Events Calendar

Upcoming events sponsored by the Sonoma County Mycological Association (SOMA) and other mycology groups.

First Wednesday of Each Month

SOMA Board Meetings. SOMA Board meetings are open to attendance by current SOMA club members. For time and location contact President Justin Reyes .

2021 SOMA Monthly Meetings Online using Zoom


Watch Past SOMA Meetings on Facebook/SOMAmushrooms.org


Nov

18

SOMA Monthly Meeting ONLINE

Speakers: Kem Luther & Andy MacKinnon
Authors of Mushrooms of British Columbia
Open to the public.
When & Where: 6:00pm PST ONLINE Only
Zoom Link: CLICK TO JOIN
Zoom Meeting ID: 881 0697 2557, Passcode: SOMA

Andy MacKinnon: Andy’s recent research interests include ecology of BC’s ectomycorrhizal fungal species. He was lead BC scientist for Environment Canada’s 2017 ranking of the province’s threatened and endangered fungal species. Andy has taught rainforest ecology field courses in Bamfield and Tofino (for the University of Victoria) and Haida Gwaii (for UBC). He has also taught mushroom identification courses in Tofino (for the Rainforest Education Society) and in Victoria. He is co-author of six best-selling books about plants of western North America and co-author of the Royal BC Museum Handbook Mushrooms of British Columbia. He is past-president of the South Vancouver Island Mycological Society (SVIMS).

Kem Luther: Kem is a naturalist and writer. He grew up in the Nebraska Sandhills, studied at Cornell, the University of Chicago, and the University of Toronto, and taught at Eastern Mennonite University, Sheridan College, York University, and the University of Toronto. When he moved from a home on Ontario’s Grand River to the southern tip of Vancouver Island in 2004, he developed an abiding passion to know the mushrooms of western North America. Besides Mushrooms of British Columbia, Kem is the author of six books, including Boundary Layer (Oregon State University Press, 2016). He has been secretary and speaker coordinator for the South Vancouver Island Mycological Society (SVIMS).

Kem and Andy, who both live in Metchosin, BC, are cofounders of the Metchosin Biodiversity Project (metchosinbiodiversity.com). They are both enthusiastic participants, speakers, and field trip leaders for various mushroom festivals in southwestern BC each autumn.


Nov

20

Wild Mushroom Foray

Salt Point State Park - Meet at Woodside Day Use area at 9:45am

FORAY IS FULL. Waitlist. We try to limit to 60 people or so.
Masks required when gathered at start and end of event. Vaccination required, except for children under 12 (for now).


Dec

18

Wild Mushroom Foray

Salt Point State Park - Meet at Woodside Day Use area at 9:45am

FORAY IS FULL. Waitlist. We try to limit to 60 people or so.
Masks required when gathered at start and end of event. Vaccination required, except for children under 12 (for now).


Dec

18

SOMA Holiday Dinner - scholarship fundraiser

Time : Appetizers will be served at 5:30
Where: Sebastopol Masonic Hall, 373 North Main St. Sebastopol
Cost: $30 per person

Things to know: Only vaccinated folks are able to attend this event. Please send a photo of both sides of each member of your party’s vaccination card to : Proof of vacination for every attendee must be received by Friday, December 10th!
To register for the Holiday Dinner please visit :
Menu

Chicken l’orange chicken breast quarters and thighs cooked in an orange-sherry sauce with onions and mushrooms Vegan option – Portobello Mushroom Cap l'orange Festive Mix of Wild & Brown Rice with dried figs and pecans Roasted Root Vegetables and Squash an assortment of root vegetables and squash finished with Dijon mustard and sautéed beet greens Winter Green Salad with persimmons and pomegranate Crab Stuffed Mushroom Caps

2021/2022 Wild Mushroom Forays

 

Wild Mushroom Forays at Salt Point State Park

Pot-Luck Saturday Forays will resume on the Saturdays following the general meetings.
Bring a dish to share. SOMA will provide a hot main dish (mushroom-based, of course!).

Cost: FREE for SOMA members, or $20 for non-members


Update: Sept 18 and Oct 23 forays cancelled due to lack of rain.

Signup for next foray - Saturday Oct 23, Salt Point State Park, Woodside Day Use Area, 9:45am

2021 foray dates: Nov 20, Dec 18
2022 foray dates: Feb 19, Mar 19, Apr 23, May 21 (if it rains)

Small-Group forays

SOMA will continue to offer small-group forays on private lands around Sonoma County.
Dates not set yet.
* Sonoma - near Jack London State Park
* Furlong Rd - West of Sebastopol
* Bohemia Preserve - North of Occidental
* Other sites in consideration: Riddell Preserve in Healdsburg, Westminster Woods, Sea Ranch, Jackson State Forest.



2022 SOMA Wild Mushroom Camp

Jan

14-17

SOMA CAMP 2022
will be held on MLK weekend January 14-17, 2022

New!  Friday Pre-Camp  forays and Fiber Arts classes!

Donations for silent auction needed - contact campinfo@somamushrooms.org
SOMA Camp 2022 has a new THEME of "Community Science".

Registration is full, but you can go on the waitlist

Saturday night keynote presentation will be a panel of top-notch mycophiles who are leaders in Community Science: Christian Schwarz, Thea Chesney, Alan Rockefeller, Damon Tighe, Harte Singer, and Gabriella D'Elia

2022 Presenters (so far):

Paul Stamets - Fantastic Fungi movie, and 6 books on Fungi

Doug Bierend - author In Search of Mycotopia

Langdon Cook - author of 3 books including The Mushroom Hunters

Trent and Kristen Blizzard - Modern Forager, author Wild Mushrooms Cookbook

William Padilla Brown - Mycosymbiotics

Wyatt Bryson - Jewels of the Forest

Gordon Walker - Fascinated By Fungi

Mike Wood - author California Mushrooms

Brian Perry - Microscopy Lab

Zach Mazi - The Food Bender

Else Vellinga & Joanne Schwartz - FunDiS.org

Autumn summers - California School of Herbal Studies

David Campbell - Mycoventures

Chef John Ash - The Good Food Hour

Cat Adams, David Garrett & Ken Litchfield - MSSF

Fiber Arts Presenters: Alisa Allan, Dorothy Beebee, Melanie Perkins, Gayle Still, Tina Wistrom, Marilyn Hornor, Judy Christensen, Sharon Eisley, Marilyn Buss, Liz Hymans, Melissa Jaffray, Cheshire Mayrsohn, Sandra Patton, Sierra Marinos

Shitake Log Workshop, Oyster Bag Workshop

Forays locations:

Sonoma (600 acre private estate)

Salt Point State Park,

Pt. Reyes National Park,

Bohemia Preserve,
Sone Preserve,

Westminster Woods,

Camp 2022 will be twice the fun!!





West Coast Rare 10 Challenge

Find and document ten rare and potentially threatened fungi on the West Coast. Scientists and conservationists need more data on these fungi. Your high quality observations can make a difference!

Join the iNaturalist Project or the Mushroom Observer project and share your observations there. This project will be extended to cover 20 species for 3-5 years. Review the pilot project assessment.
Bi-monthly Newsletter Funga Decoded. Join the mailing list.


Events From Around the Fungal Kingdom -


Mycological Society of San Francisco

Links: Calendar - Annual Membership is $20
Meetings: Third Tuesday of each month from September thru May
Events: Mendocino Woodlands Camp Foray: unknown
Fungus Faire: January 23, 2022 at Orinda Community Center.




Mycological Society of Marin

Links: News - Foraging Calendar - Annual Basic Membership is $40
Meetings: Third Wednesday of each month from September thru May
New website! Foraging events and meeting will be scheduled soon.
“WILD IN MARIN” Fungus Festival - No news yet on 2022




Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz

Links: Events Overview - Annual Membership is $20
Meetings: Third Wednesday of each month from September thru May
Events: Alaska Foray - Probably August 2022.
Albion Field Station Saturday night potluck - December, Cancelled we think
FFSC Fungus Fair - Jan 7-9, 2022 but might be cancelled (not sure)




Mendocino Coast Mushroom Club

Links: Calendar - Annual household Membership is $20
Meetings: Second Tuesday of each month from September thru May
Events: Mushroom ID for beginners - Virtual Lecture & Field ID Walk, usually Mid-December
Wild Mushroom Exhibit at the Ford House in Mendocino - usually mid-December




Humboldt Bay Mycological Society

Links: Calendar - Annual family Membership is $20
Meetings: Third Wednesday of each month from September thru May
Events: Annual Mushroom Fair online: A 5-part Webinar Series with Maria Morrow and Christian Schwarz Tuesdays 10/19 to 11/16, 7:00-8:30pm PT with Q&A to follow




Oregon Mycological Society

Links: Calendar - Annual family Membership is $35
Meetings: Second Monday of every month except July and December
Events: OMS Fall Mushroom Show — Cancelled
International Fungi & Fibre Symposium 2020 - Cancelled