Point Reyes Mushroom Identification
Point Reyes Field Institute
We will meet in the Red Barn Classroom (directions on following page). Class will begin promptly at 10:00 AM. We will start with a session on basic mushroom identification, have lunch, and then take a foray into the park to look for and collect mushrooms (in accordance with the legal limit.) Our day will end at around 4:00 pm. If it is too rainy to venture outside or has not been rainy enough to find many mushrooms, David will present an edible and poisonous mushroom slide show and offer other activities. There is never an end to what we can learn about mushrooms!
WHAT TO BRING
• A bag lunch, snacks, beverage and water for the day (we provide coffee and tea.)
• Comfortable walking shoes
• Warm, comfortable, variable weather clothing, including raingear, windbreaker, hat, scarf and gloves.
• Basket and wax bags for collecting mushrooms
• Pocket knife
• Handlens 10X (optional)
• Any mushroom field guides you may have. Recommended: All the Rain Promises and More and Mushrooms Demystified, both by David Arora. We will discuss using the identification keys in Mushrooms Demystified. If you do not own a copy, perhaps you could borrow one for the class.
• Camera gear (optional)
• Students are encouraged to bring in specimens for identification and discussion. When collecting specimens, be sure to get the entire stalk if possible and take notes about where it was found, including plants and trees in the area. Wax bags work well for holding mushrooms. Keep specimens separate.
DAVID CAMPBELL has been collecting, studying, eating, teaching and writing about wild mushrooms for over 40 years. He served more than a decade on council for the Mycological Society of San Francisco (MSSF), including 2 terms as president. Primarily focused on edible and poisonous mushrooms, he leads numerous fungal forays for MSSF and the Sonoma Mycological Association (SOMA). David is active with the San Francisco Poison Control Center for mushroom poisoning incident response in the greater Bay Area. He served as foray leader and event facilitator for several years at author David Arora’s annual mycological field seminars. An expert mycophagist (one who safely eats a wide variety of wild mushrooms) and experienced outdoor group foray leader, David Campbell is Foray Director for Wild About Mushrooms Company, guiding organized wild mushroom adventures, locally and afar. He also has his own company, MycoVentures, expanding his horizons to include ever further reaches; including fungal forays to Oregon and the Colorado Rockies, and truffle tours in Italy…