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CMS October 2019 Meeting

  • When: Wednesday, October 16, 2019, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Where: Amazon Community Center, 2700 Hilyard St, Eugene, Oregon 97405

This event is free and open to the public. There will be a mushroom identification session. Bring what’s in your basket, edible or not, and learn from the experienced members of our community.

Our October meeting will be a joint meeting with the Emerald Chapter of the Native Plant Society. Lichenologist Daphne Stone will be talking about the amazing relationship between the plant and fungi worlds. Did you know it is thought that 95% of all plants have a relationship with fungi? Whether you are a gardner or a lover of all things fungi, this should be a fascinating presentation. Following Daphne’s presentation, chef Chad Hyatt, author of “The Mushroom Hunters Kitchen“, will offer up a “culinary mushroom experience”.

Daphne Stone has been studying lichens, bryophytes and fungi in the northwest for 40 years. She holds a PhD in ecology from the University of Oregon and is the founder of Stone Ecosurveys, a small business that specializes in lichen and other ecological surveys. Daphne works with a variety of agencies and organizations around the world to further interest, knowledge and protection of lichens. Her work with the Forest Service has helped use lichens to monitor air quality. Daphne is the president of Northwest Lichenologists and is an expert on the lichen genus Leptogium.

Chef Chad Hyatt has made a name for himself in Northern California and beyond by sharing his delicious spin on wild mushroom cookery at public and private events. Both an expert forager and classically trained chef, he has cooked in a variety of restaurants and private clubs around the San Francisco Bay area, where he can often be found putting on wild mushroom themed dinners and teaching mushroom related classes.

Chef Chad will have his book The Mushroom Hunters Kitchen available for purchase.

CMS in the Eugene Parade!

 
CMS members had a terrific time walking in the Eugene Parade for the first time in our history. The parade was on Sunday, September 22, 2019, just one day after CMS celebrated the 20th anniversary of our first official organizational meeting. It did “rain on the parade”, but for mushroomers like us, it was all good! Here are a few pics from the parade courtesy of Peg Boulay, Bruce Newhouse, Greg Ringer, Matthew Johnson, and Mark Devenoy. Eugene Parade Pictures

It's Mushroom Festival Time!

 
The Mount Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival is always the last Sunday in October. If you have never attended, you are in for a treat. Start with a fabulous fall festival with live music, guided nature walks, arts & crafts vendors, hay rides, a scarecrow contest, and fresh pressed hot apple cider.

Then add in everything below, all provided by CMS and LCC, and you have an extraordinary Mushroom Festival. CMS is happy to have both Steve Trudell and Noah Siegel returning this year as guest Expert Identifiers. And, we are delighted to welcome Else Vellinga to her first MPA Mushroom Festival (Bios of Guest Experts). Local CMS experts Joe Spivack, Molly Widmer, Susie Holmes, Ron Hamill, and others will also assist with identification. While CMS members Bruce Newhouse & Peg Boulay coordinate all of this coming together.
  • Several hundred mushrooms identified to species
  • Ask an Expert table (bring in mushrooms for ID),
  • Edible & Poisonous Tent
  • Fun Fungal Facts tent
  • LCC Fungal Science Corner
  • Lichen Display
  • Mushroom dye display
  • Medicinal mushrooms display. 
CMS members have multiple ways to get involved. You can register for one of our mushroom collecting forays, collect mushrooms on your own (read how below), volunteer to help setup the display on Saturday, or volunteer on Sunday.

Registrations for these forays are open - Please select one, not both, to register for.
Saturday October 19, 2019 - Coast Foray with Cheshire Mayrsohn
Sunday October 20, 2019 - Cascades Foray with Dr. Roo Vandegrift

Registration for the Friday, October 25th foray to the Cascades with Valerie Nguyen will open on Sunday, October 20th.

Saturday Setup - Just show up at the White Oak Pavillion at Mount Pisgah Arboretum between 9am and 2pm on Saturday, October 26th. Come when you want, and help for as long as you can.

Sunday, Day of Festival Volunteers - Click Here to go to Signup Genius (no account needed).
There are openings for the November 1st, Introduction to Mushroom Foraging Class taught by CMS members Ron & Sandy Patton, and offered by the Amazon Rec Center
Free - Register at Eugene RecEnroll (code 5126). 


We are hoping that old man winter will stay away long enough for us to host a Fall Mushroom Camp at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, the weekend of November 8th-10th. The CMS Board is finalizing the plans. You can expect more information and a registration notice to arrive in your email inbox on  Wednesday, October 23rd.

Fungi in the News

(AKA, a roundup of recent CMS Facebook posts)

Recipes and Culinary Articles

Fresh mushroom appetizer
Dried Wild Mushroom Recipes
Wild Mushrooms Conserve with Walnut Oil

 

Could fungi save the fashion world? - The Environmental action group Extinction Rebellion is disrupting London Fashion Week to highlight the harms of throwaway culture and the concurrent climate emergency that the clothing market contributes to. Particularly exciting are the growing number of companies producing mushroom alternatives to packaging, building materials and leather. Read more at The Conversation.

The Place Where Mushrooms Get Their Own Parade - The event began on August 14th, when more than 700 people arrived in this picturesque mountain town of Telluride to celebrate fungi in all its forms. Some had driven from Chicago, others had flown in from Chile. While mushroom enthusiasts gather regularly in various settings—for academic conferences, local mycological society meetings, and hunting hikes known as forays—Telluride was the first major place to offer an open forum for discussion about psychedelic mushrooms along with their more prosaic culinary and medicinal counterparts.  Read more at Vogue

'Magical' mushroom find to rival Europe's best - Self-confessed porcini fanatic Neil Stratton had to post videos of the find in south-east Wales - after friends accused him of faking photos. Read the story and view the video at BBC.com.


Scientists seek to identify Alaska’s mystery mushrooms - From Alaska to Florida, citizen scientists (that means you) are helping to expand our knowledge about fungi. The estimates about how many species of mushrooms we have here in Oregon range from 2000 to 10000, no one really knows. We need everyone's help. Read more at The Cordova Times.

This is the best way to clean mushrooms - "There’s this myth that you should never ever wash mushrooms because they’ll absorb too much water. Instead, what we’ve been taught to do is daintily wipe the dirt off with a damp cloth or paper towel. This is maddeningly slow and a huge waste of time. To clean mushrooms, you should rinse them under running water." Read more at TreeHugger.

Tips for the novice fungi forager -  Dana Sparks of the Register Guard, stopped by our September CMS meeting this week and wrote a very helpful and timely article about mushroom foraging.Read more at The Register Guard.

Nicolas Cage to Star in a Portland-Based Movie About a Mushroom Hunter Who Loses His Pig  - a new film by Michael Sarnoski, tells the story of a solitary Oregon truffle hunter (Cage) who loses his pig while foraging in the woods and "must journey into Portland—and his long-abandoned past—to recover her," according to the description in Variety. Cage, who is also the film's producer, will star alongside Hereditary's Alex Wolff.Read more at Willamette Week.

Mushroom Farming and "Cultivating the Forest" - Foraged or farmed—those are usually the two options available to consumers of local mushrooms. Now a third way may be emerging in the Pacific Northwest—forest-cultivated mushrooms. Read more at PC Community Markets.

This deadly mushroom can literally shrink your brain- Mycologist Matt Barrett of James Cook University confirmed the first-ever sighting of a Poison Fire Coral fungus in Far North Queensland. Podostroma cornu-damae, one of the world's deadliest fungal species, was until recently thought native only to Japan and Korea. Read more at Popular Science.

Oregon Is Poised to Legalize Shrooms. It’s Just the Beginning - Two separate local campaigns are currently working to get what might be the two most far- reaching drug reforms in recent American history on the 2020 ballot. One centers on legalizing psychedelic "shroom" therapy; the other would decriminalize almost all drugs, period. "Read more at Vice.

The gospel of mushrooms: how foraging became hip - Searching for fungi has long had an old-world mystique. But for generations coming of age during the climate crisis, the powerful organisms are more important than ever.  More and more members of the Gen Z and millennial cohorts are turning to the earth for answers to their own wellbeing – and the health of the planet. Their burgeoning mushroom madness just might be the quintessential sign of the times. Read more at The Guardian.

It's time for the Show!

By Ronald Patton
On Sunday morning as I was flipping eggs and buttering toast I overheard an interview with Elton John talking about his new autobiography, which he is simply calling “ME”. Wow, that gave me a great idea for this week’s article. I thought posting an abbreviated autobiography about myself would be great. You know, a little insider info about the man behind the typewriter, or in this case keyboard. I rushed over to Sandy and pitched my idea. She very diplomatically responded by saying I should stick with something a little, actually she said a lot, more informative and relevant. When I asked her when such an article would be more appropriate she very concisely and succinctly replied NEVER!

So, with the Mount Pisgah Mushroom Festival coming up on Sunday October 27, it was suggested I review how best to collect mushrooms for the festival. Fortunately, Sandy had already created much of the information I would need on how best to accomplish collecting mushrooms suitable for display. You can do the collection on your own or hook up with a collecting foray. “CMS organizes several forays starting the weekend prior to the Mushroom Festival. Collecting for the Mushroom Festival is very different than foraging for edible mushrooms.  You may have the opportunity to harvest a few edibles, but the primary purpose will be to collect the widest diversity of mushroom species we can find.  If you have never collected for the Mushroom Festival Display you are in for a treat.  You will see and collect mushrooms that you may have never noticed before, and you will be amazed at the diversity!”

Here are the specifics taken from the CMS website. I could have said the following in my own words but I’m still getting over Sandy’s somewhat insensitive response to my mini autobiography suggestion. However, I’m still going to include the cover photo I was going to use for my self-indulgent article. Looking Good!

Now, here is a summary of the process CMS uses for their festival collection forays.  Of coarse, these are only guidelines. If you do not have all of the recommended tools, just wing it ... its Eugene!
  • Wax paper bags, available at many grocery stores are great for collecting. They will keep multiple specimens together and separate from other specimens. You can also write notes on the outside of the wax bag with a permanent marker; to help with identification. If you think you know the mushroom genus and/or species, write it on the wax bag.  If you don’t know the mushroom type, it is nice to have habitat information; such as on dead conifer log, near spruce trees etc.
  • For the really small mushrooms a divided plastic container or a tackle box is ideal.
  • When you are out collecting and you find a group of like mushrooms; try to bring back mushrooms of the same type that are at varying ages. This helps both with the identification and for people to see the variations at different stages of growth.
  • You may use a knife, but please do not cut mushrooms. Try to extract them completely below the base of the stem, and place in a wax bag. Some people prefer to use a small trowel when collecting for the festival display to ensure they collect the entire specimen. No need to clean off the base as having a small amount of soil or moss on the base may help them stay better preserved. Please replace/repair ground divots/damage you create when extracting.
  • For smaller mushrooms that are growing on wood, you may need to collect an entire stick, log, or piece of bark.
  • Place all mushrooms collected from the same location (e.g. Coast dunes, high Cascades) into a box and place a note in the box to state where they were found. If you have elevation information, include that also. Also, include your name, so we will know who brought in the winning show specimen!
  • The later in the week you collect, prior to setup day on Saturday, the fresher your mushrooms will be for the display.  You should store your mushrooms outside in a box in a shaded cool place until you can drop them off at Mount Pisgah Arboretum on Saturday morning (between 9am and noon). If you have something you think is really spectacular or unusual and you want to keep it extra protected, put it in a brown bag in your refrigerator until Saturday morning.
  • Fortunately, the long-standing partnership with Lane Community College enables CMS to store all of the mushrooms collected on CMS forays in the LCC Biology lab cooler until setup day on Saturday. 
Remember, it takes all of us to make the mushroom display the fascinating exhibition that intrigues and amazes the many visitors the festival has each year. Sandy and I along with CMS board members and festival organizers  want to thank each of you that participates in the mushroom collection process and helping to show the incredible diversity of mushrooms right here in Oregon.
 
So, get out there and have fun collecting!

Below are upcoming mushroom events around Oregon.
Some require registration or advance planning (travel from Eugene).

 
September-November (Astoria area ) - Wild mushroom hikes with Ranger Dan at Fort Stevens State Park. More info, click here and enter a keyword of mushroom.

October 18-20 (Yachats) - Yachats Mushroom Festival.  A weekend of culinary events and markets, workshops, a Speakers forum, mushroom display, mushroom hikes, truffle dog demonstration, a bioblitz, and and an opportunity to learn about mushrooms. Numerous CMS members are involved with collection, ID, and mushroom walks. More info here.

October 27, 2019 (Portland) - Oregon Mushroom Society Fall Mushroom Show at the World Forestry Center. Mushroom display, vendors, books for sale, mushroom cooking samples, speakers and more! More info here.

November 2-3 (Brookings) - Wild Rivers Mushroom Festival. Mushroom display, speakers, workshops, vendors, ID hikes, and more. More info here.

November 15-17, 2019 (Siskiyou Field Institute in Selma OR) - Exploring the world of Fungi. Taught by Scott Loring. Come search for and learn to identify edible, poisonous, and other mushrooms above the ground and truffles below. An emphasis will be placed on truffles.  Time will be split between field and classroom/lab activities.     More info here.

November 17 (Salem) - Willamette Valley Mushroom Society 4th Annual Mushroom Show. More info on Facebook.

November 18-23 (Westfir) - Mushroom Cultivation Design Course offered by Fungi for the People. Registration required. More info here.

November 23 (Eugene) - Citizen Science Saturday: Mushrooms and More - Offered by Nearby Nature. More info here.
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