On the third Tuesday of each month from September thru May, the Mycological Society of San Francisco has a General Meeting at the County Fair Building. Note: All regular General Meetings are open to the public. The highlight of each meeting is a speaker with slides on some aspect of mycology and mushrooming: ecology, taxonomy, mycophagy, sociology, etc. Before each meeting members bring collections which are put on display and identified. Refreshments are served before the meeting. Doors open and identification starts at 7 pm and the meeting starts at 8 pm. (The December meeting is replaced by a dinner at a different location.)
Daniel Winkler: "The best Mushroaming Photos"
Daniel is the author of field guides to Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest and California (both Harbour Publishing, 2011 and 2012) and Amazon Mushrooms with Larry Evans (2014). He grew up collecting and eating wild mushrooms in the Alps and has been foraging since 20 years in the PNW and working as mushroom educator and guide. Daniel trained as a geographer and ecologist and works as researcher and NGO consultant on environmental issues of the Tibetan Plateau and Himalayas. Working in Tibet, Daniel realized that Tibet's diverse mushroom industry plays a crucial role in rural Tibet and thus has been researching Tibet's ethno-mycology for 20 years. With his travel agency MushRoaming LLC he is annually organizing and leading several mushroom focused eco-adventures to Tibet, China, the Amazon, Colombia, the Austrian Alps and the Pacific Northwest.
Britt Bunyard: "NAMA foray in Wisconsin,September 2017"
Britt Bunyard is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal Fungi. Britt has worked academically (and played very amateurishly) as a mycologist his entire career, writing scientifically for many research journals, popular science magazines, and books, most recently Mushrooms and Macrofungi of Ohio and Midwestern States (2012) by The Ohio State University Press. He has served as an editor for mycological and entomological research journals, and mushroom guide books. A popular evangelizer on all things fungal, Britt has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, National Geographic Magazine, PBS’s NOVA television program, and in 2016 was made Executive Director of the Telluride Mushroom Festival. He is the co-editor of MycoEpithalamia: Mushroom Wedding Poems (The FUNGI Press, 2016).
Larry Evans: "Multiple ecological roles that fungi play"
Larry Evans has done many, many things in his life. Early in his life he was taught by Dr. Paul Shildneck and Mycologist Orson K. Miller. He has formed groups, one of which is the Western Montana Mycological Association, "WMMA" He has worked for the US Forest Service, worked as a roofer, opened a restaurant, written books and hitch hiked a bit. The list goes on. He has lived in Japan, Seoul, South Korea and has spent a lot of time in South America. He has picked many a morel, taught many classes and has spoken to many groups. He has been referred to as the Indiana Jones of Mushrooms. He was also featured in a film by Ron Mann, "Know Your Mushrooms".