Meeting Monday March 4, 6:30pm, Mary Ann Hawke. How To Be A Citizen Scientist And Help SDMS Document The Mushrooms Of A Biodiversity Hotspot

The guest speaker for our February 4th meeting will be Mary Ann Hawke. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM.
We will take Mary Ann to dinner before the meeting around 5:00 at the Blue Water Seafood Grill at 3667 India St.

Volunteers from the San Diego Mycological Society have been archiving mushrooms gathered during their forays at the San Diego Natural History Museum (the Nat) with the goal of cataloging the diversity of mushroom species of San Diego County. Documenting our local flora and fauna is crucial because our region is a global hotspot of biodiversity, yet habitats and species are threatened by wildfire, urbanization, invasive species, and climate change. Come learn how YOU can become a citizen scientist and use the iNaturalist app to participate! You’ll also hear about the DNA Barcoding initiative we’re undertaking, as part of the North American Mycoflora Project.

Please bring in mushrooms you find  so we can get them identified 630-7.

Mary Ann Hawke Ph.D. is a SDMS member, ecologist, and educator who has been spearheading this project in conjunction with the San Diego Barcode of Life and the San Diego Citizen Science Network. Mary Ann was the Director of the San Diego County Plant Atlas and trained 500 citizen scientists to document our local flora.

FORAY: 10am Saturday February 16 on private property

We need to collect fresh specimens for the fair! Join us on a Foray this Saturday Feb 16 with the San Diego Mycological Society.

***** Members Only *****
(if you are not yet a member you can join online here )

10am @
24251 Highway 76, Santa Ysabel.  Sign says Lighthouse Farm. If you get to the lake or San Luis Rey campground you have gone too far.

Bring your own basket and collecting tools.

Pot-luck style, no access to inside house (so no facilities!).

Please print out, complete and bring along a signed Liability Waiver

If you can’t go on the foray, or prefer to collect somewhere else and bring specimen for the day. (Anyone welcome, i.e., you don’t need to be a member to bring specimens to the fair). Here are some collecting tips.

Store with some of the substrate with which it was found. Can store in fridge inside paper bag, waxy paper bag, or even to go containers. Bring either Saturday night during set-up or Sunday (hopefully before fair begins) and we can use the specimen for our Identification table.
Collect specimen with ID, where it was found, substrate, smell, and other identification details.
Bag for Duff with each collection.

FUNGUS FAIR!!! Sunday February 17, 2019 10:30am-3:30pm


Fungus Fair is this: Sunday February 17, 2019 10:30-3:30. As a club we need your help to make this event great!
Please mark your calendars and spread the news to colleagues, family, friends and mycology enthusiasts!        2019 Fungus Fair Flyer

Expanded FAIR description


Consider being a volunteer for the event, we have several positions available to fit your needs and availability. We will train you for any position you wish to help us with. It is very minimal and mostly self-explanatory, but we will be there to guide you so you can enjoy the event and feel confident in helping us.

Also, as a member perk you get to come on our annual foray to help find fresh specimens, held Saturday Feb 16 location TBD. (Weather cooperating, otherwise we will suggest possible areas to scour for specimen). We will be discussing this a bit further in our January Monday meeting.

Here’s how to volunteer:
If you are interested in being a volunteer at the fungus fair you can let us know several ways:

In each please include your : name, telephone, email address (what’s the best way to contact you), what position you would like to do (can also leave it open and we place you where you are needed the most), what times you are available

Positions available:

Set Up 1: Saturday 2/16, 5-10 pm, food provided. We need to set up tables, chairs, booths, ID table, to be ready for next days event.

Set Up 2: Sunday 2/17, 8-10am. Last minute touches making sure the room is ready to receive guests.

FAIR BEGINS::::: 10:30 am Sunday Feb 17

Greeters: We need two at a time, located at each entrance. Helps answer questions about events as well as direct people to the right location so their answers can be fully met. (Don’t worry, you don’t have to know everything about mushrooms being in this position)

Membership Table: Collect money and enroll new members (and old) for their membership.

Children’s Table: Help facilitate activities for children during the fair. We have some games and ideas with this, but you are able to get creative and plan some of your own.

Book Store: Need several!!! Sell merchandise from our book store (T-shirts, books and other interesting material). We accept money, Venmo, Paypal and CC.

Floaters: Help all positions in the room. This helps people vending, greeting, and sales people are able to take adequate food and bathroom breaks. Will be able to help with all positions.

Break Down: Severely needed help to break down everything after the fair! We need to make sure we remove all our items as well as the vendors, break down of tables and chairs.

Meeting Monday Feb 4, 6:30pm, Alan Rockefeller: Mushrooms of Mexico.

The guest speaker for our February 4th meeting will be Alan Rockefeller. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM. We will take Alan to dinner before the meeting around 5:00 at the Blue Water Seafood Grill. 3667 India St.

Come join Alan Rockefeller for our monthly meeting, a specialist in fungal taxonomy from Oakland, CA. Alan is a mycologist who discovers, classifies, and photographs different varieties of mushrooms. Come join us as he takes us on a  journey through a decade of his work on the mushrooms of Mexico. He has identified and recorded over 1,000 species, based on phylogenetic and microscopic analysis. Alan regularly identifies mushrooms for several fungus fairs in Mexico and the USA in addition to identifying on websites such as Mushroom Observer, iNaturalist and various Facebook groups. The Shroomery.

The meeting will be held Monday February 4 @ held 6:30 PM in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park.
5p- Dinner. Come along & meet Alan over dinner!
6:30p- Mushroom ID, bring intact mushrooms that you find around town and get it identified!
7p- Talk Begins.

An exciting reminder that our Fungus Fair is Sunday February 17, 10:30-3:30. See you there!