Yearly Archives: 2013

Mushroom Cultivation Presentation: November 14th

soul2grow logoCMS’ invited speaker(s) for November are former CMS board member Ryan Wolverton and his wife Priscilla.  Ryan is a graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in botany. They have a mushroom business called

Soul 2 Grow is a collaborative effort between a Botanist/Mycologist and a Soil Scientist. Their academic training has provided them with a diverse skill set that has been sharpened through ten years of hands-on experience with growing and collecting plants and mushrooms in Oregon. Soul 2 Grow offers Read more »

Introducing Wild Mushroom Pinterest Board

Wondering what to bring to the CMS Cookbook Autumn Potluck or just looking for ideas on how to cook your fall mushroom haul? Visit our new Pinterest board for inspiration.

Already have a recipe everyone adores? Submit it online for possible inclusion in our 2014 Cascade Mycological Society Cookbook or email it, along with pictures, to We’d love to hear from you.

Call for CMS Mushroom Festival Volunteers

collecting mushroomsDid you know that the amazing mushroom display at Mount Pisgah Arboretum’s (MPA) Mushroom Festival is entirely collected, identified, displayed and interpreted by CMS volunteers? (Of course, we have wonderful guest experts assist us with identification.) You can help! Here’s how…

Collect mushrooms

CMS will be organizing special forays to collect mushrooms for the show – watch the CMS website for details. You can also collect mushrooms on your own and bring your treasures to MPA’s White Oak Pavilion on Saturday, 10/26, between 10 am and 3 pm.  Will your huge Cauliflower Mushroom, fresh young Stinkhorn, or picture-perfect Scaly Pholiota win “Best of Show?”

Help set up on Saturday

You can help place mushrooms in the display, hang posters and signs, set up educational displays, and organize the CMS booth. You don’t need to sign up to help out, just show up at the White Oak Pavilion on Saturday, 10/26, between 10 am and 2 pm.

Help set up on Sunday

Sunday morning, 8:30 – 10:00 AM is always a scramble to clear, clean and organize before the show opens. Again, just come early and we’ll gratefully put you to work. Help share the fungal fun – booth volunteers talk to people about the CMS mission and upcoming events. You can also Read more »

Langdon Cook Presents: Friday, October 25th at the LCC Forum

Langdon CookLangdon Cook, author of “The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America” and “Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager,” will be our featured speaker on the Friday before the Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Festival. Langdon’s newest book “The Mushroom Hunter” is getting great reviews. It examines human behavior, economics, food, society, and nature all the while we are being entertained and enlightened by stories of gastronomy and mushrooms.

Langdon likes to write about the intersection of nature and food…wild foods and foraging…and the fascinating characters who inhabit that intersection. This gives him a chance to follow all kinds of threads that intrigue him: natural foods, culinary trends, wildlife, environmental politics, adventure travel, etc. You can visit his website at It gathers together in one place information on Read more »

Special Russulas Presentation: October 17th, 2013

russulaBart Buyck from Paris will present “Russulas”

Several of the regional mycology clubs have worked together to bring Dr. Bart Buyck to the PNW. He is here to gather local Russulas for study and to talk to the various mycology clubs about his research. This is a special meeting to accommodate Bart’s visit to Eugene.

Dr. Bart Buyck is Associate Professor in the Department of Systematics and Evolution at the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, France. Bart obtained his PhD in 1989 at the University of Gent in Belgium with a revision of Russula in Africa for which he received the Augustin Pyramus de Candolle prize of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Geneva, Switzerland. He has continued his research in tropical mycology, first at the University of Louvain-la-neuve, Belgium, and later at the University of Bujumbura in Burundi, Central Africa. Since 1996 Bart joined the Laboratoire de Crytogamie of the National History Museum in Paris, France, where he is responsible for the Mycology Herbarium. Read more »

General Meeting: Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Matt Trappe

Matt Trappe

Do Edible Mushrooms in Oregon Contain Radioactive Contaminants?

Matt Trappe, one of the authors of “North American Truffles,” will talk about local mushrooms having radioactive contaminants on October 10th. Matt is a research ecologist with over 15 years experience working in western forests. He specializes in disturbance ecology particularly fire, and mycology, as well as soil microbiology, DNA and isotopic analysis, forestry, and botany. Matt has a Ph.D in Environmental Sciences and a MS in Forest Science/Forest Resources, both from OSU. He also has a BS in Electronic Engineering/Automated Manufacturing and worked as Read more »

Mushroom Festival: October 27th, 2013 from 10am–5pm

2013-new-design-Hydnum-repaAs you’ve heard, Langdon Cook, author of “The Mushroom Hunters” and “Fat of the Land” is our featured speaker at the LCC Forum this Friday. He is also going to be at the Mt. Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival on Sunday.

Steve Trudell will also be available at the Mushroom Festival on Sunday. He is the co-author of “Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest” along with Joe Ammirati and has recently co-authored the new book, “Tricholomas of North America – A Mushroom Field Guide.”

CMS has a great new design for T-shirts this year, Hydnum repandum. Mushroom earrings and mushroom center pieces will also be available for sale, along with a mushroom walking stick that will be raffled off.

Hope to see you Friday evening at 7 PM at the LCC Forum and at the Mt. Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival on Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM.

Suggested Donation: $8 per person, children under 12 free.
Take exit 189 off I-5, just south of Eugene-Springfield.
Free shuttle from Civic Stadium every hour on the hour!

Mushroom Identi-Fest: Thursday, September 12

Cantharellus formosus photo by Bruce Newhouse

Cantharellus formosus
photo by Bruce Newhouse

The first meeting of “the mushroom year” for the Cascade Mycological Society will be what we like to call the “identifest.” What’s an identifest? Just as it sounds, this meeting will be focused on identifying fresh mushrooms that people have brought with them. So, bring whatever fungal finds you’ve found (fresh, dried, or pictures) and we’ll endeavor to identify them to species (using Mushrooms Demystifyed). If you can get a spore print before the meeting and bring that in too, it will help with the identification process.

We will have microscopes available Read more »

Membership Meeting and Pizza Social : Thursday June 13

Caprese_Pizza_ 012Come join the rest of the CMS membership for our last general meeting of this season! This is a members only meeting and pizza social, and the last CMS activity before we go into  “hibernation” over the summer. The pizza social will be held on Thursday June 13 at 7 pm at Roaring Rapids Pizza, on 4006 Franklin Boulevard in Glenwood. In addition, Read more »

General Meeting : Thursday May 9

Movie Night  – The Cloud Forest Project

Join us for popcorn with truffle oil and a movie. “The Cloud Forest Project” film is based on a group of U.S. scientists’ funded by the National Geographic and the National Science Foundation, working on experiments about orchid mimicry, decomposing fungi, and their pollinators in the tropical cloud forest of Ecuador. Dr. Bitty Roy from the U of O, and one of her students and CMS scholarship recipient, Roo Vandergrift, will be present to answer questions following the film. Dr. Roy has been working for the last four years in the cloud forest working out the pollination system of a mushroom-mimicking orchid in the genus, Dracula.

This film is the work of British film maker and nature photographer, Jacky Poon, who vividly captures a never-before-seen moment of a newly discovered method of pollination used by Ecuadorian orchids in a cloud forest. This film is filled with spectacular footage ranging from birds to monkeys to orchids to interviews with villagers who have been threatened by mining operators. It was filmed with personal-diary style in mind, with lots of interesting science as well as banters and moments of laughter. The film also documented conservation issues and mining conflicts in the heart of the Intag Valley, what the local people are facing, and what we can do to help.

Our general meetings are the second Thursday of the month. Meet at 7 PM, Room 115, Science Building (Bldg. 16) at Lane Community College in Eugene. As always, the presentation is free and open to the public.