A New SDMYCO Season is Here! First meeting Monday, 10/7. 

SDMYCO Newsletter – September 2019


Hey hey mycophiles! The SDMYCO season is upon us and we are so, so ready for it!⁠

Our first meeting of the season is just a few weeks away on Monday, October 7th. Gather your curious friends and come join us to immerse yourself in all things mushroom.⁠ As a reminder we meet the first Monday of each Month, October – May. 


October Meeting Agenda

Monday 10/7 – 6:30 – 8pm @ Balboa Park

1650 El Prado, Room 101 – Google Map


5pm: Meet the speaker! Dinner @ Blue Water Seafood Grill at 3667 India St. Open to the public.

6:30: Identification Talk

6:45pm: Welcome / Club Business / Board Nominations

7-8pm: Speaker Michelle Hinojosa

Foraging for Wellbeing – Mushroom Identification for Relief of Anxiety + Depression


Upcoming Events + Membership

Encouraged by a bountiful last season, we have organized a stellar line-up of speakers, workshops, forays and other myco surprises (!!!) that we are excited to share with you this season.

While our monthly meetings are open to the public (bring your family and friends!), many of our offerings throughout the season will be member-only benefits (Forays/Classes/Dinners). Membership is only $25/year for the whole family! Encourage your friends to join @ www.SDmyco.org/membership




Nat Talk: The Remarkable Universe of Fungi

w/ mycologist and author Lawrence Millman

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 @ 7 PM

San Diego Natural History Museum


SDMYCO is excited to co-host two magical screenings of the long awaited documentary Fantastic Fungi on November 3rd + 5th.

Tickets on sale now!!

More info to come in a follow-up email. 

That’s all for now … See you soon friends!


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Coastal Cleanup Day Results: Single-Use Plastics are Chief Polluter and Cigarette Butts Remain Single Most Littered Item Countywide

In just three hours today, more than 6,500 volunteers cleared nearly 145,000 pounds (72,500 tons) of waste and debris from streets, canyons, parks and the coastline in communities across San Diego County for the 35th annual Coastal Cleanup Day, organized by the nonprofit I Love A Clean San Diego. The day’s environmental protection effort took place at 107 sites around the region and prevented the equivalent of 5,500 garbage trucks emptying their contents into the ocean.

For the 35th year in row, since Coastal Cleanup Day’s inception, plastic in all its forms remains the chief polluter collected throughout San Diego County today. From food wrappers to cups and water bottles to fast-food containers, single-use plastics were found across parking lots, public parks, within canyons and around schools.

Cigarette butts remain the most littered individual item. Many cigarette butts were discovered within feet of the water along the coast, trapped in gutters that flow to the ocean, and tossed near waterways in the inland communities. Cigarette butt filters are made of plastic, do not biodegrade and are full of harmful toxins that pollute the environment when left behind.

Among the debris collected were several notable odd items, including a reclining chair, refrigerator, wheelchair, plastic Christmas tree, messages in a bottle at Swami’s State Beach, rice cooker, restaurant pager and a guitar case.

Conservation Tips

  1. Visit WasteFree.org to learn more about how to recycle effectively to reduce contaminated materials from the blue bin. And, see what waste goes to the landfill and use reusable items instead.
  2. Work to eliminate single-use plastics from your lifestyle and switch to reusable alternatives.
  3. Smokers: Please make sure your cigarette is disposed of properly and not discarded on the street. And, if you desire quitting, consult a physician to discuss a plan to stop smoking.

Volunteers included residents, corporate groups, and civic organizations who turned their appreciation for the region’s beauty into action by not only cleaning up waste, but also completing restoration projects such as painting, graffiti removal, non-native vegetation removal, mulching, trail restoration and weeding.

Coastal Cleanup Day was an opportunity for the community members to conserve in more ways than one. As part of the effort to boost zero-waste practices, I Love A Clean San Diego encouraged all volunteers to be more sustainable by choosing to bring reusable items to the cleanup such as reusable water bottles, work gloves and buckets. Volunteers had the opportunity to showcase their creativity and commitment to zero-waste practices by decorating reusable buckets to enter the Bling Your Bucket Contest for a chance to win prizes while celebrating sustainability.

Thank you Sponsors

I Love A Clean San Diego organizes Coastal Cleanup Day in San Diego County in partnership with the California Coastal Commission as part of a global international event led by the Ocean Conservancy. Top tier supporters of Coastal Cleanup Day include Think Blue San Diego, County of San Diego, San Diego Gas & Electric, Wells Fargo, Qualcomm Foundation, Cox, SolarTech and Evans Hotels.

Creek to Bay is Next Major Cleanup

Coastal Cleanup Day is one of two annual countywide cleanups, which includes the Creek to Bay cleanup on April 25, 2020, hosted by I Love A Clean San Diego that engage thousands of local families, community groups and local businesses. Beyond countywide events, I Love A Clean San Diego continues to empower volunteers at hundreds of cleanups targeting specific neighborhoods, parks, and open spaces on an ongoing basis throughout the year. In 2018, the nonprofit mobilized over 34,000 volunteers who removed more than 357,000 pounds of trash and debris from the San Diego County landscape. For more information about upcoming cleanups, workshops, or zero-waste tips, please visit CleanSD.org.

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