New Mycophile

SVIMS is a member of The North American Mycological Association (NAMA), the collective that unites the mycological societies on this continent.  Six times a year NAMA publishes its newsletter, the Mycophile, and makes it available to members of all supporting clubs.  The January/February 2020 issue was recently released.  To read it, click on the picture of the cover. 

SVIMS Mushroom Chinese Dinner

Event Date: March 21, 2020

March 21, 2020

6 pm to about 8 pm
Shanghai City Restaurant, 548 Fisgard St, Victoria


The suggested dinner menu is as follows:

– Dehydrated “Tea Mushroom” with pork rib double-boiled soup
– Lotus leaf steamed chicken with Cordyceps blossoms
– Stir-fried rib eye steak with fried garlic
– Shredded pork and shiitake mushroom chow mein
– Assorted mushrooms on Chinese greens
– Sliced King Oyster Mushroom with Celery
– Enoki mushrooms with Silken Egg tofu and broccoli
– Garlic jumbo prawns with Glutinous Sticky Rice

Fortune Cookies, Tea and Steamed Rice

$38 all-inclusive of food, tax and tip

This event is open to all SVIMS members and their friends.
We have to give the exact number of participants to the Shanghai City
Restaurant shortly after the SVIMS March 5 meeting, and you have to pay in
advance. Register early, we cannot have more than 50 to 55 guests! Tell us
about your dietary restrictions in advance; we will have to ask the restaurant if they would be able to find any substitutes for you.

How to pay:
Payment can be made by cheque or cash at the SVIMS February or March meetings
(ensure “Pay to” is “South Vancouver Island Mycological Society”),
or by e-transfer sent to using password “svims” (if
your financial institution requires six characters use “svims1”).
Payments to be received no later than Monday, March 10. (NOTE: Payments are not
refundable after the March 10 cut-off date!)

Note: Please, keep in mind the change of the place.

The menu was suggested by Mrs. Vicky Low, the original Golden City owner and the meals will be prepared by the same chef who made many of our mushroom meals in Golden City and also the last ones in Don Mee. On January 1st, this “our” chef moved to the Shanghai City Restaurant, and we are following him there.

If you have any comments or questions, send them to me at .

All the best luck in the Chinese New Year!

Adolf Ceska


January 11th, Saturday.

5:30 = arrival begins.  Dinner at 6.  Raffle afterwards.

(Come at 5 if you can help set up chairs, tables, etc.) 


Gordon Head Lawn Bowling Club

4105 Lambrick Way, Victoria.
By the Gordon Head Recreation Centre, just off Feltham. Plenty of free parking.

To bring:

 main or dessert dish for 8 people. Mushroom dishes are encouraged but no necessary.

Your own cutlery, bowl, plate & mug/cup. 

Your own beverage of choice.  (Coffee, tea, water shall be provided.)

 RAFFLE Item: One highly prized item only — new, recycled, or regifted.

 Tickets are 2$ each, 3/5$ & 7/10$.  (Cash only.)  Come prepared to laugh!

Please make sure to bring a card, listing your ingredients!  Paper and pens will be available at Banquet. 

Guests are more than welcome, but must be in attendance with a SVIMS member. 

Garlic bulbs, salmon, artistry, self help books, homemade herbal teas, dried mushrooms, hand carved walking sticks and boxes of squash are items that were feverishly fought over last year. 

Memberships and calendars are available for purchase.

Kitchen is available but only the countertops and sink. 

Any questions? Email:

AGM 2019 and New Executive for SVIMS

The December meeting is the SVIMS AGM. Time to elect a new executive and process yearly business.





President Andy (now ex-president Andy) calls the 2019 AGM meeting to order and gallops through the agenda at breakneck speed.

The old board signs resignation letters, the new board signs acceptance letters

The SVIMS excutive for 2019:

President: David Walde
Vice President: Mel Hess
Treasurer: Kurt Raeder
Membership Coordinator: Gillian Phillips
Secretary: Andre DeLeebeeck

Directors at Large
Lise Gagnon
Rolf Mayrhofer
Andrew Anderson
Denise Furst
Sheryl Grieve
Krisztina Levai
Steve Strybosch

This year, the AGM was also the culmination of a raffle.  The grand prize was a pair of watercolours donated by Dr. Denis Benjamin, a speaker from earlier in the year. The raffle, ably managed by Sandie Walde, brought in over $1000.

Following the break, SVIMS member Dr. Shannon Berch, recently retired from the BC Ministry of the Environment, held the audience spellbound with the story of her search for the ectomycorrhizal partners of BC’s Garry Oaks.

2019 SVIMS Workshop: Introduction to mushroom identification

Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm, in September 28th –29th 2019

No cost for this event!!!

To register, send an email to David Walde at this address

Registrations will be taken till until September 6 (up to and including the SVIMS meeting then). 

David Walde (secretary)


Required pre-reading: Before Saturday, September 28, read these sections under Studying Mushrooms at the Mushroom Expert web site ·

  • Collecting for Study

  • Making Spore Prints

  • Descriptions & Journals

  • Identifying Mushrooms

  • Determining Odour and Taste


Saturday Classroom session: Location: University of Victoria, exact location TBD

10 – 10:30  Welcome, discussion of goals & expectations, discussion of pre-reading assignment

10:30 – 12  Hands-on, interactive mushroom identification to major groups

12 – 1  Lunch on your own 1 – 4 Hands-on, interactive mushroom identification to genus

  • We will provide materials for the group to work with
  • We will provide printed keys for mushroom identification
  • Bring along any gilled mushrooms (good collections of one or two species ONLY) that you harvest from the wild and spore print before the workshop (optional)
  • Bring along a hand lens if you have one
  • Bring along any mushroom identification books that you want to use
  • Bring along your bag lunch or go out for lunch


Sunday Classroom session Location: University of Victoria, exact location TBD

10 – 12  Hands-on, interactive mushroom identification to genus and species

12 – 1  Lunch on your own 1 – 4 Hands-on, interactive mushroom identification to genus and species

New pocket mushroom guide

I’d like to call your attention to a new mushroom guide for our general area. It was just published this spring. The book is by Drew Parker, a member of the Pacific Northwest Key Council, a person several of us know. The title is Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest.
Drew did the book with Theresa Marrone, an author of many field guides, and the book is modelled after a book that Marrone did called Mushrooms of the Upper Midwest. The books are published by a small publisher in Minnesota (Adventure Publications) that specializes in field guides.
The book is quite small, barely 6X4 inches, and about 300 pages long. It has about 140 main entries. Since it is a limited-coverage pocket guide, it should be compared to David Arora’s All that the Rain Promises, a book with similar size, purpose, coverage, and price (each is about $22 CN on Amazon).
Some observations:
(1) Though there are only about 140 main entries, Marrone and Parker’s book mentions in passing at least 500 mushrooms. Compare this to Arora’s 220 entries that mention very few other mushrooms. Though almost all of the entries in Marrone and Parker’s book start with a specific mushroom at the head, some of the entries are groups (Elfin Saddles, Funnel Caps, LBMs, Purplish Cortinarius, for example) that are opportunities to mention briefly some of the species in the group. Mushrooms that aren’t main entries get about 3-5 lines of text each.
(2) Most entries have a page of text on the left and pictures on the right. Those that aren’t in a two-page spread have text on the bottom 2/3 and pics on the top 1/3. A full right-hand page picture is almost always divided into 3-4 individual photographs. The individual images, almost all of which have been taken by Drew, are high quality pictures. Most of them show mushrooms posed to display diagnostic features. The images, of course, are by necessity small, given the size of the book and the number of pictures on a page. On the whole, though, they are not much smaller than the pictures in All that the Rain Promises.
(3) The mushroom descriptions have separate paragraphs for Compare, Notes, Spore Print, Seasons, Other Names, Habitat, and Description (though not all of these appear in every main entry). The description paragraphs uses a running text with a green-coloured font to highlight the mushroom’s main features. Compare this to David Arora’s point form summaries of main features.
(4) There is a 16-page intro to mushrooms in Marrone and Parker’s book, about the same as David Arora’s book. The intro to Marrone and Parker makes effective use of small pictures to show the various forms taken by morphological features (how gills attach, for example). There is nothing in the book, however, that is comparable to the fascinating box essays in David Arora’s book
(5) Marrone and Parker’s book has a glossary with about a hundred items. David Arora’s book has no glossary. Both have indexes of common and scientific names, but Marrone and Parker has them all in a single alphabetic sequence.
(6) About 20 mushrooms in Marrone and Parker’s book are broken out of their groups and put at the beginning as “Top Edibles” and “Top Toxics.” The rest are in 10 groups (cap and stem with gills, cap and stem with pores, atypical caps, shelf with pores, shelf with gills, other shelfs, spherical, cup-shaped, coral and club, miscellaneous). Except for a 2-page spread at the beginning with miniature pics and symbols to help the reader get to the right group, there is no systematic identification guidance, such as keys or charts, nor is there an intro at the head of each group explaining what the group is about. This is, like David Arora’s book, a flip-through-the-pics-and-find-something-similar kind of guide.
(7) Common names are included. In fact, the common names are the main headings and the scientific names are in small print under them. The scientific names reflect the latest taxonomical changes.
(8) Marrone and Parker’s book has good coverage of mushrooms in our area of BC. In fact, in a quick flip through the major entries, I saw only a couple that weren’t all that relevant to our area of BC. The coverage of our specific BC mushrooms is, I think, better than David Arora’s book, which focuses, of course, on California mushrooms. However, some of the mushrooms in Marrone and Parker are relatively rare in our locale. (To be fair, though, hardly any guide book will be as good for a specific region as one targeted to just that region.)
I’ll bring a copy to the next SVIMS meeting for those who want to look at it.