February, 2015

"Candy Cap with Newt" by Linda Maxwell

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Date: December 17, 2014
Camera: Canon Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
ISO Speed: 640
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Focal Length: 5 mm
Aperture: f/3.5
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Thanks for sharing this photo, Linda.  We also loved your Newt-Free Candy Cap cookies at the January General Meeting! 

January, 2015

"Strobilurus trullisatus" by Hugh Smith

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Strobilurus trullisatus forms colonies on old Douglas fir cones.  Thank you Hugh for this lovely photograph!

January, 2015

"Gomphidius in the Rain" by Jim Austin

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Date: December 06, 2014
ISO Speed: 1000
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Focal Length: 48 mm
Aperture: f/10.0
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Fungus Fair 2015 is here!!

Come to Santa Cruz and explore the Kingdom of Fungi!

Learn about the hundreds of beautiful and fascinating species of mushrooms found in the Santa Cruz/Monterey and Bay Area. Find fungi on display in a re-created woodland habitat. This unique Santa Cruz tradition features three days of fantastic fun, informative speakers and demonstrations, with fungal activities for the whole family. Initiated by David Arora in 1973, this year's fair represents 41 years of keeping the "fun" in fungi. Join the fun!


Promotional video is created by Rebekah Leekley with video footage provided by Justin Pierce.

Fungus Fair After-Hours Dinner (by )

? WHEN: 01/09/2015, 6-9 pm
? WHERE: Louden Nelson Community Center (Room #3), 301 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Enjoy an amazing multi-course mushroom and wine feast with a group of like-minded fungiphiles.

Lucky attendees will sample appetizers and have small-scale guided tours of the displays in a more intimate, less crowded atmosphere.

December 20th Foray with Cass Fuentes at the UCSC campus (by )

Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz members of a foray

We had a great turn-out for the FFSC Foray last Saturday, December 20th! The group ended up leaving Marshall Fields and headed toward the UCSC campus to hunt, where we were greeted with (to name just a few) Amanita mucarias, Candy Caps, Blewits, Laccaria bicolor and amethysteo-occidentalis, Death Caps, Honey Mushrooms, and Lactarius rubrilacteus by the bucket-loads. It was a great time with great people, and great fungi!

Family Fungus Fun at the Natural History Museum (by Marjorie Young)

? WHEN: 01/03/2015, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
? WHERE: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History (Whale Museum), 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Family Fungus Fun brochure from the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

FFSC's Marty and Kathy Newman, coordinators of the Fungus Fair Kids' Room, will present a children’s storytime program at the Museum to teach preschool-aged kids and their families all about mushrooms. The program will include stories, arts/crafts, songs, games, and/or exploration of natural objects/artifacts.

Pickled Brussels Sprouts (by )

Brussels SproutsDavid Brandl's pickled Brussels Sprouts were relished at the Pipi Foray in May 2012 and the recent Albion foray in December 2014. Now you can make your own! As this recipe isn't water bath processed, it is best to store your pickled sprouts in the fridge or a very cool place...