2015 Election of FFSC Officers (Ministers)

? WHEN: 05/13/2015
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, 191 Harvey West Blvd. Santa Cruz 95060
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This is where the Fungus Federation depends on its many knowledgeable and generous members to make things happen.  Like most things, clubs are what you put into them.  So if you have been enjoying the membership, it is time to look for a way to get involved in keeping it rolling!

Here are a list of the Board Members up for election.  Completely open  are the positions of Prime Minister, and Minister of Propaganda. Existing office holders have decided not to seek re-election and no one has yet announced they will seek election.  These are positions are clearly up for grabs and need your consideration. Please note that only the Prime Minister position requires having served previously as a board member. The other positions can be held by any FFSC member

To get a sense of what is entailed in these positions, see Ministerial Duties.


Mycological Foray Trips to Italy

Last year marked our 20th anniversary of the foray trips we have taken to Italy. When we started them, we had no idea of how and what they were to be. To our surprise and for the benefit of the several hundreds of participants, we discovered that the Italian mycologists have been, across all counties and provinces, extraordinarily great hosts who not only shared their knowledge, there picking grounds, but also their friends, family and even their homes in occasions! 

Our trips are far from being commercial enterprises, but were conceived and coordinated by Ennio Giusti, a former member of the Mycological Association of Washington (MAW) and are now guided by his son Marco together with his friend Claudio. 

North to Alaska Foray 2015 (by Bill White)

? WHEN: 29-05, September 2015
? 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 29 – September 5. 

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.

Spring Fungi of the Sierra Nevada - SF State University Field Campus

P. carbonicola  mushroom photograph by Debbie Viess

Once again, Dennis Desjardin and San Francisco State University will be offering their week-long class at the SFSU Sierra Field Station. Students will be introduced to the different kinds of mushrooms and other large fungi that occur in the spring in the Sierra Nevada. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of macro- and micromorphological features, as well as ecological roles, to aid in the identification of taxa.

Suds & Shrooms Picnic 2015 (by )

? WHEN: 05/16/2015, 11 am - 4 pm
? WHERE: Scotts Valley - details in Members area of article

Mushroom beer mug The Central Coast Zymergeeks and the Fungus Federation are sponsoring our annual Suds and ‘Shrooms Potluck Picnic on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

This is a great time to gather, enjoy the season and the usual array of great food that our excellent FFSC cooks provide...


Land Navigation/Compass Skills Walkabout (by )

? WHEN: 04/12/2015, 11 am - 2 pm
? WHERE: To be announced:
topographic map

Sorry... Class is Full.  Maybe next time?

This is the chance to brush up on your navigation skills before chasing down those spring coccora, morels or king boletes!  We will be using what was learned in the Basic Survival Skills Workshop.  It can also be a way to brush up on compass skill that haven't been used in a while. 

Registration will be limited to FFSC members initially...

Christian Schwarz and Penelope Gillette: The Mycoflora Project (by )

? WHEN: 03/18/2015, 7-9 pm
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, 191 Harvey West Blvd. Santa Cruz 95060
Photo of our speaker Christian Schwarz, holding bolete mushrooms

Please join us for our General Meeting at the Harvey West Scout House. Doors open at 7, with refreshments and informal mushroom ID from 7:00 - 7:30. A discussion of upcoming events will precede our speakers, Christian Schwarz and Penelope Gillette.  Topic: The FFSC Sequencing Project and the Santa Cruz Mycoflora Project.