Photos from the Winter Fungal Foray & Feast

CMS Meeting Thursday, February 12, 2015: Mushroom Identification with Artist Ann Goddard

Ann Goddard grew up in Oregon and has spent almost 40 years illustrating Pacific Northwest mushrooms.  Intrigued by the many fungi sprouting along roadsides in Seattle, noticed while walking her dog, Ann began to try to identify them.  It became quickly clear that it would take very detailed examination to tell one little brown mushroom from the other.

Frustrated by the limited illustrations in the field guides, she took up colored pencils.  Assisted by some early training at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, she learned the challenges and joys of drawing from life objects which changed by the minute and were completely disintegrated in days, if not hours.

Hypomyces by Ann Goddard

Hypomyces by Ann Goddard

Ann is also a photographer, and has kept photographs, field notes, spore prints, and dried samples many of the mushrooms she’s illustrated.  Back in the 1970’s, she attended a number of mycological workshops and began trying to identify the mushrooms with the help of the likes of Dr. Alexander Smith, Paul Stamets, and others. It’s been the challenge of illustrating every different fungus she finds on the central Oregon coast where she’s lived for the past 30+ years that has been her seasonal obsession.  No mushroom is too small or complicated to draw (though she’s thankful she’s yet to find a cauliflower mushroom).

Many of the mushrooms she has illustrated have not been identified.  Are there some which have yet to be named?  Probably.  The Cascade Mycological Society is invited to help suggest identities as they see some of the more than 800 illustrations captured by Ann Goddard.

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.

Copyright by Ann Goddard

Amanita by Ann Goddard

“Mushrooms, Fungus and Forest” Science Pub

CMS founding members Chris Melotti and Molly Widmer will be the featured presenters at this month’s Science Pub at Axe & Fiddle Public House on Tuesday, January 27 from 5pm – 7pm in Cottage Grove.

The night will begin at 5pm with a happy hour with trivia & prizes followed by a Watershed Update from the the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council and Chris and Molly’s talk , ‘Mushrooms, Fungus and Forests”.

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10% of all food and beverage sales from 5-7:30p will be donated to the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council, a non-profit, volunteer-based organization enhancing the Coast Fork Watershed through investigation, restoration, education, and stewardship.

All ages are welcome. Join science geeks and the not-so-science-savvy and help put the pub back into public meetings.

Winter Fungal Foray & Feast

Winter Mushroom FeastCome and join CMS for a day in the woods and learn how to identify and gather winter mushrooms, followed by cooking up a variety of tasting dishes using some of our fungal finds from the day.

Pavel Gubanikhin and Matthew Johnson will teach you about fungi families in winter, where they grow and why and how to harvest wild mushrooms in a safe and sustainable manner during a few hours wandering through mixed woodland.

After the baskets are full, Heather Sielicki will fire up the camp stove and give a cooking demo and tasting of fresh winter chanterelles and hedgehogs using a variety of preparation methods.

Tasting Menu

  • Tortellini in a Winter Chanterelle Champagne Cream Sauce
  • Biscuits in Hedgehog Gravy (with or without Sage Turkey Sausage)
  • Potato, Egg, and Wild Mushroom Frittata
  • Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Winter Chanterelles


The group will meet at 10:00am on Sunday, January 25 in South Eugene and then carpool to a foray location roughly 60 to 90 minutes East. Participation in this foray is limited to the first 20 registrations. Kids are welcome but no dogs are allowed.

Foray FULL…registration is now closed.

CMS Meeting Thursday, January 8, 2015: Speaker Alija Bajro Mujic

Rhizopogon_vinicolorFor the first meeting of the year, Alija Bajro Mujic will present his PhD research upon the false truffle genus Rhizopogon and its unique symbiosis with trees in genus Pseudotsuga (Douglas Fir). This talk will share the stories and the results gathered during 5 years of international and domestic field work in Pseudotsuga forests throughout the Pacific Rim. Together we will travel from Oregon to the balmy highlands of eastern Asia, the windswept chaparral of southern California, forested sky islands of the southwestern deserts, and the volcanic massifs of central Mexico. The results of this work reveal patterns of comigration and coevolution between Rhizopogon and Pseudotsuga which share a history of close association. This knowledge and its conservation implications will help to “complete the circle” of migration these genera have made around the northern Pacific Rim.

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:

Mr. Alija Bajro Mujic

Mr. Alija Bajro Mujic

Alija Bajro Mujic is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University. Alija’s interest in Fungi was first cultivated through foraging as a member of the Santa Cruz Fungus Federation while he was completing his bachelor’s degrees at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

After undergraduate study, Alija found employment as a restoration ecologist where his interests in mycorrhizal fungi and conservation deepened and grew. These interests led Alija to pursue graduate study where he strives to develop a better understanding of mycorrhizal symbioses and their roles within forest ecology and conservation.

You can find more information about Alija and his work at