7:15 pm OMS Society Business: Announcements and Introductions.
Presentation: Seeking the Elusive Morel and Other Fascinating or Edible Spring Fungi
Presenter: Michael Beug has taught chemistry, mycology and organic farming at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington for 32 years and is now a very active Professor Emeritus. As he moved into retirement he has focused his time on mycology and wine making. He lectures to mushroom enthusiasts throughout the West and loves to teach beginners workshops.
Mike is a member of the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) where he serves as Editor of the journal McIlvainea, Chair of the Toxicology Committee, and member of the Education Committee. He also was the winner of the 2006 NAMA Award for Contributions to Amateur Mycology. He has authored over two dozen PowerPoint presentations about mushrooms for the NAMA Education Committee and his mushroom photographs have appeared in over 30 books and articles on mushrooms.
Mike served four terms as President of the Pacific Northwest Key Council, is on the editorial board of Fungi magazine and a coauthor of MatchMaker. His specialties are Ascomycetes, the genus Ramaria, and all toxic and hallucinogenic mushrooms.
In addition to being a regular contributor to various mycological publications such as McIlvainea, The Mycophile, Fungi, and Mushroom: The Journal of Wild Mushrooming, he coauthored Ascomycete Fungi of North America, and has just finished the first draft of “Mushrooms of the Columbia River Gorge: an illustrated key” containing over 780 species.