Mid-Coast Audubon will present “Basic Knowledge of Mushrooms and How to Cook Them” with Travis Benner on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Camden Public Library, 55 Main St.

Benner of Alna used to hate mushrooms as a kid. Now a bit older, he has fallen in love with them and gained confidence in learning which wild ones are safe to eat. This is particularly valuable since he is a chef at the Damariscotta River Grill. A graduate of Morse High School in Bath, he went on to study culinary arts and to buy a book on mushrooming that started him on the path to chanterelles and oyster mushrooms. Benner will share his knowledge of mushrooms and some of his cooking techniques. The program is co-sponsored by the Camden Public Library and is free to the public. For more information, contact the library at 236-3440.

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 midcoastaudubon.org.