Yearly Archives: 2012

General Meeting – Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Musings of a Mushroom Hunter: A Natural History of Foraging Paperback by Denis Benjamin

Musings of a Mushroom Hunter: A Natural History of Foraging Paperback
by Denis Benjamin

Cascade Mycological Society is pleased to welcome Dr. Dennis R Benjamin as the speaker for our January general meeting. Dr. Benjamin will have his latest book available for sale (Musings of a Mushroom Hunter: A Natural History of Foraging), as well as a selection of original watercolor paintings of fungi.

Please note the unusual date and location for this meeting: It is on Tuesday, January 15, *NOT* on Thursday, January 10, which would be our typical meeting day.  The meeting will be in the LCC Forum, room 309, *NOT* in the usual location. 

Brief Biography of Dr. Dennis Benjamin

Denis R. Benjamin grew up in South Africa, emigrating to the Pacific Northwest in 1970. He practiced pediatric pathology at the children’s hospitals in Seattle, Washington and Fort Worth, Texas. He became an amateur mycologist soon after his arrival in the USA. He recently returned to the east slopes of the Cascade Mountains in Washington to continue his passion for mushrooms, the outdoors and natural history. He was a consultant to the regional poison control center, a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Puget Sound Mycological Society, and a past Chairman of the Toxicology Committee of the North American Mycological Association. He is frequent speaker at mushrooms clubs and societies . In addition to nearly 100 professional publications Read more »

Fungal Feast : Feb 7

Cascade Mycological Society is pleased to announce that the Fungal Feast is returning! Mark your calendars, we will be celebrating Oregon’s bountiful wild mushroom harvest with the 2013 Fungal Feast  on Thursday, February 7 beginning at 6:30 at the NW Youth Corps lodge at 2621 Augusta Street in SE Eugene. Enjoy an exotic wild mushroom banquet, learn secrets to cooking wild mushrooms from our renowned Chef Joseph and his team of Epicurean chefs. In addition to being a delightful meal amongst your fellow mycophiles, this event is a significant fundraiser for CMS. We will be holding a fungal themed raffle and auction.

Entertainment and FUNgal surprises round out the evening. Ticket sales will begin online at on January 14, and will be limited. In past years this event has sold out quickly. Read more »

CMS Foray to collect for Fungal Feast – Feb 2

forayOn Saturday, Feb. 2 there will be a foray led by David Hammond and Cheshire Mayrsohn with the intention of collecting mushrooms for the Fungal Feast to be held Thursday Feb 7. This time of year we expect to find hedgehogs, winter chanterelles, and black trumpets if we are lucky. We will be going to the Read more »

Now, Forager

We have heard from Jason Cortlund, who has directed the mushroom foraging themed movie movie “Now, Forager”, which is playing from December 28 through Jan 4 at the Living Room Theatre in Portland. From Jason

” Mushroom clubs have been big supporters of the film so far, so I was hoping you might be able to share the screening info with your people. Here’s the screening info:

We’re a tiny production with no budget for advertising and publicity. Good will and word of mouth is the best we can hope for!

I grew up in the Oregon woods (outside Silverton) and graduated from UofO – and I think a certain Northwestern sensibility shows pretty well in the finished work. I know it’s kind of a trek up from Eugene, but I thought I let you know anyway. We’re trying to get a run at the Bijou as well – if you think your members might come out for a movie about mushrooms, that might help them put it on the calendar. “

General Meeting – Thursday Dec 13

Our December general meeting will feature the Spanish mycologist Dr. Luis Gonzaga. Dr. Gonzaga will present about studies of European black truffle ecology. He will discuss evidence supporting the hypothesis that “Ectomycorrhizae could be ‘liming’ host plant roots”.

Please join CMS in welcoming Dr. Luis Gonzaga. Our general meetings are the second Thursday of the month. Meet at 7 PM, Room 115, Science Building (Building 16) at Lane Community College in Eugene. The presentation is free and open to the public.

CMS Prepare for Thanksgiving Foray – Saturday November 17

On Saturday November 17, Chris Melotti and Molly Widmer will be coleading a CMS foray. This foray will be heading to the Cascades, with the exact location to be determined. The emphasis of this trip will be on collecting edible species for Thanksgiving. In the spirit of the holiday season, we will encourage sharing of what we find, so that everyone can go home with something edible. What better way to impress your family than showing up to the Thanksgiving table with a basket of Chanterelles?

Please remember to bring your mushroom picking permits and trail parking permit, if you have one. Expect to carpool, and please be prepared to split the cost of gasoline with whomever drives (bring cash).

Participation in this foray is limited to CMS members, and registration will be limited to 24 people. Registration is required. To register, send an email with your name, phone number, and the names of members coming with you to We will respond and let you know that you are on the list, unless space runs out.

We will be meeting at 9:30 am in Eugene, the precise location will be sent to those registered for the foray.

Note : Foray registration is now closed

General Meeting – Thursday Nov 8

Ja Schindler : Fungi for the People

We are pleased to welcome Ja Schindler from Fungi for the People to our November general meeting. Fungi for the people is a Eugene-based organization dedicated to working with mushrooms in a sustainable fashion to heal the planet and it’s people.

Ja will be speaking about Mushroom Permaculture, MycoRemediation and Cultivated Medicine.

CMS general meetings are held the second Thursday of every month and are open to the public.

Time : 7 p.m.

Location : LCC Science Building #16, Room 115.

2012 Photo Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2012 Photo Contest. For all those who did not get the chance to see the framed prints at the Mushroom Festival, or who were having too much fun to notice them, we are proud to announce the three winning photos here. The winners are :

Dawn Stetzel, who sent this photo of “The Prince” (Agaricus augustus) taken from the Oregon Coast
Doug Gammie, who sent this photo of Phaeolus schweinitzii









and Joaqin Sanchez Romero, who sent this photo of Oudemansiella mucida taken from beech forest in Sierra de Izarraitz, Spain

2012 Mount Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival

Mushroom-Festival-2012-Poster-Small-242x300Don’t miss the 31st annual mushroom show at the Mount Pisgah Arboretum! This is the largest event of the year for CMS, and is always a special treat for everyone either seriously or casually interested in regional fungi. It is also an important fundraising event for the Mount Pisgah Arboretum.

Sunday Oct. 28th, 2012, 10 AM-5 PM.

Mushroom Exhibit, Live Music, Kid’s Activities, Great Food & Wine, Arts, Crafts, Books.

Please see for more information.

Photos: Eugene’s 31st annual Mushroom Festival

Debbie Viess : “Wicked and Wonderful Amanitas of the West”

Cascade Mycological Society Presents

Debbie Viess


Wicked and Wonderful Amanitas of the West

Debbie is obsessed with mushrooms in general and Amanitas in particular, for close to 20 years. In 2006 she co-founded the Bay Area Mycological Society (BAMS), a science-centric mushroom club with her husband, David Rust. She has been instrumental in creating and managing the annual Pt. Reyes Nations Seashore Fungus Fairs, and has been a prominent contributor to the Pt. Reyes Mycoblitzes and the ongoing Yosemite Fungal Survey. Debbie has taught mushroom field classes for the California Academy of Sciences, the Audubon Society, Albany Adult School and Pt. Reyes Field Seminars, and has lectured about mushrooms to audiences around the country.

She has also written mushroom-flavored articles for “Bay Nature” magazine and is a contributing editor to “Fungi” magazine as well as “Mushroom, the Journal of Wild Mushrooming. In 2009, she published an extensive, illustrated article on the Amanitas of East Bay in the well-respected botanical journal, “The Manzanita.” She is a frequent mushroom spokesperson for radio and television and consulted on Bay area mushroom poisoning cases. Debbie loves making mycology accessible and fun for everyone and uses humor and great visuals to sweeten her science. CMS is proud to host Debbie Viess aka “AmanitaRita.” Don’t miss this event. Date: Friday, October 26th, 2012. Time: 7.00 P.M. Location: LCC Forum, Bldg. 17, Room 308, Cost: $5 suggested donation.