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

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SOMA Monthly Meeting ONLINE

Presenter: Christian Schwarz
Topic: Mushroom Bioregions of The United States
Zoom Meeting Link   Meeting ID: 881 0697 2557 Passcode: SOMA
When & Where: 6:00pm PST ONLINE Only. Open to the public.

Biogeography is one of the most fascinating topics in all of natural history. The basic question is simple: Where do organisms live? But every subsequent question adds a new layer of complexity: Do they live there all the time? Why do they live there? Are there patterns that emerge when we look at groups of organisms? Are there strange discrepancies that don't fit the pattern? How small of an area can we map, and how finely?

In this talk, we'll explore broad bioregions of the United States from the perspective of mushrooms (which sometimes align with bioregions of plants and animals... but not always!). From the chilly and damp temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest to the subtropical hardwood hammocks of Florida; from the arid interior deserts to the alpine crest of the Rocky Mountains, we'll take a tour of some of the country's distinct macrofungal communities and ask ourselves questions about time, space, and evolution.

Christian Schwarz is a naturalist based in California, the land of milk (caps) and honey (mushrooms). He teaches Natural History of Fungi at UC Santa Cruz, and co-authored "Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast”. He now spends his time photographing, teaching about, collecting, and researching macrofungi. Fungi satisfy his curiosity with their seemingly endless forms; from the grotesque to the bizarre to the sublime. Besides dabbling in mushroom taxonomy, he loves fish, plants, nudibranchs, moths, and dragonflies. He is passionate about community science, especially iNaturalist. He is a Research Associate at the Norris Center for Natural History at UCSC as well as the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden.


This is the last meeting for the 2021/2022 season.
Meetings and forays restart in September 2022.


Summer Break

No meetings or forays for June, July, and August (due to no rain!)



SOMA In-Person General Meeting
at Laguna Foundation's Heron Hall

Presenter: TBD
Topic: Fungi for Bioremediation
Zoom Meeting Link   Meeting ID: 881 0697 2557 Passcode: SOMA
When & Where: 6:00pm PST at Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation
  900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Open to the public.

Bioremediation refers to cost-effective and environment-friendly method for converting the toxic, recalcitrant pollutants into environmentally benign products through the action of various biological treatments. Fungi play a major role in bioremediation owing to their robust morphology and diverse metabolic capacity.
For additional information: National Center for Biotechnology Article

2022 Wild Mushroom Forays at Salt Point State Park

Wild Mushroom Forays at Salt Point State Park

Cost: $20 for adults, children under 16 are free.

Day Use parking fee at Salt Point State Park is $8 per vehicle. When the Woodside ranger kiosk is not staffed, please use the Brown Metal Self Registration Box in front of the kiosk. Envelopes are provided.

Wild mushroom forays at Salt Point State Park will be monthly on Saturday folloing the meetings.
Next foray is Sept 17, 2022 (if it rains by then). Registration will open Sept 1st.

FunDiS Project

Find and document 20 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 has been 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 -

Zachary, Kimberly, Alan, Celestino and our group after the Cupulalpam Foray with our new friends, our Beniza'a guides... we found so many C. cornucopioides and C. tubaeformis, it was such an awsome day!



Oaxaca 9-day Event with Zach and Kim

July 16th-24th & July 30th-August 7th, 2022

Join the Fungivore (Zach) and the Travelling Trader (Kim) in Oaxaca

Over several trips to Oaxaca, we have cultivated a rich relationship with the people, culture, & cuisine that has culminated in this invitation to join local Zapotec guides, artisans, & experts for a hands-on, immersive window into this cradle of civilization.
After two extremely successful MycoTours to Oaxaca, Chef Zachary is moving to Mexico to immerse himself (AND YOU!!) in the culinary, psychedelic and mycological renaissance currently underway in Mexico!

These TWO trips are the updated and refined versions of the sold out 2021 trip to Dixza Farms and Weaving (pictured on the right is Dr. Samuel Bautista Lazo and his incredible mother Leanora from Dixza) to learn the ancient practices of one of the oldest and most established indigenous groups in North American, the Beniza'a (Nahuatl: Zapotec).

We will fully immerse ourselves in Oaxaca’s rich culture, cuisine & nature over 9 days & 8 nights as we forage, cook, & weave, craft and learn with local Zapotec teachers in verdant Sierra Norte highlands & explore the ancient history, epic cuisine, & indigenous artisanship of one of the cradles of civilization!




Telluride Mushroom Festival Event Overview

The Telluride Mushroom Festival is famous for its array of unique and lively events, including: Wild Food Dinner Experience, Mushroom Chefs’ Dinner, Entheogenic Gourd Circles, Open Mic Night, MycoLicious MycoLuscious MycoLogical Poetry Show and our Free Identification Tent. Our many special guests are happy to take you on a mycology adventure out into the forest!



NAMA Annual Foray!

Sept 29 - Oct 2, 2022
Trout Lodge near Potosi, Missouri

NAMA’s 2022 Annual Foray will be held at the Trout Lodge YMCA in Potosi, Missouri, a sister property to last year’s Snow Mountain Ranch in Colorado, located about 1 ½-2 hours from St Louis.

Forays will take place in the middle of the Mark Twain National Forest, with 1.5 million acres of public land, over 750 miles of trails and 350 miles of perennial streams.

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: Veterans Day weekend
MSSF Fungus Faire: December/January (TBD).

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 in December (TBD)

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.
Albion Field Station Saturday night potluck - December (TBD)
FFSC Fungus Fair - January (TBD)

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 Ford House, Mendocino - Nov 1 to Dec 31

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