CMS Meeting – October 21, 2020

A joint meeting with the Native Plant Society

  • When: Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at 7:00 pm
  • Where: Online Event – CMS Youtube Channel (click to set a reminder)

Plants are fascinating. Fungi are fascinating. But for sheer entertainment value, it’s difficult to beat plants plus fungi. Fungi have been associated with plants since plants first colonized the land and are requisite partners of almost all plants. Andy will discuss the varieties and natures of these relationships, with plenty of examples from the Pacific Northwest.

About the Speaker

Andy MacKinnon. Andy is a forest ecologist who lives in Metchosin, BC.  His recent research interests include ecology of BC’s ectomycorrhizal fungal species. He was lead BC scientist for Environment Canada’s 2017 ranking of our province’s threatened and endangered fungal species. Andy has taught rainforest ecology field courses in Bamfield and Tofino (for the University of Victoria) and Haida Gwaii (for UBC). He has also taught mushroom identification courses in Tofino (for the Rainforest Education Society) and in Victoria. He is co-author of six best-selling books about plants of western North America, and co-author of the Royal BC Museum Handbook “Mushrooms of British Columbia” (anticipated date of publication: June 2021). He is past-president of the South Vancouver Island Mycological Society (SVIMS), and an enthusiastic participant, speaker and field trip leader for various mushroom festivals in southwestern BC each autumn.

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