SVIMS Spring Foray at Royal Roads

On Saturday, April 16, SVIMS had its first local, non-lichenized mushroom foray in more than two years. About two dozen people showed up at the back entrance to Royal Roads and spent two hours looking high and low for spring mushrooms. Steve Strybosch, Mel Hesz, and David Walde coordinated the registration and sign-in (and, we are happy to report, lost no one in the deep woods of suburban Victoria). Kem Luther and Andy MacKinnon came along to help with identification and Elora Adamson helped with the species photography and recording.

Fifteen mushrooms were found and IDed. You can see the list and pictures on iNaturalist.  (The exact IDs of mushrooms posted on group sites such as Mushroom Observer and iNaturalist may change after posting as experts weigh in). One of the highlights of the foray was finding the beautiful snowbank orange peel cup fungus, Caloscypha fulgens. With a little encouragement from Andy, this ascomycete put on a dazzling display of spore dispersal. See the short clip in this post, courtesy of Mike Gold.

More to come on spring mushrooms, with a foray in Metchosin on Saturday, April 23, 10 am, and a Zoom talk on spring mushrooms on Thursday, April 28, 7 pm (see previous post for details about the talk).

Looking for elusive spring mushrooms. Photo by Steven Strybosch.
Kem: "Keep talking, Andy. I've heard this all before." Photo by Mel Hesz

Cowichan Lake Foray 2021

Register for this great event.

The Cowichan Foray for 2021 is now fully booked. Thank you for registering. It will be a great weekend.

Lake Cowichan Foray – Weekend of October 22 – 24, 2021

The Lake Cowichan Foray weekend is a go and members are submitting their registration form for this great annual event. The location, Lake Cowichan Conference and Education Centre is on a 44 acre forested site.  This site and others in the Cowichan Valley area will be used to forage for fungi, led by mushroom experts. This will help participants identify terrain and discuss the variety of mushrooms and species we have in British Columbia.

More information and registration form can be found at this link: https://svims.club/docs. Don’t miss out on this event.

Covid protocols applicable at the time of this event will be followed.  

If you have additional questions, please contact Kurt Raeder at svims.treasurer@gmail.com .  Please use “Attendance” as subject title.

This is a member’s only event, so if you have not renewed or want to be a new member please do so. 

We look forward to seeing you there. 

Amanita muscaria, from the grounds of the Lake Cowichan Conference and Education Centre. By Kem Luther

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.

Log inoculation workshop SVIMS Mar 14-15 2020

SVIMS Log Inoculation Workshop

SVIMS Log Inoculation Workshop
This will be run by Steve Fischer.
Members only. 

Dates and Time:
Saturday March 14th
The first at 9:00, the second at 13:30

Sunday March 15th.
Depending on the number of registrations on the 14th, an extra class a consideration at 13:30.

Cost: by donation.

Registration: Contact Steve by email. The location/address and details of the event will be provided by him upon registering.

Shiitake log by dominik18s (https://www.flickr.com/people/55571726@N05), used under CC Attribution 2.0 license