Bird’s Nest Fungi – Spores Spread by Rain Drops

First published May 20, 2017 At first glance, they look like curious, minuscule insect nests. Tiny baskets, holding a collection of ‘eggs,’ clinging to a dead log at the edge of Deer Creek. Identification investigations revealed something more interesting than ‘just’ insects.  Bird’s Nest Fungi – Nidulariaceae, Cyathus stercoreus – mushrooms that use raindrops to propagate. Moving with the Rain Raindrops aren’t the only …