This is a member-only event.
Face masks required.
6:30 pm – OMS Mushroom Identification Session
If you have found mushrooms that are in good condition, wrap them in waxed paper, aluminum foil, or a put them in a paper bag and bring them (with a spore print, if possible). Bring your field guide to reference the mushrooms that are on display.
7:00 OMS Society Business: Announcements, Introductions, or Short Presentations
7:30 pm Presentation: Fungal Fruits of the Forest – Choice Edible mushrooms of the PNW
Mushrooms grow in abundance in the Pacific Northwest nearly year around. Some are poisonous, many of no culinary value and a select group are some of the best food to enjoy. Daniel Winkler will present in detail our choice edible mushrooms which are easy to identify, helping one to overcome fungophobia and truly appreciate wild mushrooms along with those that fruit underground or other mushrooms that need much more experience for safe identification. In this richly illustrated presentation Daniel will help you get to know, identify and find many great edible mushrooms while steering you clear of dangerous look-a-likes. You’ll be advised how to properly collect, carefully transport, safely prepare and reliably store your mushrooms. Key in finding prime mushrooms is getting to know their preferred habitat and their seasonality. Daniel will share lots of new insights from his new book “Fruits of the Forest – Handbook to Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest. In addition, Daniel is mixing in some fungal fun & facts from his ethno-mycological research and Mushroaming adventure travels.
Speaker: Daniel Winkler. Daniel grew up collecting and eating wild mushrooms in the Alps and shares his enthusiasm as a mushroom educator, photographer and guide. He joined the Puget Sound Mycological Society in 1996, served on the board and as vice president for many years and was so inspired by fungi it drove him to his career path. Daniel recently published “Fruits of the Forest – Field Guide to Pacific Northwest Edible Mushrooms” a product of a life time of mushroom hunting, the last twenty-five in the PNW. Previously he published a series of fold-out field guides: Edible Mushrooms of the PNW, Edibles of California (both Harbour Publishing), Amazon Mushrooms, and Medicinal Mushrooms of North America, as well as MycoCards “Boletes of Western North America”. As an ecologist and geographer Daniel focused on High Asia towards researching Tibet’s fungal economy. His ethno-mycological Cordyceps research featured National Geographic, New York Times, The Economist, NPR, BBC World Service etc. In the last decade Daniel started exploring neotropical fungi. With his travel agency MushRoaming Daniel is organizing mushroom focused eco-adventures since 2007, current destinations are Bhutan and Colombia.