Spores of aerobic fungi preserve as fossils in the mud of Crawford Lake where transport from the upland is (and was) via wind and Canada geese (McAndrews and Turton. Fungal spores record Iroquoian and Canadian agriculture in the second millennium AD sediment of Crawford Lake, Ontario, Canada. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany. accepted for publication December 18, 2009). We observe that Canada geese roost on Summerhouse Pond and also graze nearby fields. We propose to twice-monthly collect and analyse goose droppings when available and the pond water and sediment for fungal spore type, frequency and source. As collateral information, we will gather data on fossil pollen and plankton.
Charlie Turton,Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto