Cowichan Foray Canceled

With a heavy heart and an empty mushroom/specimen basket I must inform you that the Cowichan Foray for 2020 – October 23 – 25 has been cancelled.  The COVID  protocols and restrictions would have significantly limited the number of participants and the ability to effectively foray, analyze and discuss the many fungi usually collected during this event.

Kurt Raeder

Elementor #1263

Calling all SVIMS members to submit your Original Art for the

SVIMS Logo Contest


Please submit your artwork to Denise at

Submission Guidelines:Must be a SVIMS member OR sponsored by a SVIMS member

  1. Maximum 3 entries per member. Please keep it to one Logo per email and as high resolution as possible. The minimum resolution will be 2MP or 1920×1080.
  2. In the subject line, please indicate Logo Contest and your Name.

What we are looking for:

  1. Visually appealing, original art
  2. Best representation of our society
  3. Designed to allow printing on various media including T-shirts


Winning Logo :

  1. Will appear on our Website
  2. Will appear, with artist’s information, on our calendar
  3. SVIMS T-shirt, three year SVIMS membership, a SVIMS calendar

2nd Place:

  1. One year SVIMS membership, a SVIMS T-shirt, a SVIMS calendar

3rd Place:

  1. A SVIMS T-shirt, a SVIMS calendar

Winners will be decided by SVIMS board members and announced at the next General Meeting after the Contest closes.

All winners must donate the art and rights of its use to SVIMS.

Our Logo is a proud symbol of our society which celebrates the joy of mushrooming on southern Vancouver Island.

South Vancouver Island Mycological Society

2021 Mushroom Calendar

Calling all SVIMS members to submit your art/photos for the

2021 Mushroom Calendar



  • Only SVIMS members in good standing may enter their art or photographs for the calendar.


  • Before July 30th contact Krisztina at to arrange how to submit your artwork and/or photos.


Visually appealing and artistic art and/or photographs that illustrate:

  • the diversity of mushrooms found on southern Vancouver Island, or
  • mushroom cookery, art or crafts, or
  • interaction of mushrooms with people, animals, other organisms or the environment, or
  • SVIMS events or activities.

The purpose of the calendar is to celebrate the joy of mushrooming and

to inform people about mushrooms growing on southern Vancouver Island.

A Selection Panel chooses the photographs for the calendar.


  • No more than 10 photos from each SVIMS member.
  • No one will have more than one photo in the calendar, so there is a good chance that one of yours will be selected.


  • High resolution version must be available (2,000 pixels in width) to be included in the calendar.
  • Low resolution (approximately 600×800 pixels) photos are provided to the Selection Panel.


Try to provide identification information for each mushroom such as when your saw the mushroom, where you found it, habitat (e.g. on or near what kind of trees), spore colour.

* Also may include any other supportive photos but not necessarily of high resolution

Amanita book

Britt Bunyard, who was at SVIMS this spring and did a presentation on his work on Amanitas, reports:

We hope you will share this announcement to your members–an exciting and beautiful new book on all the Amanitas of North America. And all pre-orders received before June 1 will get a major discount (33% off the cover price)! Orders can be placed at the website and questions can be posted there or sent directly to me at

Other Club Presentation Online

Message from SVIMS President David Walde: There are no further meetings or events for the SVIMS summer 2019 to summer 2020 program year. The membership general meeting for May 7th has been cancelled. The Annual President`s Picnic that had been planned for early June has also been cancelled.

We have been looking at alternative approaches to our monthly speaker presentations, but for a number of reasons we have had to hold off with these plans for now.

Other PNW mycology clubs have moved their presentations online and SVIMS members may want to take advantage of these. The Oregon Mycological Society’s event for April (on powdery mildews) is now online here. The Cascade Mycological Society is also going to do a live feed of their speaker for April 22nd. The Webinar is by Trent Blizzard of Modern Forager in Colorado and will be on Oregon Burn Morels. Please follow this link for details on his presentation and instructions on how to access his talk.  

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.