UCSC Fungal Herbarium Sequencing Project (by Henry Young)

"To expand through education, the understanding and appreciation of mycology and to assist the general public, related institutions or societies to further this goal as stated articles of incorporation."  

2013 FFSC voted to allocate $15,000 to fund this project for DNA sequencing.   And with the help of other contributors have reduced the FFSC amount.  All FFSC funds and others for this project have been paid directly to the analytic lab that did the sequencing.

2016 Albion I Foray - December

? WHEN: 02-04, December 2016
? WHERE: Albion Field Station, Albion Field Station, 34100 Albion Street Albion, CA 95410

Reservations for the Albion Retreat for December - almost sold out only dorms and RV sites available.

There is no limit to the foray size itself.  FFSC members are welcome to stay off site and join us for both the Saturday foray and the Saturday night potluck. You must be a FFSC member for you and your family to attend.

The Albion Retreat and Learning Center is located just one mile from the seashore, eight miles south of Mendocino, and 28 miles from the Jackson Demonstration Forest, and 60 miles from Salt Point in the valley of an old lumber camp on the Albion River, it has welcomed students and visitors with its rustic charm since 1947. The Albion Retreat and Learning Center is owned and operated by Pacific Union College and offers an ideal base from which to foray in the nearby Jackson Demonstration Forest.  The Mendocino Coast is a bountiful haven for fungal species in any season. The Albion foray focuses on a wide range of fungi, with edibles including boletes, chanterelles, candy caps, matsutake and hedgehogs.   Go here to get your Jackson Demostration Permit.

The Albion Retreat and Learning Center features heated private cabins with private baths and a lovely dining hall with a commercial kitchen. The center serves as our foray base and we utilize the kitchen for meals and our famous Saturday night potluck. Additional information regarding the Albion Retreat and Learning Center can be found at http://www.puc.edu/puc-life/albion/home.

KKUP - "West Coast Foraging/ Walk on the Wild Side"

? WHEN: 10/27/2016, 10 am - 1 pm
? WHERE: Radio - KKUP 91.5

Our very own members, Phil Carpenter and Susan Labiste will be on the KKUP radio “Old Time Farm & Garden Show” with Jim Maley.  They will be talking about forging from both the Plant and Fungi Kingdoms.  The program will be aired on KKUP FM 91.5 on Thursday, October 27th from 10 AM to 1PM Pacific time.  The programs title is “West Coast Foraging/ Walk on the Wild Side".

Please tune in and tell your friends...

2016 November General Meeting: Rick Kerringan "Agaricus of North America" (by )

? WHEN: 11/16/2016, 7-9 pm
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, Harvey West Scout House
Rick Kerrigan


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 speaker, Rick Kerrigan.

Join us for his talk on Agaricus of North America

2016 October General Meeting- Debbie Viess "California Myco-Wizard in the Land of OZ ." (by )

? WHEN: 10/19/2016, 7-9 pm
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, 191 Harvey West Blvd. Santa Cruz 95060
Debbie and the Termites
Debbie Viess will be presenting this month, with images and tales from her trip to Australia this past spring. In her very own words on this month's talk.  "As many of you might know, OZ (what the Aussies call their country) has also been in the midst of a lengthy and devastating drought. Couple that with the familiar sight of eucalyptus lining the roads (just like here in CA), you can forgive me for thinking that I had traveled an awfully long way to arrive right back home!
However, the unique and marvelous natural history of that island/continent/country soon disabused me of that notion."

Representatives from the Soquel State Demonstration Forest will be on hand from 7:00 to 7:30 to issue free collecting permits before the meeting and provide an update on Forest activities.

NAMA National Foray – Front Royal, Virginia (by Phil Carpenter)

Being retired, I like to travel to other parts of the country or world to pursue my interest in mushrooms. This year, I considered two choices: the annual foray to Alaska in August hosted by long-term FFSC member, Bill White, or the national NAMA (North American Mycological Society) foray to Virginia, set for September 8-11. For a variety of reasons, I opted to go to Virginia. Oops, not the best choice as it turns out - Alaska had primo pickin’ while Virginia didn’t...

2016 Fall Members Mushroom ID Classes (by )

Phil Carpenter will be leading a series of Fall Mushroom Identification classes. Starting October a series of 4 classes.  Classes will be held in Santa Cruz from 7-9 pm.   Participants must be active current club members and be able to attend all 4 sessions but since the class is free, the membership dues are the only fee for nonmembers.  If your membership has lapsed, it is important to renew it! There is no charge for the class for members and it is not open to non-members.  Come with fresh mushrooms from field or lawn, forest or mountains

2016 Alaska Foray Field Report

Ted showing off a Alaskan gold

First of all, before going Noah Seigel was saying it was going to be a banner year for mushrooms in Alaska.   They had been gettting plenty of rain this year.   Last year, it was a drought year and the rivers were low.  I was getting excited and checking the weather of Soldotna months before the trip.   My palms were sweating.

This will be my fourth consecutive trip now and I am an Alaskan fixture at Bill Whites Sports Lodge...