Cowichan Weekend Foray 2021

Save the date!
Lake Cowichan Foray

October 22 – 24, 2021

The Lake Cowichan Foray has been an annual highlight for many SVIMS members. The Lake Cowichan Research Station has been reserved for our exclusive use and SVIMS is finalizing the plans for this fun and informative event.  We will be booking the Mycology experts who will lead you through the forests, helping you in the identification of the many species of Fungi you can find at this wonderful location.

SVIMS has been monitoring the current health situation and anticipates the event will proceed under certain guidelines and restrictions. This is a “members only” event.  There maybe some limitations on the number of participants as well, due to Covid protocols. This event fills up fast! So if you are not a member please consider joining.

Further details including accommodations, day participation, registration forms, fees etc. will be released soon.

If you want to be kept up to date on the latest developments, please contact Denise at svims.mal2@gmail.com  and request being added to a mailing list specifically for this event. We will be posting periodic major updates to our main webpage.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Britt Bunyard presentation and foray March 2020

Britt Bunyard, editor of Fungi Magazine, made another visit to SVIMS in March.  Britt gave an amazing presentation on Amanitas (his book on North American Amanitas will be out in 2 months and his beginner’s guide to mushrooms in the fall.) A version of his talk is available on YouTube.

Britt talks about mushrooms while holding the Skunk Cabbage Sceptre of Power

On Saturday, March 7, 2002, about 30 SVIMS members joined Britt and Andy for a fungal walk through Metchosin’s Blinkhorn Park. The group found over 30 species.  These were entered into the Metchosin Biodiversity Project database of observations and species.  You can view the species and pictures at the Project’s iNaturalist site.

Foray on February 8, 2020

On Saturday, February 8, 2020, Andy MacKinnon led a SVIMS foray to Metchosin Wilderness Park.

About 20 SVIMS members attended.

After many days of rain, the weather cooperated. We had sunshine the whole morning. 

Several of the foray participants found late-blooming Hedgehog mushrooms (Hydnum umbilicatum).  Bill Weir knew where to find them!

Participants found 32 different mushrooms. Some of them are pictured in the group shot (above or at the left).

The species list can be viewed here. It’s on iNaturalist–we welcome any help in getting more accurate identifications.

Highlights included a brilliant yellow Chrysomphalina grossula, an unusual find. Finding Mycena sanguinolenta on a cone was also unusual. The Earthtongues (Geoglossum umbratile) attracted considerable interest, as did the black cup fungus Pseudoplectania melaena (which iNaturalist insists on calling Plectania melaena). Andy could barely contain his excitement at seeing Phlebia tremellosa (called Merulius tremellosus on iNaturalist) on a standing dead red alder.