Minutes of Feb 6 SVIMS meeting

At the Thursday, February 6, 2020 meeting, members got to hear Joey Tanney, researcher at the Pacific Forestry Centre, expound on a topic he truly loves: endophytes. 

Minutes of the meeting can be viewed here (attention: contains announcements of upcoming events).

Foray on February 8, 2020

On Saturday, February 8, 2020, Andy MacKinnon led a SVIMS foray to Metchosin Wilderness Park.

About 20 SVIMS members attended.

After many days of rain, the weather cooperated. We had sunshine the whole morning. 

Several of the foray participants found late-blooming Hedgehog mushrooms (Hydnum umbilicatum).  Bill Weir knew where to find them!

Participants found 32 different mushrooms. Some of them are pictured in the group shot (above or at the left).

The species list can be viewed here. It’s on iNaturalist–we welcome any help in getting more accurate identifications.

Highlights included a brilliant yellow Chrysomphalina grossula, an unusual find. Finding Mycena sanguinolenta on a cone was also unusual. The Earthtongues (Geoglossum umbratile) attracted considerable interest, as did the black cup fungus Pseudoplectania melaena (which iNaturalist insists on calling Plectania melaena). Andy could barely contain his excitement at seeing Phlebia tremellosa (called Merulius tremellosus on iNaturalist) on a standing dead red alder.

New Mycophile

SVIMS is a member of The North American Mycological Association (NAMA), the collective that unites the mycological societies on this continent.  Six times a year NAMA publishes its newsletter, the Mycophile, and makes it available to members of all supporting clubs.  The January/February 2020 issue was recently released.  To read it, click on the picture of the cover. 

Joey Tanney talk on Endophytes — SVIMS, Feb 6, 2020

We’ve all got ’em.  Endophytes.

They’re the silent partners of all life, the bacteria and fungi that live quietly between (and sometimes inside) the cell walls of plants, animals, and other fungi. 

Come to the SVIMS meeting on Thursday, February 6, and hear the Pacific Forestry Centre’s own Joey Tanney spill the beans on the secret world of endophytic fungi.

Rhytisma punctatum, tarspot fungus, an endophyte living within the leaf of a Bigleaf Maple

ANNUAL SURVIVOR’S BANQUET

January 11th, Saturday.

5:30 = arrival begins.  Dinner at 6.  Raffle afterwards.

(Come at 5 if you can help set up chairs, tables, etc.) 

Where? 

Gordon Head Lawn Bowling Club

4105 Lambrick Way, Victoria.
By the Gordon Head Recreation Centre, just off Feltham. Plenty of free parking.

To bring:

 main or dessert dish for 8 people. Mushroom dishes are encouraged but no necessary.

Your own cutlery, bowl, plate & mug/cup. 

Your own beverage of choice.  (Coffee, tea, water shall be provided.)

 RAFFLE Item: One highly prized item only — new, recycled, or regifted.

 Tickets are 2$ each, 3/5$ & 7/10$.  (Cash only.)  Come prepared to laugh!

Please make sure to bring a card, listing your ingredients!  Paper and pens will be available at Banquet. 

Guests are more than welcome, but must be in attendance with a SVIMS member. 

Garlic bulbs, salmon, artistry, self help books, homemade herbal teas, dried mushrooms, hand carved walking sticks and boxes of squash are items that were feverishly fought over last year. 

Memberships and calendars are available for purchase.

Kitchen is available but only the countertops and sink. 

Any questions? Email: svimsvicepresident@gmail.com

AGM 2019 and New Executive for SVIMS

The December meeting is the SVIMS AGM. Time to elect a new executive and process yearly business.

 

 

 

 

President Andy (now ex-president Andy) calls the 2019 AGM meeting to order and gallops through the agenda at breakneck speed.

The old board signs resignation letters, the new board signs acceptance letters

The SVIMS excutive for 2019:

President: David Walde
Vice President: Mel Hess
Treasurer: Kurt Raeder
Membership Coordinator: Gillian Phillips
Secretary: Andre DeLeebeeck

Directors at Large
Lise Gagnon
Rolf Mayrhofer
Andrew Anderson
Denise Furst
Sheryl Grieve
Krisztina Levai
Steve Strybosch

This year, the AGM was also the culmination of a raffle.  The grand prize was a pair of watercolours donated by Dr. Denis Benjamin, a speaker from earlier in the year. The raffle, ably managed by Sandie Walde, brought in over $1000.

Following the break, SVIMS member Dr. Shannon Berch, recently retired from the BC Ministry of the Environment, held the audience spellbound with the story of her search for the ectomycorrhizal partners of BC’s Garry Oaks.