2016 Fall Members Mushroom ID Classes (by )

Phil Carpenter will be leading a series of Fall Mushroom Identification classes. Starting October a series of 4 classes.  Classes will be held in Santa Cruz from 7-9 pm.   Participants must be active current club members and be able to attend all 4 sessions but since the class is free, the membership dues are the only fee for nonmembers.  If your membership has lapsed, it is important to renew it! There is no charge for the class for members and it is not open to non-members.  Come with fresh mushrooms from field or lawn, forest or mountains

Fall Mushroom Dinner

? WHEN: 10/08/2016, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
? WHERE: 370 Kings Village Road Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Mushroom cocktail

Autumn beckons and we await the first fungal fruitings! In the meantime, the FFSC Culinary Committee welcomes you to celebrate the season with our annual Fall Mushroom Dinner.  Chef Bob Wynn and the Chair Margaret Carpenter are cooking up a scrumptious menu for the evening. We’ll start with a celebratory cocktail and hors d’oeuvres. Salad, Chicken Ricotta Roulade, Farro-Porcini Risotto and Roasted Fall Vegetables will be featured for the main course. Dinner will come to a sweet ending with Candy Cap Apple Crisp & Cream. Mmmmmm...


  • FFSC member admission $20 advance, $25 at door
  • Guest admission $30 advance, $35 at door

2016 Alaska Foray Field Report

Ted showing off a Alaskan gold

First of all, before going Noah Seigel was saying it was going to be a banner year for mushrooms in Alaska.   They had been gettting plenty of rain this year.   Last year, it was a drought year and the rivers were low.  I was getting excited and checking the weather of Soldotna months before the trip.   My palms were sweating.

This will be my fourth consecutive trip now and I am an Alaskan fixture at Bill Whites Sports Lodge...

2016 Alaska (by Attending FFSC Members)

2016 Alaska Foray again provided fun adventures for all of us who were lucky enough to go.   Bill and Jerry White were gracious hosts and the Alaskan weather gods smiled favorably upon us.   Mushroom and adventures abound.  Wish you were there to enjoy them with us.

North to Alaska Foray 2016 (by Bill White)

? WHEN: 27-03, September 2016
? WHERE: Sterling, Alaska

Join Bill and Jerri White at their Alaska Sports Lodge for the highly popular Alaska Foray. The dates this year are August 27 – September 3. 

Alaska Bolete by Bradley Dunbaugh Why?

Beautiful scenery, wildlife, fresh seafood and mushrooms! Edibles often found include Boletes, Gypsies, Hedgehogs, Lactarius deliciosus, and Alaska Gold, Phaeolepiota aurea. Fungal diversity can be astonishing, with some forays yielding over 200 species.

Read about our 2015 foray adventures.

2016 September General Meeting: Noah Siegel (by )

? WHEN: 09/21/2016, 6-9 pm
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, Harvey West Scout House
Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast

Please join us for our General Meeting at the Harvey West Scout House.  We will open earlier at 6PM, this month, so people can come and purchase a book or two at $35 and get them signed by both authors who will be present.   Refreshments will be provided and informal mushroom ID from 7:00 - 7:30.  A discussion of upcoming events will precede our speaker, Noah Siegel who will discuss his latest book, Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, co-written with our local Christian Schwarz.

Six years in the making, the newly published Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast is the definitive guide to mushrooms in the diverse ecological zones of this region. Gain a better understanding about the mushrooms of northern California, hear some of the stories behind the book, and enjoy a selection of breathtaking photographs; from common edibles to rare and remarkable species.

UCSC Fungal Herbarium Sequencing Project (by Henry Young)

"To expand through education, the understanding and appreciation of mycology and to assist the general public, related institutions or societies to further this goal as stated articles of incorporation."  

2013 FFSC voted to allocate $15,000 to fund this project for DNA sequencing.   And with the help of other contributors have reduced the FFSC amount.  All FFSC funds and others for this project have been paid directly to the analytic lab that did the sequencing.

Report From The Sierra (by )

Mount Shasta was visible at all times of every day. Hardly a cloud!

Sandi and I met Mark and Toni from Santa Cruz at McCloud for the McCloud Mushroom Festival. We rented a home on www.VRBO.com and we were able to walk to town for the festival every day. We've been before but this was so much better than the last time.

Yes, Hygrophorus caeruleus were found. There was lots of fungal activity from 3200 feet and up...

2016 Spring Foray (by Lety, Anna and Kitty)

This years Spring foray 2016 was fun as usual.   Morels were to be found both in the burns and blonde naturals along the trails by the creek.   We happened up an early flush of Spring Kings as well.   Plenty of spring wildflowers at 4000' feet and higher.   A little rain, a little sun and plenty of good company makes our FFSC forays the events we enjoy.   Both old timers and new enjoyed hunting and eating mushrooms.   Till the next hunt.....