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10th Annual Point Reyes National Seashore Fungus Fair

January 3, 2015 - Collecting Foray | Red Barn, Bear Valley

Join us for a collecting foray 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. We'll meet in front of the Visitor Center parking lot to organize. Bring collections to the Red Barn starting at 1:00 pm for identification. Contact David Rust 510.468.5014 for more details.

January 4, 2015 - Fungus Fair | Bear Valley Visitor Center

Join us for the 10th annual Point Reyes National Seashore Fungus Fair. Attend free lectures in the Bear Valley Visitor Center Auditorium. Learn about fungi and their role in the many Point Reyes habitats, from grasslands to redwoods. See the remarkable colors and shapes of wild mushrooms collected in the park. Be sure to see the mushroom display tables in back of the Visitor Center.

Speaker schedule

Dr. Tom Bruns
Forest Fires and Fungi: Losers, Winners
and Strategies

Dorothy Beebee
The Art and History of Mushroom Dyes
Debbie Viess
Zen and the Art of Mushroom Hunting

Sponsored by Point Reyes National Seashore and Bay Area Mycological Society! Contact David Rust 510.468.5014 for more details.

Mushrooms in the Garden

Workshop | January 17, 2015| 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Join local naturalist and mycologist Debbie Viess, Co-Founder of the Bay Area Mycological Society, for a fun talk on local mushrooms that occur in our Bay Area woods, lawns and yes, even gardens. Beautiful photos, stories and plenty of easy to digest science will be value added. After this indoor preview of the world of fungi, we will walk the beautiful UC Botanical Garden and see just who has made themselves at home. Fungus are everywhere we wanna be!

Registration cost: $25 General public; $20 Garden members.
Registration info: register online, or contact, 510-642-7082.

BAMS General Meeting

Alan Rockefeller: Mushrooms of Mexico
UC Berkeley, 338 Koshland Hall
Wednesday, January 21, 2015| 7:30 — 9:30 pm

Alan Rockefeller

Alan Rockefeller is a mycologist and photographer specializing in mushroom identification and taxonomy.

Alan has been collecting mushrooms for ten years, and has traveled to Mexico to collect mushrooms for the past 8 years. Alan is a network security expert who has a mushroom DNA lab in Berkeley and posts all of his mushroom photographs on When he is not hunting mushrooms Alan spends his time looking at mushrooms under the microscope, soldering electronics, hacking unix and sequencing mushroom DNA.

Doors open at 7:30. Meeting starts promptly at 8:00.


Mountain View Public Library

Debbie Viess: Zen and the Art of Mushroom Hunting

Saturday, January 24, 2015 | 11:30 am

Debbie Viess

Local amateur mycologist and co-founder of the Bay Area Mycological Society, Debbie Viess, will share her fascination with the wonderful world of fungi: how and where to find them, and why it is so much fun, as well as scientifically important to study and collect them!

Debbie will provide beautiful and interesting photos of her fungal friends, and tell many stories of her fungal exploits. Come have some fun with fungus! Registration appreciated but not required. Before the event, submit YOUR OWN PHOTOS of local mushrooms (three photos or less) to for display in the library and online. Include your name and the neighborhood where you found the mushroom.

Talk will be held in the Mountain View Library Community Room. For more information, contact: Julie Jackson, 650-903-6337


Sycamore Grove Mushroom Foray

Sunday, February 1, 2015 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Sycamore Grove/Veterans Park | Livermore, California

Join ranger Amy Wolitzer and BAMS' Debbie Veiss for the annual Mushroom Madness event at 1:00 pm. Meet at Sycamore Grove/Veterans Park 5211 Arroyo Rd, Livermore, CA 94550. Follow this link to see a report on our 2011 event. For more information, contact Debbie Viess at 510.430.9353.