Massif des monts Sutton BioKit: mushrooms
Whether on the ground, tree bark or dead wood, mushrooms decompose the abundant organic matter. In doing so, they help produce nutrient-rich soil.
Many different species of mushrooms are found on the Massif des monts Sutton. Some are edible, but others are poisonous. So, unless you are a specialist, do not touch them!
Find a mushroom and, using your mirror, bend down and carefully look under its cap. Are there gills, folds or tiny tubes? That is where the spores, which are used for reproduction, are found.
Did you know that...
The visible part of the mushroom represents only a very small part of this organism. Underground is a network of filaments called hyphae. These are what decompose organic matter.
They are everywhere: in the water, air and soil. Insects and other invertebrates are valuable allies for nature and humans. In the forest, they work non-stop at decomposing dead leaves and other organic matter. They are a key source of food for many animals, in addition to playing a major role in pollination.
Observe a snag (standing dead tree) or carefully lift a log off the ground to see creatures scurrying about.
How many kinds of bugs do you see?
Remember! Be sure to put everything back where you found it after your observations.
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