CMS Meeting Wed, October 28: Colombia’s Mushroom Magic with Daniel Winkler

Join us for the presentation “Colombia’s Mushroom Magic” about one of the world’s most biodiverse country per square kilometer. Our first destination will be an eco-lodge built into a cliff of Río Claro Valley with its gorgeous karst landscape and lush rain forests. In Mariquita’s ancient forest reserve a horde of “Zombie ants” awaits. We will visit the exuberant Andean oak (Quercus humboldtii) cloud forests around Chicaque, which are blessed with Chanterelles, Indigo milkcaps, Boletes and other mushrooms familiar to Northern Hemisphere mushroom lovers, in addition to exotic tropical fungi. Mushrooming doesn’t get any better than this!

Meet on Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 pm in the Main Hall at the Amazon Community Center, 2700 Hilyard St. 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.

About the Speaker:
Daniel is the author of Field Guides to “Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest” and to “Edible Mushrooms of California” (Harbour Publishing 2011 / 2012) as well as co-author of “Field Guide to Amazon Mushrooms” (2014). Daniel grew up collecting and eating wild mushrooms in the Alps and has been foraging since nearly 20 years in the PNW and working as mushroom educator and guide. Daniel trained as a geographer and ecologist and works as researcher and NGO consultant on environmental issues of the Tibetan Plateau and Himalayas [see]. Working in Tibet, Daniel realized that Tibet’s diverse mushroom industry plays a crucial role in rural Tibet and thus has been researching Tibet’s ethno-mycology for 20 years.

With his travel agency MushRoaming LLC he is annually organizing and leading several mushroom focused eco-tours to Tibet, China and the Amazon, the Alps and Beyond. [].

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