- When: Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at 7pm – one week late due to ice storms
- Where: In person speaker at the Amazon Community Center.
- Also live stream: CMS YouTube Channel (open and click to set a reminder)
Truffle dogs are gaining popularity in the Pacific Northwest because they can easily be trained to find the native Oregon white and black truffles. What happens when a dog finds more than just culinary truffles? Rye the truffle “diversity dog” will find any truffle with an aroma, good or bad. While truffle dogs are well established as the best method to harvest top quality culinary truffles, their high-powered scenting abilities are rarely employed for exploring the diversity of the hundreds of truffle species that don’t have a place in the kitchen. Rye is proving that dogs can find them all. Learn about truffle dog training and take a tour of the amazing truffle diversity to be found in the Pacific Northwest. There will be a short demonstration with Rye at the end of the presentation.
Please note that if you are watching on YouTube, you will not be able to view the Truffle dog demonstration.
However, if you are allergic to dogs perhaps you should watch on YouTube.
About the Speaker
Heather Dawson is a truffle enthusiast who spends as much time as possible in the woods looking for fungi with her truffle dogs. She started hunting culinary truffles in 2019 with her first truffle dog Cricket, and has trained her second dog Rye as a truffle “diversity dog”, harnessing his talents for fungal surveys and research projects. Heather graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in 2020 and currently works as a mycological technician in Bitty Roy’s lab at UO.
Rye is a “diversity dog” who will find any underground fungus with a strong odor. He learned truffling as a puppy and has found most of the interesting truffles we have documented. He is particularly good at finding Genea and Hydnotrya.
Learn more about Truffles at Heather’s website …