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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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.
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.
UBC Giving Day is April 7, 2021. There is an opportunity to contribute on or before that date to the Mycology Award started in the Ceskas’ names in 2015 and supporting mycological research.
From Adolf’s page on Facebook:
The late Jean Johnson started the UBC Oluna and Adolf Ceska Mycology Award to appreciate our friendship and mutual respect. With contributions by Jean’s husband Steve, anonymous donors, South Vancouver Island Mycological Society and Vancouver Mycological Society, donations reached the minimum of $30,000 required for the fund endowed in perpetuity.
This fund supports a $1,350 award for undergraduate or graduate students who conduct mycological research, with preferences going to students researching mushrooms and fungi of British Columbia.
UBC will have their 2021 GIVING DAY on April 7. Please be part of it and contribute to this student award. Make your donation on or before April 7, 2021, and your gift will be counted towards the UBC Giving Day total.
You can donate online at https://donate.support.ubc.ca/page/56413/donate/1
In the “Direct my gift to” prompt, enter the following line:
Oluna and Adolf Ceska Award in Mycology-G1453[Entering G1453 works too, but typing the name of the award is insurance.]
Since the beginning of this award (2016/17), the “Ceska Fund” has supported four or five valuable projects in the UBC Mycology graduate studies.
Your help is greatly appreciated! Many thanks!
Adolf and Oluna Ceska
Further links provided by Adolf Ceska:
Botanical Electronic News – 498 (ou.edu) For this link you will need to scroll down to the article by Shannon Berch
Members might be interested in this webinar with Roy Halling on Friday, March 12, 2021 called A Bolete Story: 50 years of Macrofungi.
You need to register online – note that the event starts at 11:00 EST which is 8 am in BC.
Dr. Halling studied boletes in the Sierra Nevada under Harry Thiers and later the genus Collybia (most of which migrated to Gymnopus and Rhodocollybia). He has been managing editor of the prestigious journal Mycologia and President of the Mycological Society of America. Dr. Halling is associated with the New York Botanical Garden.
An ecologically diverse 23 hectare parcel of land bordering Thetis Lake Regional Park is now officially protected by the Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT).
For nearly 50 years it was owned by Anne & Jim Ginns, who always wanted to see the land permanently protected.
The Ginns donated a significant portion of the value of the property to HAT to achieve this goal, the Trust said in the statement.
An article in the Times – Colonist adds further details. A few incorrect details in the article have been corrected above.
Dr. Jim Ginns is a mycologist living in Penticton. He has made presentations to SVIMS several times and is a member of the Pacific Northwest Key Council. He is the author of numerous scientific publications including Polypores of British Columbia (Fungi: Basidiomycota).