CMS Weekend Foray in Bend: June 6-7

Morchella ElataJoin the Cascade Mycological Society for a weekend morel and spring bolete foray in Bend on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7. You will need a current mushroom picking permit for personal use. They are free from the forest service.

We’ve reserved a block of rooms at Cultus Lake Resort which features 23 rustic cabins, on or near the lake. For reservations, call the lodge at 541-408-1560 or email them at reservations@cultuslakeresort.com. They are closed for the season so please allow a week or so for your confirmation. Another recommended overnight location is nearby Cultus Lake Campground. 55 non-reservable tent camping sites are available.

Cultus Lake

We will be departing for the foray from  Cultus Lake Resort. You will receive detailed meetup information from the Foray Host after completing your registration. This foray is capped at 20 people per day.

The Foray is now full and there is no wait list.

Danny Newman, independent neo-tropical mycologist and photographer

Danny Newman, a visiting mycologist from California will be giving a special presentation to CMS on Wednesday May 27th.

DannyVestDanny Newman is an independent neo-tropical mycologist and photographer interested in cataloging biodiversity, and the systematics of entomopathogenic fungi. He’s the librarian for the Mycological Society of San Francisco, the founder of the Sociedad Micológica de Bolivia, and is a parataxonomist with Dr. Dennis Desjardin’s lab and the Harry D. Thiers Herbarium at San Francisco State University.

The presentation takes place on Wednesday May 27th, 7 pm LCC Science Bldg. rm 115.

CMS Meeting Thursday, May 14, 2015: A truffle of dubious origins: the enigmatic Sedecula pulvinata

Matt Trappe

Matt Trappe

Sedecula pulvinata is a rare truffle that occurs in dry pine forests.  It has somehow managed to escape the attention of molecular biologists – as well as most everyone else… the latest research is from 1947.

We don’t know what family it’s in (or even what order!), nor its role in the ecosystem.  Dr. Trappe led a crack team to undo these injustices, and he will share their breathtaking results.

Meet at 7:00 pm, room 115, Science Building (Building 16) at Lane Community College in Eugene. There will also be a mushroom show and tell identification session prior to the speaker. Bring what’s in your basket, edible or not, and learn from the experienced members of our community. The talk is free and open to the public.

Annual Membership Meeting Sunday, May 3, 2015: Morel Stuffing Party & Grill Out

Save the Date

The Annual Membership Meeting has been scheduled this year in conjunction with the May Morel Stuffing Party & Grill Out on Sunday, May 3, 2015 beginning at 4:00 pm, at a member’s home. Bring a stuffing for the mushrooms or a dish featuring or complementing spring mushrooms. We will have piping bags and a table set up with fresh morels for grilling.

The purpose of the meeting is three-fold. First, we will elect a new Board. Second, we recruit members to help make the events we put on; forays, the mushroom display at the Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Festival, educational programming, culinary events, and monthly public meetings. Last, the spring morel potluck is a great event you do not want to miss.

Invitations and a link to vote for the new board will be sent to members on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. 

Membership fees pay for communication, meeting space, guest speakers, special events, grants, research projects and more.

CMS Meeting Thursday, April 9, 2015: For the Love of Western Ascomycetes

Michael Beug“In this talk, I will illustrate the spectacular and diverse world of Ascomycete fungi in the west. You will learn about edibles from morels to truffles, fungal habitats and fungal lifestyles. I describe what Ascomycetes are. You will learn about unusual fungi, some with medicinal applications, some with industrial uses, some that cause plant diseases, some that cure plant diseases, and some that control insects.

I describe how I came to write the book Ascomycete Fungi of North America with coauthors Alan and Arleen Bessette, the first color –illustrated book to cover North American Ascomycetes. Ascomycete Fungi of North America has just been nominated for the PROSE award for the best 2014 book in the single volume reference/science category.” – Dr. M. Beug

Dr Michael Beug with Morels and Boletes

Dr Michael Beug with Morels and Boletes

Meet at 7:00 pm, room 115, Science Building (Building 16) at Lane Community College in Eugene. There will also be a mushroom show and tell identification session prior to the speaker. Bring what’s in your basket, edible or not, and learn from the experienced members of our community. The talk is free and open to the public.

3rd Annual Spring Mushroom Fair in Humboldt

2015 Mush Fair Flyer

Attention Mycological Societies of Northern California and Oregon,

The Humboldt State University Mycology Club would like to invite you to our Spring Mushroom Fair on Saturday April 4th, 2015 from 12:00-5:00pm in the Kate Buchannan Room on HSU campus. Please pass this info along to your members in case any of them wants to make the journey to Humboldt County for this awesome student-run fair. This is a free, one-day event, and will be packed with mycological talks, delicious fungal foods, mushroom art, tables devoted to virtually every fungal topic, and all the general festivity you’d expect at any mushroom fair! See the flyer for more details.

Members of the HSU Mycology Club and the Humboldt Bay Mycological Society will be frantically foraying during the days leading up to the fair, which any of you are welcome to join in on. All specimens need to be delivered to the HSU Mycology Lab in Science B by a reasonable hour on Friday evening for identification.

Please feel free to contact us if you are coming and wish to participate in any way, or if you would like to be set up with accommodation during your stay. May we fortify our hyphal network of myco-enthusiasts across our bioregion!

Fondly,
Jocelyn Gwynn
Fair Publicity Coordinator

CMS Meeting Thursday, March 12, 2015: A People’s History of Mushroom Cultivation

Adventure into the discoveries, epiphanies, and profound accidents which developed the intimate dance with fungi we call mushroom cultivation.

Ja Workshop

A span of almost 2,000 years and a brilliantly inventive past century have brought mushroom growing into a vital art of transforming wastes into nutrient rich foods, potent medicines, and consciousness expanding, therapeutic allies, with major implications on ecological resilience.

Ja will bring a variety of cultivated fungi growing at different stages and methods to accompany the presentation. The talk is free and open to the public.

Meet at 7:00 pm, room 115, Science Building (Building 16) at Lane Community College in Eugene. Gregory J. Koester with the Eugene District Bureau of Land Management will be issuing free personal use mushroom permits before the meeting. Stop by and get yours in time for the 2015 season.

There will also be a mushroom show and tell identification session prior to the speaker. Bring what’s in your basket, edible or not, and learn from the experienced members of our community.

Bio:

Ja Schindler is a researcher and instructor of mushroom cultivation and applied mycology as the founder and director of Fungi For The People, a Eugene based organization focused on food justice and environmental activism.

From their local research lab they are cultivating a diversity of projects to support citizen science and ecological restoration as well as producing cultivation supplies and mushroom products from their culture library of over 200 mushroom species. Since 2011 more than 2,500 people have attended their hands-on courses, both nationally and internationally.

Ja is currently authoring a book on mushroom cultivation due out December 2015 through Voyageur Press. To learn more about the work of Ja and Fungi For the People visit www.FungiForThePeople.org

Costa Rica Mushroom Foray, May 31st -Jun 04, 2015

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Reservations are now being accepted for a Costa Rican Mushroom Foray to be lead by mycologist-author Lawrence Millman, who has documented fungi in places as diverse as Belize, Spitzbergen, Western Samoa, the Canadian Arctic, Honduras, Nantucket, and Costa Rica.

He is the author of Fascinating Fungi of New England, the only guidebook to New England fungi, as well as a book of mycological travel essays entitled Giant Polypores & Stoned Reindeer: Rambles in Kingdom Fungi. He lives in Cambridge, MA, USA. For more details, contact Sandy Schmidt in the US at 877-907-5360 or email schmidt@holbrooktravel.com.

Valentine’s Day Foray

Join Cheshire Mayrsohn for a mushroom collection foray at a relatively low elevation in the Cascade foothills, within 45 miles of Eugene. We will meet at 10 a.m. and plan to be back by mid-afternoon.

foray

We’re hoping for hedgehogs, winter chanterelles and black trumpets, and good weather. Terrain will be moderate, no steep climbs required to get to mushrooms but the trail is narrow in spots. Projected range is under 2 miles. Mushroom permits required. The permit you got last fall is now expired. Please get your 2015 mushroom permit from the Forest Service at 3106 Pierce Parkway in Springfield 8-4:30 Monday thru Friday or any other Forest Service office.

Detailed meet up information and location details will be emailed to you upon receipt of your registration form. This foray is limited to the first 18 people to sign up. Members only, no guests, no dogs.

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No more registrations will be accepted at this time. You may sign up to wait list by sending a message to membership@cascademyco.org and we will notify you of any open spaces.

Foray Coordinator Wanted

collecting mushroomsThe Cascade Mycological Society is seeking a Foray Coordinator for the 2015 mushroom season.

The Foray Coordinator is the person who coordinates the details for each CMS foray including selecting the date/time/location, recruiting co-leaders, handing foray registrations, and conducting follow up.

Selects Location, Date and Time for the Foray

Together with the CMS Board and/or experienced CMS members, the Foray Coordinator selects a fruitful location and date/time for mushroom education and collection and arranges all necessary access permission to public or private lands in advance of the trip.

Because of the changing Oregon weather, it is may be best to schedule the date/time and meeting location and then select the location of the actual foray a day before the meeting to ensure the best spot. If possible, s/he plans alternate sites in case weather conditions (snow, freezing temperatures, drought, etc.) make the planned trip unsafe or unproductive for mushrooming.

hikerRecruits Co-Leader(s)

Depending on the nature of the foray, the Foray Coordinator recruits leaders to assist at the foray. It is recommended to have one leader for each 15 participants. In the case of a culinary foray, a helper is may also needed to assist the camp stove cook.

Handling Foray Registrations

The Foray Coordinator works with the webmaster to have online registration forms made available for every foray and is the primary contact for all foray registrants, answering questions and sending out reminders.

Follow Up

The Foray Coordinator solicits feedback from participants after the foray and collects pictures for our photo album.

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