Roy Halling

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.

Presentation / meeting with Jeff Chilton

Thursday, March 4, 2021 6:45 by Zoom
Jeff Chilton will talk about Mushroom Cultivation in China and elsewhere. The meeting will be available to SVIMS members who should receive a Zoom link within 24 hours of the meeting. An attempt will be made to provide longer term access to members eventually on this site. There will be 15-20 minutes meet-and-greet and then a short business meeting before the presentation. Learn more about Jeff Chilton below.

Ann Harmer

South Vancouver Island Mycological Society (SVIMS)

December 3rd 2020: A Zoom presentation post the Annual general Meeting

Our speaker of the month: ANN HARMER

Mushroom dyeing is a passion, combining the best of both worlds: fibre arts and fungi.

Ann Harmer ( Shroomworks, Garden Bay, BC) has found the perfect fusion of her love of fibre and her never-ending interest in the world of fungi: exploring the colour potential found in mushrooms. The rainforest surrounding her home on BC’s Sunshine Coast is a mushroom paradise, and she spends many hours in the woods every fall in search of the dye fungi. Once mushroom season is finished, she can be found in her cottage studio in the forest, ever in awe of the rich, earthy colours that come out of the dye pots. Ann uses wool dyed with mushroom colours to spin interesting yarns—yet another chance to handle and play with these forest hues.

While researching dye mushrooms, Ann learned of the International Fungi & Fibre Symposium, an event held somewhere different in the world every two years. She has attended each such gathering since 2008, learning from others who share her passion. She brought the 2016 Symposium to her home village of Madeira Park and was the principal coordinator of the event.

Ann has taught mushroom-dyeing workshops at Maiwa School of Textiles in Vancouver, at the Contemporary Textile Studio Co-op in Toronto, and to fibre-arts groups in a number ofcommunities in British Columbia. She is active in the Sunshine Coast Spinners & Weavers Guild and the Sunshine Coast Fibreshed.

Now Ann eagerly awaits every mushroom season and spends most fall days exploring her backyard forest with her dog, searching out the next fungal treasure.

Ann’s Book Magic in the Dyepot is available through her blog:




MycoMatch (MatchMaker) new version with beta iPhone app

MycoMatch (MatchMaker) Version 2.4 is now available at

New: MycoMatch Mobile for iPhone will join MycoMatch (MatchMaker). A menu item in MycoMatch (MatchMaker) will take you to its web pages which can also reached from the main download site above. Download the iPhone app 2.4 beta version and its future updates there.  MMM is designed to work on iPhones, covering over 1200 gilled mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest. As in MycoMatch (MatchMaker), there are photographs and detailed descriptions, and a way of putting in characters to identify mushrooms.

The program is newly designed by Douglas Alder and Danny Miller.

The Mac version of MycoMatch (MatchMaker) has been discontinued due to difficulties with making it work with recent Mac operating systems.

About 75 species have been added and about 135 primary names have been changed in MycoMatch since the March 2019 version 2.3.1.

                                  —-  Ian Gibson, Danny Miller, and the rest of the MycoMatch Team

November 5th General Meeting

SVIMS General Membership Meeting for November 5th 2020

(South Vancouver Island Mycology Society)

This will once again be a Virtual Meeting via Zoom.

All members will be sent an email about 3 days prior to the event with the secure log in link to the Zoom meeting. Please make sure that you copy down the Meeting number and the password as you may be asked for this before you are let into the meeting. Please make every effort to mute your sound and video. Wear headphones where possible to cut down on background feedback as this interferes with any recording and can even block the feed from the speaker. All registered members with an email and who have updated their profiles should have received a Username and Password over the past 6 weeks. The latter only can be changed at this time and not the username. The website continues to be developed and all sections are accessible to the public except the secure members’ only section and that only by logging in. You do NOT have to log in to this member’s site to join the Zoom meeting which can be accessed by that link in the email sent to the members. Please do not share that link. We have received permission from our speaker to record the meeting which will then be included in the members only section as well as to  post it as a live feed to the Facebook site, which is the backup if for some reason you cannot get into the Zoom meeting.

There will be some general announcements preceding the speaker.

Meeting Start Time: The meeting will open at 6:45 PM Pacific time and it would be appreciated if everyone is checked in by 7:00PM. Coming in after 7:00 PM, when the meeting is under way results in interference particularly if you are not muted.

Our Speaker:  Editor-in-Chief of Mycotaxon: Lorelei L. Norvell Pacific Northwest Mycology Service 6720 NW Skyline, Boulevard Portland, Oregon 97229-1309 USA

                     Title: Capturing hypotheses in Phaeocollybia: The Canadian Connection

“Dr. Lorelei Norvell is the editor in chief of the highly regarded journal- Mycotaxon.

The naming of fungi, their relationships and identification are critically important aspects in their study. Molecular approaches and concepts have impacted on our knowledge of species and genera.

Lorelei in her talk is going to use Phaeocollybia only as an example of her personal journey from the initial finds on Vancouver Island and her encounters with some Canadian Mycologists-characters. Did they get it right or wrong? What did the increasing sophistication of molecular studies uncover?” which has details of her very impressive CV

Lorelei will be introduced by Adolf Ceska