Valentine’s Day Foray

Join Cheshire Mayrsohn for a mushroom collection foray at a relatively low elevation in the Cascade foothills, within 45 miles of Eugene. We will meet at 10 a.m. and plan to be back by mid-afternoon.

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We’re hoping for hedgehogs, winter chanterelles and black trumpets, and good weather. Terrain will be moderate, no steep climbs required to get to mushrooms but the trail is narrow in spots. Projected range is under 2 miles. Mushroom permits required. The permit you got last fall is now expired. Please get your 2015 mushroom permit from the Forest Service at 3106 Pierce Parkway in Springfield 8-4:30 Monday thru Friday or any other Forest Service office.

Detailed meet up information and location details will be emailed to you upon receipt of your registration form. This foray is limited to the first 18 people to sign up. Members only, no guests, no dogs.

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No more registrations will be accepted at this time. You may sign up to wait list by sending a message to membership@cascademyco.org and we will notify you of any open spaces.

Foray Coordinator Wanted

collecting mushroomsThe Cascade Mycological Society is seeking a Foray Coordinator for the 2015 mushroom season.

The Foray Coordinator is the person who coordinates the details for each CMS foray including selecting the date/time/location, recruiting co-leaders, handing foray registrations, and conducting follow up.

Selects Location, Date and Time for the Foray

Together with the CMS Board and/or experienced CMS members, the Foray Coordinator selects a fruitful location and date/time for mushroom education and collection and arranges all necessary access permission to public or private lands in advance of the trip.

Because of the changing Oregon weather, it is may be best to schedule the date/time and meeting location and then select the location of the actual foray a day before the meeting to ensure the best spot. If possible, s/he plans alternate sites in case weather conditions (snow, freezing temperatures, drought, etc.) make the planned trip unsafe or unproductive for mushrooming.

hikerRecruits Co-Leader(s)

Depending on the nature of the foray, the Foray Coordinator recruits leaders to assist at the foray. It is recommended to have one leader for each 15 participants. In the case of a culinary foray, a helper is may also needed to assist the camp stove cook.

Handling Foray Registrations

The Foray Coordinator works with the webmaster to have online registration forms made available for every foray and is the primary contact for all foray registrants, answering questions and sending out reminders.

Follow Up

The Foray Coordinator solicits feedback from participants after the foray and collects pictures for our photo album.

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Get Your Mushroom Permit

At our March 2015 meeting, Gregory J. Koester with the Eugene District Bureau of Land Management will be issuing free personal use mushroom permits. Stop by and get yours in time for the 2015 season.

When: Thu, March 12, 7pm – 9pm
Where: Lane Community College, Science Building, Room 115Gregory J. Koester with the Eugene District Bureau of Land Management

You should always check with all the federal agencies on whose lands you may pick before the beginning of each mushroom season to find out what the latest regulations are. The intent of these regulations is to ensure continued availability and sustainability of our country’s forest resources. More info…

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