Fungus Fair at Point Reyes

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Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria)
Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria)

The Fourteenth Annual
Point Reyes National Seashore
Fungus Fair
Sunday, January 13, 2019

10 am to 4 pm
Fungi Collecting on Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Fungus Fair is an opportunity to learn about the fungi gathered by more than 100 volunteers who are helping to collect, identify, and catalog the species of mushrooms at the Point Reyes National Seashore. Amateur mycologists will be on hand to talk about mushrooms, their role in the environment, and more!

Fungi Collecting Foray

Volunteer citizen scientists are invited to gather at 10 am on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at the Bear Valley Visitor Center to collect fungi (rain or shine) for Sunday's Fungus Fair. Park visitors and local residents are welcome to participate! This is a collecting event for the fair, not a guided foray. Be prepared to learn, and be prepared to participate! Participants can then bring their finds to the Red Barn Classroom at 1 pm for identification.

For the 2017–2018 winter season, participants found dozens of species of fungi on Saturday, which were then displayed at the Bear Valley Visitor Center on Sunday. Since these scientific collecting forays began in 2005, the program has documented over 550 park species records, and several species new to science. In 2015, four new species—Tricholoma focale, Pleurotus dryinus, Pholiota aurivella, and Rhodocybe aureicystidiata—were found in the park for the first time.

Fungus Fair

During the Fourteenth Annual Fungus Fair on Sunday, January 13, 2019, mushrooms and fungus will be on display at the Bear Valley Visitor Center and visitors are invited to attend free lectures presented by area mycologists and to view informational displays about mushroom ecology in the park.

Presentations

The Schedule of Speakers for the Fourteenth Annual Fungus Fair has yet to be finalized, but the following talks were given during the Thirteenth Annual Fungus Fair:

  • 11 am "Chemical Ecology of the Death Cap Mushroom" by Cat Adams
  • 12:30 pm "Introduction to Wild and Edible Mushrooms" by David Rust
  • 2 pm "Zen and the Art of Mushroom Hunting" by Debbie Viess

Check back here in late October or November 2018 to download the Fourteenth Annual Fungus Fair Flyer. To get a glimpse of the activities and lectures offered at the December 2017 Fungus Fair, download the Thirteenth Annual Fungus Fair Flyer. (56 KB PDF)

Directions

For directions and a map to help you get to the Bear Valley Visitor Center, visit our Directions page.

Parking

To help reduce traffic congestion in the paved parking lot adjacent to the Bear Valley Visitor Center, please park your vehicle(s) in the gravel, trailhead/picnic area parking lot on the left (east) side of the access road close to the Bear Valley Trailhead. Parking is free. Download the Bear Valley Area Map (427 KB PDF), which shows the location of the trailhead parking lot relative to the Bear Valley Visitor Center.

More information...

Go to the Bay Area Mycological Society's (BAMS) web site or contact the Bay Area Mycological Society, David Rust, or Ben Becker for more details about the Point Reyes Fungus Fair. For more information about mushrooms at the Point Reyes National Seashore, visit our Mushrooms and other Fungi page.

Guidelines for Mushroom Collecting

There are specific legal guidelines for mushroom collecting. Please visit the Collecting section on the Park Regulations page.

Please note: employee housing as well as park administrative, maintenance, operations, and storage facilities, including, but not limited, to access roads, outbuildings, grounds, and docks, are closed to public use.

Mushroom Poisonings

No mushroom should be eaten unless it can first be positively identified as edible. Learning to identify mushrooms in their many guises takes time, and reliable resources. The best way to learn about mushrooms is through local field guides and mushroom societies. Visit the Bay Area Mycological Society's Mushroom Poisonings page for more information on identifying the three most deadly mushrooms in California.

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