Update on SVIMS 2019 Mushroom Identification Workshop.

We now have details of the time and place of the ID course to be held at UVic. It will take place in Hickman 116 from 8:30-5:20 each day.  The closest parking is the Stadium parking lot (Lot 4), which is a bit of a walk. If you have a lot to carry, you could probably drop stuff off in the disabled parking spot to the north of Sedgewick Building.  See the UVic map

SVIMS Secretary David Walde has responded to all the confirmed registrants (30 of them) and to those who are on the wait list (25 of them) individually. He has also contacted all the mentors (9 of them) who will be assisting Shannon. 

See the earlier post on this site for the schedule, homework, and what to bring. Any specimens (edibles or otherwise) that you can bring to the sessions would be much appreciated.

As cancellations happen, people on the wait list will be contacted, right up to the day before the classes on the 28th –29th September. If you are confirmed, and do have to cancel, please contact David Walde at davidwalde@icloud.com as soon as possible. 


Lichen Talk and Walk

On Thursday, September 10, 2019, SVIMS own Juliet Pendray did a fascinating talk on lichens, the partnered fungi.

She brought along samples of several different lichens so that the audience could analyze them.

On Saturday, Juliet led a lichen-and-everything walk in Metchosin’s Devonian CRD Park. 

Pippi Lawn participates in the sport of Lichen Licking.  The Lichen liked it. Pippi not so much.

Juliet Pendray Talk — Thur, Sept 5, 2019

Fall is almost here. Time for another year of great SVIMS talks. To get us started, we have our own Juliet Pendray. She will be doing a presentation on lichens, our secret mushrooms. Come and be amazed at the versatility and variety of this compound life form.

Mushroom microscopy course postponed

Please note that the mushroom microscopy course with Oluna and Adolf Ceska for Sept 13-15 has been postponed until after the fall mushroom season. Further information at the regular SVIMS meetings. (This is not, by the way, the mushroom ID course mentioned in the previous post.)

2019 SVIMS Workshop: Introduction to mushroom identification

Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm, in September 28th –29th 2019

No cost for this event!!!

To register, send an email to David Walde at this address

Registrations will be taken till until September 6 (up to and including the SVIMS meeting then). 

David Walde (secretary)


Required pre-reading: Before Saturday, September 28, read these sections under Studying Mushrooms at the Mushroom Expert web site http://www.mushroomexpert.com/ ·

  • Collecting for Study

  • Making Spore Prints

  • Descriptions & Journals

  • Identifying Mushrooms

  • Determining Odour and Taste


Saturday Classroom session: Location: University of Victoria, exact location TBD

10 – 10:30  Welcome, discussion of goals & expectations, discussion of pre-reading assignment

10:30 – 12  Hands-on, interactive mushroom identification to major groups

12 – 1  Lunch on your own 1 – 4 Hands-on, interactive mushroom identification to genus

  • We will provide materials for the group to work with
  • We will provide printed keys for mushroom identification
  • Bring along any gilled mushrooms (good collections of one or two species ONLY) that you harvest from the wild and spore print before the workshop (optional)
  • Bring along a hand lens if you have one
  • Bring along any mushroom identification books that you want to use
  • Bring along your bag lunch or go out for lunch


Sunday Classroom session Location: University of Victoria, exact location TBD

10 – 12  Hands-on, interactive mushroom identification to genus and species

12 – 1  Lunch on your own 1 – 4 Hands-on, interactive mushroom identification to genus and species