The Telluride Mushroom Festival 2014

The 33rd Telluride Mushroom Festival–August 16 through August 19, 2014–with Pre-Conference Workshops on August 15th, celebrates the multitude of uses of fungi (all things mycology).

The Telluride Mushroom Festival has been an annually recurring celebration of all things fungal the past 32 years in the high, summer-wet mountains of southwestern Colorado. Mushroom hunts, a mushroom display, mushroom cookery, mushroom talks and discussions, and a mushroom-costume parade through town are just some of the highlights of this annual 4 day mushroom festival.

NAMA (North American Mycological Association) Annual Foray

In October, the North American Mycological Association annual foray will convene at Camp Arnold in Eatonville, Washington, which lies close to great mushrooming habitat in national forest lands of the Cascades Mountains and Mt. Rainier National Park.

Paul Stamets to be keynote speaker

Fungal visionary Paul Stamets will be the keynote speaker at the foray, and PSMS scientific advisor Steve Trudel will be the foray mycologist. For over 30 years, Paul Stamets has been a dedicated mycologist in the Pacific Northwest and is internationally recognized for his contributions in mycology and the environment. He has been called a visionary for his beliefs that a deeper knowledge of fungi can help solve many of the world’s pollution problems, which is the topic of his popular 2008 TED Talk that has been seen by millions. Paul coined the term Read more »

CMS Spring Potluck: Morel Stuffing Party & Grill Out

photo by Sandor Lau

photo by Sandor Lau

CMS Members are cordially invited to attend the CMS Cookbook Spring Potluck.

Bring a favorite dish featuring spring mushrooms and the recipe used to make it or bring a stuffing for the mushrooms. We will have piping bags and a table set up with fresh morels for grilling.

Entries will be photographed and possibly included in our local mushroom cookbook and journal, scheduled for release in the fall.

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CMS Meeting: “Diversity, Ecology, and Conservation of Truffle Fungi in Forests of the Pacific Northwest” Thursday, April 10, 2014

Randy Molina

Randy Molina

At the CMS April meeting, Randy Molina will present his informative talk “Diversity, Ecology, and Conservation of Truffle Fungi in Forests of the Pacific Northwest”. This presentation summarizes five decades of truffle research by the Corvallis Forest Mycology program and emphasizes the historical development of truffle science by mycologists over the last 100 years, truffle diversity and importance in forest ecosystems, and management principles to sustain this valuable fungal resource.

WHEN:
April 10, 2014 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm @ Lane Community College, Room 115, Science Building #16

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Spring Sale: Handcrafted Morel Earrings

Now through the end of the month, our morel earrings are $15 per pair, including shipping. All proceeds from earring sales benefit the Freeman Rowe Scholarship Fund to help those that contribute to the advancement of mycology.


Most Mushrooms (without earring wire), are 3/4 inch to 1 inch in length, but sizes and shape may vary. The size of each earring set are made to match. All product materials are non-toxic. Earrings are shipped in ready to gift packaging and includes a description of the wild mushroom depicted.

Now Recruiting Board Members

full basketsWe are currently planning the election of the 2014-15 Cascade Mycological Society Board to be held in May. If you (or someone that you know) would be a good candidate, please let us know.

Anyone that has been a member of CMS for a year and is interested in helping run the club is welcome. CMS Board members do not pay Read more »

2014 CMS Photo Contest Winners

The results are in! This year there were four winners for the annual CMS Photo Contest.

Mycena subcana and Xeromphalina campanella decomposing a conifer stump

Coexist: Mycena subcana and Xeromphalina campanella decomposing a conifer stump by Mike Potts

Hydnellum peckii

Hydnellum peckii by Kris Jacobson

Coprinopsis lagopus by J. D. Bryan

Coprinopsis lagopus by J. D. Bryan

Turbinellus floccosus

Turbinellus floccosus by Elaine Owen

The winners will receive a Cascade Mycological Society Limited Edition T-Shirt, as well as special recognition at the 2014 Fungal Feast. A big thanks to all who participated for your interest and the fine photographs.

The False “Beefsteak” Morel (Gyromitra esculenta)

Article by Bruce Pandoff
Included here with permission by equip2endure.com

It is mushroom season in many parts of the US and morels are some of the most prized popping up at this time. They are considered easy to identify but there are some potentially deadly lookalikes growing in the forest and making their entrance at the same time. The false morel, commonly known as Beefsteak Morel, or Gyromitra esculenta is one of these such poisonous mushrooms and is a common mushroom for beginning mycophagists (mushroom hunters) to poison themselves with.

Before consuming any mushroom I highly recommend seeking the in person tutelage of an expert in the field of mycology or otherwise foraging expert. Look for groups and clubs that often are lead by these experts. Check bulletin boards at libraries, civic centers, college universities, and local co-op stores for such postings by these groups seeking members. If all else fails, search the internet for a local group. I am adamant about the seeking of experts and will rarely teach about edible mushrooms except for a very small selection for the simple fact that there are expert mycologist that poison themselves each year where as I gladly teach others about plants as this phenomenon with mycologists rarely happens with botanists. As you progress always keep in mind, there are old mycophagist and there are brave mycophagist, but there are no old brave mycophagist. Often how we find out if a mushroom is poisonous is due to those brave souls finding out for us and the mycological community learning from the toxicology report. Venture forth carefully.

Here is the poisonous lookalike of the prized morel, Gyromitra esculenta. It often grows under conifers such as balsam, pine and spruce. Fruiting bodies (mushrooms) may be found in spring but summer and fall are the predominate fruiting periods.

The mushroom from a distance or to the beginner may look like a morel, but upon closer inspection key identifying features will be revealed. The surface is not truly pitted, it is wrinkled, folded, and convoluted where as true morels will be pitted like a sponge.

The stem may be white, cream, or have a slight yellow tint. When cut open the stem is solid though may have air pockets. A true morel will be hollow all the way through.

It had previously been thought that these mushrooms could be parboiled, the water discarded, to be made edible but recent evidence indicates that this is in no way a reliable method of removing all the poisons. This species and other false morels cause poisoning through a compound known as Monomethylhydrazine which is found in jet fuel. When poisoned, the victim’s symptoms will be delayed anywhere from six to twelve hours. Eventually, fatigue, headache, abdominal pain, and occasionally watery diarrhea may occur. In more extreme cases, liver damage, delirium, and occasionally death will occur. There are no antidotes as of yet. There are plenty of other edibles to learn out that do not requiring doctoring to be made edible making Gyromitra not worthwhile.

Note: Before consuming any wild vegetation or plants please consult an expert. This is for informational purposes only!