Omphalina is the newsletter of Foray Newfoundland and Labrador. It has several issues a year that talk about mushroom topics of interest to people anywhere. Sometimes it will be a regional mushroom discovery or an account of a foray in Newfoundland – Labrador. Or it could be mushroom cooking or artwork. You can read the most recent issue or any of the back issues by clicking on Omphalina here or clicking on the front cover above.
UVic Continuing Studies is now offering this on-line course:
Introduction to Mycology
This online self-study course will enable you to gain foundational, scientifically-sound knowledge in the field of mycology—the study of fungi. Developed by two experts in the field, Bryce Kendrick and Shannon Berch, this course will guide you independently at your own pace through 10 units so that you can attain an understanding of the features of fungi and the roles they play in pathology, nutrient cycling, agriculture, biological control, food, medicine, forests and our urban environments. You will receive a Certificate of Completion on successfully passing the course.
The fee for the course is $65.00 for the general public and $35.00 for SVIMS members. All they need to do is click on the SVIMS tab when registering to get the discount.
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 May/June 2021 issue was recently released. To read it, click or tap on the picture of the cover.
Calling all SVIMS members to submit your art/photos for the
2022 Mushroom Calendar
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: July 30
Please submit photos/art before July 30th to Krisztina at firstname.lastname@example.org
Maximum 10 pictures per member. Please keep it to one picture per email and as high a resolution as possible. The minimum resolution will be 2MP or 1920×1080.
Pictures must be in landscape!
In the subject line add your name and type of mushroom in your photo/art.
If you don’t know the type of mushroom you are submitting now might be the time to learn how to identify it. If you need help just ask one or more of your favorite SVIMS members.
- Try to provide identification information for each mushroom such as when your saw the mushroom, where you found it, habitat (e.g. on or near what kind of trees), spore colour.
- If this picture happens to come with a great story, please also include this in your submission.
Visually appealing art/photographs that illustrate:
- the diversity of mushrooms found on southern Vancouver Island
- mushroom cookery, art or crafts
- interaction of mushrooms with people, animals, other organisms or the environment
- SVIMS events or activities
The purpose of the calendar is to celebrate the joy of mushrooming and
to inform people about mushrooms growing on southern Vancouver Island.
Next SVIMS meeting May 6 @ 7pm via Zoom
All members are encouraged to come and socialize via Zoom, beginning at 6:45pm. Members should receive instructions via e-mail.
And why? Read this article for the inside story. It’s an easy-to-read introduction to the importance of microfungi in plants, and specifically inside their seeds.