Echo Summit Foray (2014) (by )

? WHEN: 26-28, September 2014
? WHERE: Echo Summit Lodge, 9010 Johnson Pass Rd, Echo Lake, CA

Our Annual Echo Summit Foray is scheduled in September at California Alpine Club’s Echo Summit Lodge, overlooking the Tahoe Basin. It’s not large, but it has a lot of character! Dues-paying FFSC members get first chance at the limited space so make sure you reserve your space in advance.  Reservations must be post marked after August 1st  for members and after September 1st for non-members.

The 33rd Annual Telluride Mushroom Festival

? WHEN: 15-19, August 2014
? WHERE: W. Colorado Avenue, Telluride, CO

The 33rd Telluride Mushroom Festival celebrates the many uses of fungi (all things mycology).  Fungi serve many purposes--from breaking down plant cellulose in nature to creating nutrients for plants, to serving as food and medicine for people, to acting as bio-remediators to filter and break down toxic land like oil spills and agricultural run off. 

Citizen Science: Amateur Ain’t a Dirty Word (by )

A very far eastern Dendrocollybia…

on the right: A very far eastern Dendrocollybia… Read on for details.

*With a title containing the terms “Amateur” and “hard and messy”, this post better get some traffic…*

So! There’s been a lot of trollish, flamey, someone-is-wrong-on-the-internet-style discussions over at Mushroom Observer recently, and despite the entertainment value, I thought a blog post might help quell the animosity and clear up some of the common outstanding questions and misconceptions under discussion.

The discussions revolve around Citizen Science and the associated questions: How does it work? Is it really science? Am I a citizen scientist? If so, is there a cure?