7:00 OMS Society Business: Announcements, Introductions, or Short Presentations
7:30 pm Presentation:
Speaker: Michael Beug, Professor Emeritus, Evergreen State College taught chemistry, mycology and organic farming at Evergreen in Olympia, Washington for 32 years. He’s active in the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) and the Pacific Northwest Key Council. In addition to this new book, he coauthored Ascomycete Fungi of North America, published in 2014. His photographs have appeared in over 80 publications. He regularly writes about mushrooms for McIlvainea: Journal of American Amateur Mycology, The Mycophile, and Fungi Magazine. Michael received the 2006 NAMA Award for Contributions to Amateur Mycology and has prepared over two dozen presentations about mushrooms for the NAMA Education Committee. In 2017, mushroom expert Paul Stamets of Fungi Perfecti, created the Mike Beug Scholarship, in honor of the professor who helped shaped Stamets’ career as a mycologist.
Michael will showcase some of the mushroom species in his newly released new book titled “Mushrooms of Cascadia: An Illustrated Key”. The presentation will include discussions on Cortinarius, Boletes, Amanita, Morchella, Cantharellus, Lactarius, Hericium, and polypore mushrooms; including several recently discovered/unnamed species. His book is a unique field guide enabling all levels of user to key out mushrooms while in the field. It contains over 1,000 color photographs of over 900 species. The fruiting range of the included mushrooms are right in our back yard; from coastal Alaska to central California, inland to Idaho with emphasis on mushrooms of the Cascades.