Mycologist Jim Ginns, 1938-2024

Picture of Jim downloaded from Keith Seifert article, used by Creative Commons license.
Picture of Ann from the Okanagan Naturalist’s Club article. Photographer unknown.

SVIMS is sad to hear of the passing of mycologist Dr. Jim Ginns. He died on April 29, 2024.

Jim and his wife Anne retired to Penticton, BC in 1997. He has made presentations to SVIMS several times and was a member of the Pacific Northwest Key Council. He is the author of numerous scientific publications including Polypores of British Columbia.

Anne died in January of this year. The South Okanagan Naturalist’s Club has published a tribute to Anne and her work.

Jim and Anne were also noted conservationists. For nearly 50 years they owned an ecologically diverse 23-hectare parcel of land bordering Thetis Lake Regional Park. It was their goal to see the land permanently protected. The Ginns donated a significant portion of the value of the property to our regional land trust Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) to achieve this goal.

In 2018, they also donated their 42-hectare property in Gatineau, Quebec to the municipality of Cantley as a nature reserve, now called Parc écologique Ginns.

2024 SVIMS Calendar

The beautiful 2024 SVIMS Calendar is now available (see front cover below). SVIMS members have contributed their photographs and graphic art for each month. The calendars can be purchased by either members or non-members.

The calendars are $20 each.  They make a great gift to family and friends.

 If you require shipping, please add $5 per calendar for shipping and handling.

See Payment Options on Merch menu.

If you would like to contribute to the 2025 calendar, see the lower part of Merch menu.

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Symbiosis show at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

A new show opened on Saturday at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. It is titled “Symbiosis,” and it features several types of mushroom-related art.

Of special interest to SVIMS members:

(1) An interactive, full-wall simulation of a BC forest with its associated mycorrhizal network. This was put together by Colton Hash. A must-see (short video with this post).

(2) About a hundred ceramic, life-sized models of East Coast mushrooms. Incredibly accurate.