OMS Mushroom Identification Pre-Meeting
The identification session prior to the general meeting is open to the public. 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 to class (with a spore print, if possible). Bring your field guide to reference the mushrooms that are on display.
OMS General Meeting
Debbie Viess, “California Morels and the Species that Overlap with Oregon”Nomenclatural battles over Latin names for morel species have recently been waged across North America and Europe with nearly simultaneous publications of new names by researchers. Confusion reigns over name precedence and just which morels are synonymous. And you thought finding them was the hard part.
Debbie Viess, aka “AmanitaRita,” is a biologist, naturalist, writer and artist. A former zoologist and animal behaviorist, she was seduced away from her work with the furred and feathered by the fascinating world of fungi. She has been seriously obsessed with various fungal studies for over twenty years, with a special interest in the genus Amanita.
A long-time Bay Area resident, she is a co-founder of the Bay Area Mycological Society (BAMS!), the newest and most dynamic, science-centric mushroom club in the San Francisco Bay Area.