Dennis E. Desjardin, Professor of Mycology at San Francisco State University and Director of the Harry D. Thiers Herbarium will speak to us about his new book, “California Mushrooms“. California is one of the most ecologically rich and diverse regions of North America, and home to thousands of species of mushrooms. In California Mushrooms, mycologists Dennis Desjardin, Michael Wood, and Fred Stevens cover over 1100 of them, with detailed profiles of 650 species. Each profile includes information on macro- and micromorphology, habitat, edibility, and comparisons with closely related species and potential look-alikes. Although the focus of the book is on mushrooms of California, over 90% of the species treated occur elsewhere, making the book useful throughout western North America.
Meet at 7:00 pm in the Main Hall at the Amazon Community Center at 2700 Hilyard St. There will 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. Please note this date is different from our usual Wednesday meeting time in order to accommodate the speaker’s schedule. Read more ›
On Saturday, December 5, 9am to 5pm at the Forestry Clubhouse in Peavy Arboretum just north of Corvallis, the North American Truffling Society and dog trainer Jeannine May will present a truffle dog training seminar. Click here for driving directions, and click here for a map of the Arboretum road system. The seminar will be a combination of lecture, fundamentals of scent training, and practical field work. Beverages and a continental breakfast will be provided.
Attendance is limited to six dogs and four audits (people without their dogs). A waiting list will be maintained; if there is sufficient interest another seminar may be scheduled. All dogs will be required to be under voice control and well-mannered in company of other dogs and people. Aggressive or disruptive dogs will be ejected from the class without refund. Current rabies vaccination required for participating dogs.
The course fee for NATS members is $200 with dogs and $100 for audits, and for non-members $215 with dogs and $115 for audits, payable in advance. The non-member fee includes a 2013 NATS membership. For questions or to register for the seminar, please contact Marilyn Hinds.
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Botanist, Ron Exeter, will be hosting an informative mushroom identification discussion at BLM’s Alsea Falls Recreation Site on Saturday, October 31. Participants will learn how to identify many edible mushrooms, including chanterelle mushrooms, and will be provided suggestions on where to find them.
The discussion will begin at 10:00 a.m. and again at 1:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring fungi to the free class to add to the display.
Alsea Falls Recreation Area
Season Dates: May 1 – October 31
Fees: $12/night per campsite w/$5 additional vehicle fee $3 per vehicle for day use site.
Watch for Heavy Equipment and Log Trucks on Fall Creek Road near the Alsea Falls Recreation Site and Alsea Falls Trail System from September 23, 2015 through May 30, 2016.
Alsea Falls Recreation Area is nestled along the South Fork Alsea River National Back Country Byway, between the small communities of Alsea and Alpine. The Alsea Falls Recreation Area offers 16 overnight camp sites and 22 day use sites along the pristine South Fork Alsea River that is located in a lush coastal forest. The campground and day use site offers potable water, tent pads, fire rings, picnic tables, and vault toilets.
The Alsea Falls Recreation Area also offers hiking trails that will provide you with a scenic hike through the forest and to several waterfalls. The Fall Creek Trailhead is located within minutes from the campground by bike. The Fall Creek Trailhead is a mountain-bike specific, single track, downhill system that has 6.5 miles of forested adventure for all skill levels. The inspiration for the Fall Creek Trail System design came from the internationally known and popular Sandy Ridge Trail System. For more information on the Fall Creek Trailhead go to the Alsea Falls Trail System website or call 503-375-5646.
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Join CMS board member Pavel Gubanikhin for a foray leaving Eugene at 9:00 am and returning by 4:00 pm. We will be harvesting edibles and collecting other species for identification. Maximum driving time 90 minutes each way. Be prepared for cooler weather and dress for rain, depending on the forecast. Bring lunch and water, mushroom identification books, a time piece, whistles, GPS units, and walkie-talkies if you have them. Beginners and children with adult supervision are welcome. No dogs please.
Pavel has been hunting mushrooms since he was a child growing up in Russia. He is a CMS treasurer and an amateur mushroom picker. Many of the beautiful photos in the CMS cookbook were provided by Pavel.
We will carpool. Limit 15 people.
Registration is closed. Foray Full.
Beginning today you can taste a surprising variety of wild mushroom specialties to complement the Mushroom Adventure Weekend festivities at a number of small, locally-owned restaurants representing Eugene’s flourishing locavore food and beverage scene, including Cornbread Cafe – Organic Vegan Comfort Food, Marché Restaurant and Provisions Market Hall, Membrillo Latin Kitchen, Noisette Pastry Kitchen, Kamitori Masa’s Kitchen & Bakery,Oregon Wine LAB, Party Downtown, and Red Wagon Creamery.
Visit Culinaria Eugenius at culinariaeugenius.wordpress.com for a complete listing of all the mushroom specials for the Tasting Tour.
Assorted Wild Mushroom Tempura with Green Tea Dipping Salt
Wild Mushroom Tartine offered by Blackboard, the cute little café inside Provisions Market Hall. Mixed Wild Mushrooms & Thyme on Levain Toasts with Bechamel & Gruyere, Horton Road Greens & Apple Cider-Star Anise Vinaigrette.
Note: Some restaurants will not be open on Sunday, Oct. 25, and dishes are subject to change, depending on availability.
On Friday, October 16 join Suzanne Simard, Ph.D, forest ecologist at the University of British Columbia, for a featured talk on “Mycorrhizal Communication in Forests.” The talk is sponsored by the Eugene Natural History Society at its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. at 100 Willamette Hall on the University of Oregon campus.
Suzanne Simard is a Professor of Forest Ecology in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at the University of British Columbia. There she teaches courses in forest and soil ecology, and complex adaptive systems. Her research program focuses on natural and anthropogenic disturbance and climate change effects on the structure, function and resilience of forest ecosystems. She specializes in examining feedbacks and communication between plant and soil communities (particularly mycorrhizal fungi) and how these Read more ›
Friday, October 23
Leader Harriet Kelly
We will go to the Coast Range, maybe all the way to the coast, depending on where the mushrooms are. Maximum driving distance 150 miles round trip. This will be an all day field trip, returning to Eugene before dark, Leaving at 9 am
. Bring lunch and water, be prepared for cooler weather. Beginners are welcome, all levels. We will collect specimens of everything we see for the show.
We will have a film crew from Brazil along. They are in North america filming a show on mushrooms. They will only film people who want to be filmed. Come along and be on international TV.
Quench your thirst – for beer and for knowledge – at Ideas on Tap, the museum’s pub conversation series. Enjoy Claim 52 beers and thought-provoking discussions about science, ecology, history, and more.
Fungi and the Forest
With botanist Molly Widmer and wildlife biologist Chris Melotti Read more ›