2014-2015 FFSC Local Forays (by )

Lactarius rubidus photograph by Christian Schwarz The list of FFSC local forays and their dates are now available.  

It will be necessary to sign up for these events and there will be a cap on the number of participants.  To avoid swamping the foray leader, these local forays will not be available to the general public.  If this leaves you out, join the club for a modest fee and come along on the forays and for many other educational opportunities. 

January, 2015

"Strobilurus trullisatus" by Hugh Smith

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Date: 20 January, 2015
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Strobilurus trullisatus forms colonies on old Douglas fir cones.  Thank you Hugh for this lovely photograph!

Mushroom ID Class Enrollment: Four Dates for the Series (by )

? WHEN: 02/04/2015, 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
? WHERE: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 E Cliff Dr Santa Cruz, CA 95062
A gregarious cluster of small mushrooms


I am calling for members to register for the upcoming mushroom identification classes to be held in the months of February and March, 2015. These classes are free of charge, but to enroll, you must be a paid FFSC member and commit to attending all four classes...

Mycopigments: Exploring Mushroom Dyes of the Redwood Coast with Alissa Allen

? WHEN: 03/21/2015, 11 am - 3 pm
? WHERE: 370 Kings Village Rd Scotts Valley, CA 95066
A rainbow of mushroom-dyed yarn

Many wild mushrooms and lichens contain permanent, intensely colored dyes. In this workshop, you will explore a multitude of dye mushrooms found right here on the Redwood Coast. 

Wild foraged fungi and ethically harvested lichens will define our palette. Using 10 species of urban and woodland fungi, along with eco-friendly mordants, we will create a full spectrum of incredibly rich colors - about 20 in all! Learn about foraging, ethical practices, basic identification concepts, and get hands on experience extracting mushroom and lichen dyes for wool and silk. 

January General Meeting with Taylor Lockwood (by )

? WHEN: 01/14/2015, 7-9 pm
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, 191 Harvey West Blvd. Santa Cruz 95060
Taylor Lockwood with camera in hand

Please join us for our General Meeting at the Harvey West Scout House. We are pleased to have Taylor Lockwood as our presenter. A world-renowned mushroom photographer, Taylor's work has been published internationally, most recently in the May 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine

Note: this meeting is a week earlier than our usual third Wednesday of the month meeting date.

A Look Into the World of Mushrooming, with FFSC (by CTV Santa Cruz)

Look into the world of mushrooms and how to cook them, dye with them, pick the edible and medicinal ones and avoid the poisonous ones. Science advisor Henry Young pulls mushrooms out of his basket, Debbie Johnson gives us cooking hints, and Marjorie Young shows us who is gathering mushrooms from around the world. First aired live on CTV Santa Cruz, January 3, 2015.