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Fall mushroom walks and events
List maintained by Daniel Mosquin
Annual Cowichan Lake Foray
October 20-22, 2017
Cowichan Lake Research Station, 7060 Forestry Road, Mesachie Lake, BC.
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
- Friday and Saturday night accommodation at the Cowichan Lake Research Station. There are mostly single rooms and a few shared rooms.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.
You can find out more about the accommodation at
Saturday morning we leave to foray. We return for a hot lunch then head out again for an afternoon foray.
After dinner people work at identifying the mushrooms and in the morning we will get an overview of what we found. After the Sunday review, we will check out of the Research Centre followed by the edible foray.
A few reminders to keep in mind:
- there are no dogs permitted on the Cowichan Lake foray.
- you must arrange your own transportation
Those already registered can contact Jaz Grenier
Annual Mushroom Show
at Cordova Bay 55+ Center
5238 Cordova Bay Rd.
MUSHROOM SHOW POSTER
October 29rd 10 am - 4 pm
There will be lots of space and parking available.
SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS on the day of the show
The mushroom collection drop off time on Saturday October 28th is from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, but try and get them there early in that afternoon, for sorting and identification by our experts.
Our new calendars will be available for purchase.
Various mushroom books will be sold.
Members are encouraged to participate in the following ways:
Monthly Meeting at Pacific Forestry Centre
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Speaker: Roo VandeGrift
Roo VandeGrift, from the University of Oregon will be talking about his Ecuadorian work. The protected cloud forest site in Ecuador where most of his work on Xylariaceous fungi has taken place was recently included in a large (technically illegal) concession to a Canadian mining company (Cornerstone) by the Ecuadorian government. See him talking in this video. More on Roo at: http://metchosinbiodiversity.com/ including a photograph you will want to see.
Metchosin MycoBlitz 2017
For a prettier presentation of the information below, plus lots more about the Metchosin Biodiversity Project and their Bioblitzes, go to http://metchosinbiodiversity.com/
The fifth Metchosin MycoBlitz will take place on Saturday, November 4, 2017. At the BioBlitzes, which are usually in the spring, we've counted all manner of birds, bugs, fish, plants, fungi, bees, butterflies,etc. Fungi, however, are thin on the ground in the spring, so we extend our blitzing to the fall with a targeted MycoBlitz in order to inventory some of the hundreds of fungi that press up their autumnal fruiting bodies.
A number of mycology specialists will be on hand to lead us to three Metchosin locations. At these locations the experts will do field identification and collect samples of mushrooms for table display and further study. Metchosin residents, members of the South Vancouver Island Mycological Society, Pearson students, and anyone else with an eye for/interest in mushrooms are welcome to join the MycoBlitz leaders on the Saturday hunt. Rain or shine!
The November 4 MycoBlitz will start at the parking lot of the Metchosin Municipal Hall, 4450 Happy Valley Road (just behind the Fire Hall) at 9:00 am. We will return to the same place by noon. At 12:10 pm, Guest are invited to attend a mini-film fest on mushrooms in the social room of the nearby Fire Hall. Bring a brown bag lunch (coffee and tea will be provided) and eat it while you watch a collection of Kem and Andy's best internet clips on mushrooms. After the film, walk back to to the Council Chambers and see the immense bounty of Metchosin fungal species that the experts have laid out and labeled for our Metchosin inventory of species.
The MycoBlitz doubles as November's Metchosin Talk and Walk event. Everyone is welcome to join us the evening before the MycoBlitz, on Friday, November 3, 2017, 7:00 pm, for a talk by Roo Vandegrift, world renowned mycologist from the University of Oregon. Roo, besides being the owner of an amazing beard, is an engaging speaker (hear and see him in this video) who will deliver a riveting presentation on ascomycetes, the less well-known spore-shooting sac fungi. The talk will be at the Metchosin Municipal Hall Council Chambers.
Monthly Meeting at Pacific Forestry Centre
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Speaker: David Fenster
Filmmaker David Fenster is from the Marfa Mycological Society in Marfa, Texas. He will treat us to some of his film work.