CMS Meeting – March 16, 2022

  • When: Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at 7:00 pm
  • Where: Live Stream on the CMS YouTube Channel (open and click to set a reminder)

Drawing on over 50 years in the woods hunting mushrooms and over 40 years on the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) Toxicology committee, Dr. Beug will describe the common identification mistakes that people have made when out mushrooming. This talk features the most dangerous mushrooms and what happens when you eat a poisonous species. You will also learn what features Michael looks for when seeking his favorite edible mushrooms. He describes how to tell the good ones from the bad ones. His stories are both of the mistakes that people have made leading to poisoning and of the disappointment felt by people when they realize that they have left choice edibles behind.

About the Speaker

Dr. Michael Beug taught chemistry, mycology and organic farming at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington for 32 years. He is active in the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) and the Pacific Northwest Key Council; a group dedicated to writing macroscopic keys for the identification of fungi. In addition to his new book, he coauthored Ascomycete Fungi of North America, published in 2014. His photographs have appeared in over 80 publications. He regularly writes about mushrooms for McIlvainea: Journal of American Amateur MycologyThe Mycophile (NAMA newsletter), and Fungi Magazine. Michael received the 2006 NAMA Award for Contributions to Amateur Mycology and has prepared over two dozen presentations about mushrooms for the NAMA Education Committee. In 2017, mushroom expert Paul Stamets of Fungi Perfecti, created the Mike Beug Scholarship, in honor of the professor who helped shaped Stamets’ career as a mycologist.

His newest book, Mushrooms of Cascadia: an illustrated key, is an excellent field guide for your backpack. View photos and get ordering information at Mushrooms of Cascadia.

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