January 2023 General Meeting - Noah Siegel "Stop Walking on Truffles: The Cryptic Life Underground"

? WHEN: 01/18/2023, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
? WHERE: Clubhouse at Harvey West Park, Clubhouse at Harvey West Park

Please join us for our January meeting at the Harvey West Scout House. 

The evening will start at 6:30 pm for those who would like to socialize, snack on Bob Wynn's fantastic spread and chat with fellow mycophiles before the main meeting. Bring any fungi you have been lucky enough to find for identification! Business and announcements will start at 7:00 pm. After the business part of the meeting, we will be joined by Noah Siegel, our speaker for the evening.

California has an amazing diversity of hypogeous fungi (truffles and false truffles), and was the birthplace of North American truffle taxonomy. Although truffles are renowned for their culinary properties, very few species are highly prized edibles. This talk will highlight some of the common species, and how to find and identify them.

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Noah’s field mycology skills are extensive – he has spent over three decades seeking, photographing, identifying, and furthering his knowledge about all aspects of macrofungi. He has hunted for mushrooms throughout the United States and Canada, as well as on multiple expeditions to New Zealand and Australia and Cameroon. He is one of the premier mushroom photographers in the nation, having won numerous awards from the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) photography contest.

His technique and attention to detail are unrivaled, arising from a philosophy of maximizing utility for identification purposes while maintaining a high degree of aesthetic appeal. His photographs have appeared on the covers and have been featured in articles of multiple issues of FUNGI Magazine, the primary mushroom enthusiast magazines in the United States, numerous mushroom books, as well as many club publications.

He authored, along with Christian Schwarz, Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, a comprehensive guide for the northern California coast, and A field Guide to the Rare Fungi of California's National Forests. He is currently working on Mushrooms of Cascaida; a reference guide for Pacific Northwest fungi. Noah travels and lectures extensively across America, following the mushrooms from coast to coast, and everywhere in between.

Noah will also be acting as Chief Mycologist and giving a lecture at our upcoming January 20-22 2023 Albion Foray.