About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Photo Share: Puffball Mushroom

Photo shared by Holly
Get ready for puffball season:

- These mushrooms fruit in late summer to early fall. Despite their large size this happens quickly. - The fruit body will appear in about a week's time.

- Young giant puffballs have a white, fleshy interior. They become brown and discolored when past their prime and ready to release spores. They are also not edible at this stage.

- All puffball mushrooms bear spores inside the mushroom rather than through external gills.

- The exterior of the mushroom will eventually crack to release spores. This process is usually hurried along by weather, animals, and humans.

- A mature giant puffball contains trillions of spores!

Read more about puffball mushrooms: https://goo.gl/3fI9wn

Thank you Holly for sharing snapshot from your beautiful yard. 

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