Spring Fungi of the Sierra Nevada

beautiful yellow mushroom

Once again, Dennis Desjardin and San Francisco State University will be offering their week-long class at the SFSU Sierra Field Station. Students will be introduced to the different kinds of mushrooms and other large fungi that occur in the spring in the Sierra Nevada (See SNFC species list). Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of macro- and micromorphological features, as well as ecological roles, to aid in the identification of taxa.

General Meeting-- Douglas Smith

? WHEN: 04/16/2014, 7-9 pm
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, 191 Harvey West Blvd. Santa Cruz 95060
Douglas Smith at microscope

Douglas Smith is a local amateur mycologist that has hunted mushrooms around the world.  He photographs mushrooms where ever he goes and these photos are posted online, and have appeared in field guides, journals, and the National Geographic.  In 2009 he had a chance to move to France, on the border of Switzerland, and lived there for two years.

General Meeting -- Shannon Nix

? WHEN: 03/19/2014, 7-9 pm
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, 191 Harvey West Blvd. Santa Cruz 95060

Join us for our monthly meeting! We gather at the Harvey West Scout House for refreshments and informal mushroom ID from 7:00 – 7:30. Organizers will then provide updates on future forays and other activities, followed by our speakers. Bring along your sense of curiosity and any mushrooms you've found and would like help identifying. 

Shannon Nix presents "Molding Human History: The biology, evidence, and speculation behind mycotoxicoses." Mycotoxins are poisonous secondary metabolites produced by fungi. Under favorable conditions microfungi or molds can proliferate and these toxic compounds can contaminate food and feed crops. If food contaminated with mycotoxins is ingested by humans or animals, severe and occasionally fatal toxicoses of the liver, digestive tract, or kidneys can result. This talk will discuss the biology and history of some of the most potent and important mycotoxins produced by molds.

Mushroom Photo Exhibition

An exhibition of Barbara Cordes' amazing fungal photography will be at Odonata Winery Tasting Room at 2343 Mission St. in Santa Cruz, March 6th-30th. I stopped in and I'll tell you, it was such a treat to see all the nice, drippy fruitings I missed this winter! Couple that with Dennis Hoey's delicious wine and you'll be a happy camper. Dennis got his start in winemaking working with Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard and continues as SCMV's Production Manager. 

Odonata is open Thursday -- Sunday, noon - 5 pm.

Mushrooms Gone Wild Cooking Class with Eric Carter (by )

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The new class schedule for Let's Cook! is out, and founder/owner Patricia Poritzky has organized a class on mushroom cookery led by Eric Carter of the Cabrillo College Culinary Program and Sesnon House. Those of you who were lucky enough to enjoy Eric's fabulous food at the Fungus Fair After-Hours Supper can return for more, and those of us who missed out completely have another chance! Please note that this is not a FFSC-sponsored event; we thought you'd like to know about it.

Mushrooms gone Wild!!!
Instructor: Chef Eric Carter
Date - 25 Apr 2014 
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Cost $85.00
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