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March 2021

March 11 General Meeting: Microbial Roots of Life

March 11, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The underground world of fungal mycelium is where biologist Anne Biklé  is focused. She and her husband, geologist David Montgomery, wrote The Hidden Half of Nature. It's an exploration of microbial life, and how it underpins the health of the soil and of our own bodies. She'll talk about this point of view on Thursday, March 11, at 7 pm in our Zoom-based general meeting. Beforehand, you can read up on their work on the connections between people, plants, food, health, and…

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April 2021

April 8 General Meeting: Boletes, with Daniel Winkler

April 8, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

To make sure you're prepared for the Spring Kings and then all the boletes that follow, our April 8 speaker will be Daniel Winkler. He wears a lot of hats -- he created the familiar Northwest edible mushroom laminated folder, and he runs MushRoaming, an eco-adventure business. He will talk about Boletes of the Pacific Northwest, and about new training tools called MycoCard. Zoom credentials for the meeting are available to KPMS members.    

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May 2021

May 13 General Meeting: Citizen Science, with Lauren Re

May 13, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Calling all Citizen Scientists -- Lauren Re, of the South Sound Mushroom Club, will be our Zoom guest on   Thursday, May 13, at 7 pm. She'll discuss research projects in mushroom diversity that we can each contribute to, just by reporting our interesting finds. The Zoom link and credentials are in the Members Forum.  

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July 2021

Member Picnic and Mushroom Dye Demo, July 10

July 10, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

If you're into mushroom dyes, you know about Alissa Allen. If you don't know about Alissa, come to our annual KPMS member picnic prepared to be amazed. All around us are humble mushrooms and lichens that can turn wool and silk into bright purple, green, gold, rose, even neon yellow. Alissa, a KPMS member, the founder of Mycopigments, teaches mushroom identification and dyeing. She'll show us how, guide us through some options, and send each participant home with a fresh-dyed…

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September 2021

Finding the Mother Tree, with author Suzanne Simard

September 9, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We're thrilled to offer, for our September meeting, a live Zoom presentation by Dr. Suzanne Simard, a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia. She is the researcher figuring out how trees communicate and care for each other, with fungal collaborators. She has a famous TED talk and her new book, Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, is a bestseller. We hope you'll join us for her insights. Here is the Zoom link,…

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October 2021

Two Green Mountain Forays for Members on Oct. 9

October 9, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

We're organizing two member forays this Saturday, Oct. 9, at Green Mountain, west of Bremerton. Our Green Mountain forays are great introductions to our local habitat and species, so we've taken steps with the DNR to make sure we can continue to offer them despite the pandemic. Members can find the details here.

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Mushroom Identification, for our Oct. 14 Zoom meeting

October 14, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Just in time for the October flush of mushrooms all over the Northwest, we have a new speaker for this month's general meeting, and she'll be talking about Mushroom Identification, a topic near to all our hearts. Leah Bendlin is a Portland-based mushroom and community science enthusiast. She'll join us Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7 pm via Zoom. She'll cover the basics of mushroom identification for beginners, including mushrooms' physical features, lifestyles and ecology. Members can learn more about the…

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November 2021

Nov. 11: Research into Psychedelic Mushrooms

November 11, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For our November general meeting, via Zoom, we'll hear about psychedelic mushrooms, the state of research and the prospects for therapy, from  Dr. Sandeep Nayak, a clinical psychiatrist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research. Here's the Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84106102951?pwd=LzBmc1hSV1FPUHpFcHZsSWQvUlJvUT09 If you are prompted for credentials, the Meeting ID is 841 0610 2951 and the Passcode is 829270 .

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December 2021

December Meeting: Fungi that Clean Up

December 9, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fungi are hungry, and they can evolve to consume all sorts of compounds that are usually hard to digest -- including toxic wastes. Jack Johnson, a molecular mycologist and community scientist, will talk about this fungal feature on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7 pm. He'll discuss the ecology, history and industry of what's called bioremediation. He's a member of the South Sound Mushroom Club and lives in the Olympia area. To join our December meeting, here are the Zoom credentials:…

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January 2022

January 13 General Meeting: Making Mushroom Videos

January 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Aaron Hilliard, KPMS vice president, is the proprietor of the YouTube channel Mushroom Wonderland, which in just 18 months has grown to more than 10,000 subscribers. His 60-some videos capture the excitement of exploring Northwest habitats in every season. (One of them has more than 100,000 views.) Aaron will tell us -- and show us -- how he came to both mushrooming and videography. He'll offer tips for anyone who wants to pursue mushroom identification, filmmaking, or YouTube fame.  …

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