SVIMS Log Inoculation Workshop

Svims members met for a log inoculation workshop on Saturday March 18, 2023. It was graciously hosted by Steve Fischer on a beautiful, almost official spring day in the lovely Blenkinsop Valley. There were morning and afternoon classes of eager SVIMS members. They started with a couple of piles of fresh-cut alder and cottonwood. 

During the classes, attendees learned about log inoculation techniques. They asked questions about the different methods of inoculation, the spawn, types of substrate, and the best habitat for storing the logs. Everyone then went to work, inoculating oyster and shiitake spawn into their logs using the drill-and-fill method. Steve Fischer demonstrated different inoculation techniques, including the curve-cut method and the totems-sealed-with-clay method. 

Participants hope to see some fruitification of their efforts next spring or fall! Thanks to all who helped out procuring logs, equipment and assistance.

The setting
The end result, brought back in a time machine from a year in the future.
Happy pluggers.
Logs waiting for inoculation
Steve demonstrates

SVIMS Schedule

Good day, the following are the events and activities, at least some of them for the
coming SVIMS season.

 1. Regular monthly events for the season:

Our monthly meetings will be on the Second Tuesday of every month starting
on September 13th till May 2023 except for January, when there will be the Survivor`s Banquet.

Time: 6:45 PM till 9:15 PM to allow time for setup etc.

Place: St. Luke Cedar Hill, 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Road, Victoria, V8P 2M6. There is
handicap parking on the side of the building as well as a ramp.

The meetings will be Hybrid, namely joint LIVE and Zoom and if possible will be linked to the Facebook site and recorded, as allowed by the speakers. We have
almost a full slate of confirmed speakers.

These monthly meetings for now, will be limited  to members only, with no covid restrictions other than for masking. This could change depending on the Public Health advisories.

Forays: will be held hopefully X2/month depending on the weather and the availability of leaders starting in September with Eventbrite pre-registration. Details will follow.

2. Cowichan Annual Foray:

Dates: From the evening of October 21st – Midday on October 23rd

Place: Cowichan Lake Conference and Education Centre Lakeview Park Road, Lake Cowichan. This is the same location as last year.

Kurt Raeder is organising this event.

See Docs menu for Information and Registration Form.


3. The annual Mushroom Show on November 5th-6th:

Place: St. Luke as above

Time: Saturday 5th for members only to set up, sort and organize. 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM 
           Sunday   6th Public and Members 8:00 AM- 6:00 PM

Details will follow but as this is a huge undertaking, we would be obliged if you
could reserve the dates and times now so you can help. We expect about 600-800
in attendance.

4. Survivor’s Banquet and Auction on Saturday January 14th 2023:

Place: St Luke as above

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM with 20 minutes for set up and clean up on either

Pre-registration: Yes with one guest allowed

Details will follow nearer the date.


5. Chinese Mushroom Banquet for March 2023:

No further information at this time.


6. Library:

Ali Ballantyne has volunteered to take over the Library. I am delighted to welcome her to the post. She is presently working on digitizing our inventory. Further information to follow, especially on how this will be structured. Thanks Ali.


7. Other new positions:

     Billeting: Our longtime member Tabitha Jones is returning to this position. Thanks Tabitha.

     Secretary: Sarah Neumann will be taking over this position. Thanks to her as well

     OPEN position: Refreshments coordinator. At the moment Covid restrictions limit our capability to provide this at our meetings but we need to be prepared. PLEASE contact me if you can help and to get further details on what is involved.


8. Please do not forget to submit your Photographs for the Annual Calendar. See separate post below.


The Board wishes you all our best for the coming Mushroom Season. There are a number of other issues we are working on and if you have any suggestions please do contact me at any time.

David Walde
President of SVIMS-South Vancouver Island Mycological Society

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