Mid-Coast Audubon will host a program about edible and medicinal mushrooms on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road in Washington.

Presenter David Spahr is an author, naturalist, photographer and edible-forest farmer. His recent book titled “Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada,” is an illustrated guidebook on finding, collecting, identifying and preparing the safer and more common edible and medicinal mushroom species of New England and Eastern Canada. A commercial photographer, Spahr combined his mycological expertise and photographic skill for the book.

Spahr, a resident of Washington, has collected edible mushrooms for 37 years. He is a member of the Maine Mycological Society and is on the Maine Mushroom Task Force, which develops rules for the foraging and sale of wild mushrooms. The program is free and open to all.

Mid-Coast Audubon is an all-volunteer group whose mission is to promote long term responsible use of natural resources through an informed membership, education and community awareness. MCAS offers free monthly birding trips and educational programs as well as maintaining four public preserves. For more information visit our Web site
www.midcoastaudubon.org or call Sue Schubel at 644-1077.