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Different kind of turkey tail

Different kind of turkey tail

You've seen lots of turkey tails -- from the ones on the wild creatures that live in the woodlands to the ones you might have made as a child with your hand on a piece of paper.

But there's another kind of turkey tail you'll find in the forest -- it's the turkey tail fungus. The second part of its Latin name, Trametes versicolor, means many colored. And if you see one in the wild, you'll notice that it is many-colored, and it does look like a turkey tail. This fungus is a shelf mushroom, which means it appears to be bracketed on top of one another and inserted to the side of a tree.  The best place to find a turkey tail fungus is by looking down at decaying and dying trees. You can find them spring through fall and even into winter.

 

Here's a photo of a turkey tail fungus taken by Carol Freeman.  You can note the tan, white, green and dark brown colors in this mushroom. It's being studied for its medicinal purposes -- some scientists think that it can slow the progression of tumors and reduce the effects of chemotherapy and radiation. More studies are needed; in the meantime, take a walk in the woods this autumn and look for turkey tails.  

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What now?

What now?

In light of the recent election it is obvious to me that it is even more important that we take the care of the environment, people, and the planet into our own hands. In the words of Margaret Mead "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has." I am one person, I need your help. Let's join our passion, knowledge, and love of nature into a movement that will change the world.
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