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Monthly Meeting at Pacific Forestry Centre
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 7pm

SVIMS meeting. Paul Kroeger and Robert Rogers.

A Dynamic Doubleheader!

To get 2016 off top a fabulous flying start, our first monthly SVIMS speaker will be … two speakers! And more good news – to make room for two speakers in one night, there will be no business meeting to begin the evening!

First up that evening (Thursday February 4 2016) is one of SVIMS’s favourite speakers, Paul Kroeger, making his way over from Vancouver for the annual Kroeger Lecture. His talk, an overview of Kingdom Fungi, is titled "Fungi: A world of wonder beneath your feet".

Paul Kroeger has studied mushrooms for over thirty-six years and is a foundling member of Vancouver Mycological Society. He is a well known expert in the mushyrooms of the Pacific Northwest. He is often prone to study “little brown mushrooms” including magic mushrooms and the culture surrounding them.

On a more serious note, he’s been involved in projects and studies about different aspects of mushrooms, fungal biology and ecology, and the biochemistry of toxic, hallucinogenic, medicinal and edible mushrooms. Paul contributes to the mycological herbarium collections in the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC and has been a research associate of UBC Department of Botany for decades. He’s also contributed significant collections to DAOM Herbarium in Ottawa and DAVFP Herbarium in Victoria. He is a regular consultant for the British Columbia Drug and Poison Information Centre, Centres for Disease Control, and various other agencies concerned with mushroom poisonings and fungi in human and animal health. He co-authored The Outer Spores - Mushrooms of Haida Gwaii. The title is a play on "Outer Shores". For more on that moniker, interrupt Paul's lecture (which you will enjoy) to ask him about it.

Following Paul is Robert Rogers, with a talk titled “The Twenty One Myths of Medicinal Mushrooms”. Robert Dale Rogers has been an herbalist for over 40 years. He teaches a three year program on plant medicine at Northern Star College (Edmonton), a course he wrote and taught for ten years at Grant McEwan University (also Edmonton). At present, he is an assistant clinical professor in family medicine at the University of Alberta. He occasionally teaches at Pacific Rim College in Victoria on variety of topics. Robert is the author of over forty books, including “The Fungal Pharmacy: The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms” and “Lichens of North America”. His latest co-authored book is “A Cree Healer and his Medicine Bundle”, revealing indigenous knowledge passed down for ten generations. In July 2016 his next book will be released, called “Mushroom Essences: Vibrational Medicine from Kingdom Fungi”.

So, mark your calendars: Thursday February 4, 7:00 p.m., Pacific Forestry Centre. See you there!

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at Pacific Forestry Centre
Thursday, March 3, 2016



Ludovic Le Renard

Annual Chinese Mushroom Dinner
at Golden City Restaurant
721 Fisgard Street, Victoria

Saturday, March 19, 2016


The price is $40 per person and the tickets will be available at the February and March meetings.

SVIMS Monthly Meeting
at Pacific Forestry Centre
Thursday, April 7, 2016



Jacklyn Dee, PhD candidate UBC.