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October 2021

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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Feb 10 General Meeting: Photographing Mushrooms

January 30 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Alan Rockefeller is an avid mycologist both in the field and in the lab. Immersed in the mushroom world for more than 20 years, he has filed more than 21,000 observations with iNaturalist, is on the leading edge of DNA sequencing, and is the chief mycologist for Mimosa Therapeutics. For our February meeting, he'll talk about how to photograph mushrooms and how to identify them. Join us via Zoom at 7 pm on Feb. 10. Here is the Zoom link:…

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March 2022

March 10: African and Asian Traditions in Hunting and Eating Mushrooms

March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A Tale of Two Continents -- Wendy So has chased mushrooms from California to the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, the Southwest, Europe, Asia and Africa. Now she experiments in the kitchen with under-appreciated mushrooms. For our March general meeting, she will discuss mushroom hunting and eating traditions in two mushroom-loving regions -- southwest China and south-central Africa -- and contrast them with ours in North America. A resident of Mendocino County, Wendy So played significant roles with the Mycological Society of…

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April 2022

April 14: Exploring the Southeast U.S.

April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Exploring the Southeast -- What would you find in the woods if you lived in the Southeast U.S.? What's different? What's dangerous? Our April speaker is Anna McHugh, who lives in North Carolina and celebrates local mushrooming with her popular YouTube channel. She'll cover ecology, identification and taxonomy. Her talk begins at 7 pm on April 14. Here's the Zoom link:  https://zoom.us/j/97769383325?pwd=SHE4eldHN0lidEIwOTZ3RWdNa3hkQT09 Credentials are: Meeting ID: 977 6938 3325 and Passcode: 038709

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May 2022

May 12: Finding Morels in the Northwest

May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our spring mushroom season is dominated by the hunt for morels, from mid-April well into June. For a guide to what's out there, when and where to find them, and how to tap into the burn morel bonanzas, we've turned to Paul Hill. You'll find him on Facebook, at Puget Sound Mycological Society events, behind the scenes at MycoMatch, and in the field with his camera.  His talk will be at our May general meeting, via Zoom at 7 pm…

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June 2022

June 9: Mushroom DNA for Dummies

June 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mushroom DNA for Dummies -- Is DNA sequencing really the last word in the 200-year-old quest to classify and name mushrooms "correctly"? What does it mean, and how does it work? What are the biggest surprises? Danny Miller, our guest via Zoom on Thursday, June 9, will stroll through the history of the biggest fungal taxonomy discoveries and our quest for "truth". Danny is the ID committee coordinator and the education chair for the Puget Sound Mycological Society. He's also…

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September 2022

Sept. 8: Should I Have Eaten That?

September 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Should I Have Eaten That? -- We kick off our autumn speaker lineup with Professor Michael Beug, who was a longtime mycology guru at The Evergreen State College. He is famous for being one of those brave folks who first taste-tests newfound mushrooms on our behalf.  He is the author of "Mushrooms of Cascadia," a recently published identification guide. He'll join us via Zoom at 7 pm. Here's that link:  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82218064604?pwd=TDhPUU4yRmZVcDJBRHM4NWFaUFRwdz09 Also! Members are welcome to join us in person,…

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