MLCO Collection Outing – October 6, 2018
Calling all mushroom nerds! Join us for the inaugural mushroom collection outing for the Macrofungi of Lane County Oregon (MLCO) project. This is not your typical CMS foray. The purpose of this scientific outing is to collect, document, identify, and voucher mushrooms that will be added to the Macrofungi of Lane County database of macrofungi. The specimens that are collected will be dried, submitted for DNA testing, then placed in the herbarium at OSU. Note: novice mushroom nerds are welcome!
- # of participants is 15
- Children accompanied by an adult are welcome
The collection outing will be lead by U of O professor Dr. Bitty Roy. Bitty is a CMS Life Member. If you have ever helped with the setup of the mushroom display for the Mount Pisgah Arboretum mushroom festival you have certainly met her. As the picture to the left shows, Bitty is typically in charge of “triage”. Yes, as the mushrooms come in she makes the initial call on the genus and directs where to place mushrooms for further identification. She certainly looks pleased with the collection of specimens that Doug Gammie brought in.
Please read below to understand what participants will be doing on this outing and the “homework” you will be responsible for prior to attending this event. Do not register for this event unless you are willing to come to the event prepared (i.e. you did your homework) and with the goal of collecting mushroom specimens for the MLCO project.
Here are the details on what you will be doing:
- With your partner(s), determine a mushroom species to collect in the field while looking at it, not picking yet. It is ideal to have more than one specimen to capture variation. (Eventually, we’ll have a list of needed species. But that is not likely this first time.) You do NOT have to know what it is as we will do “show and tell” during the trip.
- PHOTOGRAPH it from several angles WITH THE COLLECTION SLIP NUMBER VISIBLE IN EACH PHOTO. (Your phone camera works fine for this, with GPS location turned ON.) Photos must show the mushroom as it is growing, then, assuming there are more than one, take a photo showing one or two pulled and laying on their sides, next to some still standing. Do a close-up of the gills or pores if it has them. (Obviously, you can’t do that if it is a coral or another species where you can’t see gills or pores.) Take several photographs of each angle and position as above, with and without flash. How to handle unusual fungi, such as corals and resupinates, will be demonstrated.
- Collect young and mature examples, if possible, and gently place in a wax paper bag. Record location, date, habitat on a slip. Take notes on color, smell.
- Repeat 1-2-3 (above) a couple more times if you can with other species. Minimize handling of mushrooms. Not all collections will be sent for sequencing, but all good collections are important!
- Reconvene with the group at the appointed time and place (usually back at the parked cars.). The initial ID of collections will occur. Gentle packing into boxes for later processing.
- Meet back at our starting location to load mushroom species collected into dehydrators. Go out for a beer/cider/burger and talk about the fun day and how everything went! (Optional of course!)
******* VERY IMPORTANT ******** REQUIRED ADVANCE PREPARATIONS ******
- View Christian Schwarz’s video about mushrooming, which also gives a short description of iNaturalist and how to photograph fungi – Click here to view.
- Download the iNaturalist (iNat) App on your phone: Android App on Google Play or the Apple store for iPhone.
- View the iNaturalist introductory video here.
- View the following information on Michael Kuo’s Mushroom Expert web site:
- Bring a camera (phone camera is fine) and a small notebook (“Rite-In-the-Rain” recommended) in addition to all the other standard foray items listed on the CMS Foray page.
Registration for this event will open on Monday, October 1st at 11 am.