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. 

Holiday Potluck

? WHEN: 12/14/2014, 4-8 pm
? WHERE: Scotts Valley Community Center, 360 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95006
Dawn & Jeanette

Be there — Sunday, December 14 at 4 pm!

Our Potluck replaces December's General Meeting.  Come spend a delicious evening in the company of the great cooks of the FFSC for our annual Holiday Potluck! Bring your dish of choice, made to serve at least 10. The dish should adhere to the Suggested Species List and be labeled with a dish card, both found here: Potluck EssentialsPlease bring your dish hot (as appropriate) and ready to serve, as this facility has only a small kitchen and last-minute cooking is not possible. Chef Bob Wynn will be coordinating service and keeping dishes warm as needed. 

Not an experienced forager yet? Purchased mushrooms or desserts are encouraged.

The Wood Wide Web (by )

A mycorrhizal Amanita mushroom fruiting in pine duff

Most of us know many species of fungi form mycorrhyzal relatonships with plants... but it hasn't always been clear what exactly they are doing and who is benefiting from this relationship.  Discoveries about chemical warfare, defense communication, protection, food sharing and assistance are all outlined in this fascinating article as part of a "wood wide web" network.

November, 2014

"Polyporus arcularius photographed by Cathy Welch" by cortinarius

Best Photo
Date: July 27, 2012
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure: 0.01 sec
Focal Length: 5 mm
Aperture: f/3.7
Flash Used: No

This photo comes to us from Kathy Welch who snapped this image while lying under the branch.  She says it (Polyporus arcularius) was growing near a monistary in Tibet... a magical place!

Thank you Kathy