Field Trip #6: A Foraging Adventure


Saturday, May 27th | 2:00 p.m. | Departing from the BIC Center

Join Gina Mangra for a primer on foraging for mushrooms, leeks, and more.

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Our route and locations visited will depend on what’s popping out at the time of our trip. You’ll learn about identifying edible species and where to find them.  While we will focus on things available on the island, the skills you learn will be transferable to foraging beyond the Emerald Isle. Want to learn more about foraging before the trip? Check out this informative Healthline article.

Board transportation for this trip at the BIC Center. You’ll return there at the conclusion with a little time to explore the town before dinner. Shopping options include the gift shop at the Beaver Island Historical Society Print Shop MuseumPowers Hardware (which includes a gift shop with island-themed items, the BIC Center (with Beaver Island Flag Swag and other gifts), Shipwreck Shirts, the St. James Boat Shop (for famous island buckets and treasure chests made of cherry, clothing and more), McDonough’s Market (the island’s grocery store with a gift shop) and Whiskey Point Brewing Company (with a variety of logo gear available). A short drive out of town you can visit St. James Pottery Studio and Island Energies (the island’s gas station with a convenience store that has some gift items).

Options for dinner include the Concession Stand at the BIC Center, the Harbour Bodega and the Shamrock (both nearby), and Dalwhinnie’s Deli or Whiskey Point Brewing Company (both about a 20-minute walk towards the Whiskey Point Lighthouse).

Want to bike around town and beyond? Bike rentals are available from Happy Paddle (pedal bikes) and Burton’s Rentals (e-bikes).  Happy Paddle also has kayaks and sea kayaks available for rental. If you head out in a kayak, be sure you (i) have appropriate cold water gear to wear as Lake Michigan remains very cold this time of year and (ii) file a float plan and get an EPIRB at the BIC Center front desk.


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Event Details

About the leader for this Field Trip:

Gina Mangra has been visiting Beaver Island since 2018 and became a resident in 2020. She is a self taught mushroom hunter who has discovered the treasures Beaver Island. She has been studying Mycology through the Midwest American Mycology Information course and working on her Michigan certification. Gina uses the mushrooms she forages for exploring culinary and medical uses. Not only does she forage fungi, she finds uses for many plants and berries she finds on the island. She's also an avid fisherman who spends hours on Lake Geneserath. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of Beaver Island with people who enjoy the passion of foraging.

The Beaver Island Birding Trail and Warblers on the Water events are projects of the Beaver Island Association. BIA is a volunteer organization that works to assure the environmental and economic sustainability of Beaver Island. Learn more about the BIA and keep up to date on island events at


Date: May 27, 2023

Start time: 02:00 p.m. EDT

End time: 04:00 p.m. EDT

Venue: Depart from the BIC Center

Directions: The BIC Center is on Michigan Avenue directly across from the ferry dock.

Phone: 231-448-2022


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