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.

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