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Mushroom Festival Volunteer Schedule

Festival 2009Did 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? And it’s only 30 days away? You can help! Here’s when and how…

Saturday Oct 25

Mushroom Display

Volunteers are needed to help with the labeling and setup of the Cascade Mycological Society Mushroom Display. This process goes on all day, from morning until night. It is an exciting and invaluable way to learn about the mushrooms that fruit in our region. Contact Peg Boulay to volunteer for any part of a shift.

Erin Blanchard is one of the invited mycologists who will be identifying the fungi at this year’s Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Festival.

About Erin Blanchard

Erin is studying the taxonomy and identification of fungi. Originally from San Diego, she moved north to San Francisco five years ago in favour of the damp weather and flourishing fungi.  She has been an active member of the Mycological Society of San Francisco and Bay Area Mycological Society, and has been involved with other California Mycology Clubs in organizing and setting up events. Erin has identified fungi for the annual MSSF Fungus Fair, San Diego Mycological Society, Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz, Point Reyes Fungus Fair, Marin Mushroom Mania, Point Reyes MycoBlitz, Humboldt Bay Mycological Society, Northeast Mycological Federation, UC Berkeley Fungal Survey of Yosemite, among other events.

Erin Blanchard

Erin Blanchard

Erin has moderated a message board for Mushroom Hunting and identification; she consults wild crafted food businesses, and has organized and led mushroom forays in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has worked with Dr. Else C. Vellinga sequencing the DNA of Paxillus and co-authored a poster presentation for the Mycological Society of America conference in 2009.  She has also been involved in research efforts directed by the UC Berkeley Mycology Department to identify and document species of fungi in Yosemite National Park and Point Reyes National Seashore.

Educational Displays

Volunteers are also needed to hang posters and signs, set up educational displays, and organize the CMS booth. 


Mt. Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Show and Fall Festival

Event Day Volunteers

IMG_0993Best of Show Coordinator. Help organize a process to identify the best mushroom specimens (and who collected them), coordinate with the judges (Cheshire and Marcia), and deliver prizes to the winners (this may require follow-up work after the show).

Volunteer Coordinator. During the show weekend, help link volunteers to tasks and use a sign-up system to track volunteer contact information. After the show, send a thank you email to volunteers.

Hospitality Coordinator. Check in with our honored guests to make sure that they have what they need during the festival. Bring lunch to our esteemed experts at the identification table (you will be reimbursed). Pavel at the CMS Booth

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. Just come (before 9:30) and we’ll gratefully put you to work.

Staff the CMS booth: Help share the fungal fun – booth volunteers talk to people about the CMS mission and upcoming events. You can also help sell t-shirts, mushroom earrings, and the new wild mushroom cookbook, all which go to support CMS activities and scholarship funds. Contact us, we could use more help and you could get in for free!

Help clean up on Sunday: When the show ends at 5 pm, we need volunteers to take down signs and posters and to collect and organize labels/holders.

Contact Peg Boulay to volunteer and check out our calendar for collection foray information. And aren’t we lucky the rains are finally here?

CMS Meeting: “Understanding of the life cycle of Monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi” Thursday, September 11, 2014

At September’s meeting, Jade Florence will discuss her PhD thesis research focused on the enhanced understanding of the life cycle of Monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi, the fungal causal agent of mummy berry disease of blueberry. By understanding the environmental cues that drive overwintering, she seeks to interfere with the pseudosclerotium’s ability to sense environmental change through use of mulching. Jade works in collaboration three local blueberry farms and partnership with the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP).

Meet at  7:00 pm, room 115, Science Building (Building 16) at Lane Community College in Eugene. There will be a mushroom show and tell identification session prior to the speaker. Bring what’s in your basket, edible or not, and learn from the experienced members of our community.  The talk is free and open to the public.

Speaker Bio:

I am interested in the use of cultural control, biocontrol, and integrated pest management to manage agricultural fungal pathogens. Before pursuing my graduate degree at Oregon State University, I worked as a field assistant in both large-scale and small-scale organic agricultural settings. In addition to conducting research, I also blog about my research at the OSU Mummy Berry IPM Blog at

Friday October 24, 2014: Mushroom Photographer Taylor Lockwood

10670076_825993194099708_1913858463900397595_n Experience the passion of the world’s leading mushroom photographer. Travel with Taylor across the globe to hunt and find  the most beautiful bioluminescent mushrooms  in countries such as Brazil, China, Madagascar,  New Zealand, Australia, and America. Taylor’s thirty year career in mushroom photography has given him stories from most parts of the globe, and some of the most alluring images of mushrooms ever taken. Be inspired to follow your own dreams.