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. 

Naturalist's Night: A Mushroom Talk (by )

? WHEN: 12/16/2014, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
? WHERE: SANTA CRUZ MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 1305 East Cliff Drive Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Colorful mushroom emerging from the ground.



Mushrooms can be delicious or deadly and have played a role in almost every culture for nearly 10,000 years. Learn more about our local edible and poisonous mushrooms with guest speakers from the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz.

Wondering about all those mushrooms sprouting up in your neighborhood, or maybe the ones decorating the woods?  

Henry Young is giving a mushroom talk at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History on Tuesday night.  This little museum is a gem with or without Phil and Henry, but with them speaking, it is well worth a visit.

Although this is not an FFSC event, it features two of our club's most active members. 

Register online at: http://santacruzmuseum.org/

$10 general

$5 for members


Henry Cowell Habitat Walk (by )

Soggy participants in raingear

A  great group of people attended the Henry Cowell Habitat Walk this last Saturday.  These hearty mushroom enthusiasts were greeted with early rain, muddy conditions… and TONS of mushrooms popping up all over!  Some of the highlights were beautiful clumps of Oysters, fresh Lion's Mane, Dyer’s Polypore, carpets of Mycenas, an impressive troop of Jack O’Lanterns, and ominously glowing Death Caps.  Below is a partial list of species found; there were various Agaricus, possible Agrocybes, and LBM’s that weren't included (among others). 

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.