Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 - 7:30pm
PSMS Monthly Meeting - Daniel Winkler
Colombia's Mushroom Magic
Based on three visits to Colombia in the search for outstanding mushrooms accompanied by Colombian mycologist Dr. Tatiana Sanjuan.
Slowly peace is coming to this formerly troubled nation. Located at the intersection of Andes, Amazon, and Central America,
surrounded by Pacific and the Caribbean. Colombia boasts an incredible biodiversity with a very rich and diverse funga.
Lowland tropical rain forests are endowed with strange insect-parasitizing Cordyceps and exotic Xylaria species and colorful Marasmius.
In the mountain cloud forest massive Andean oaks are associated with a range of chanterelles, boletes, Amanita etc, many of these
having their southernmost distribution here. High up in the Paramo fungal diversity is reduced, but Dr. Seuss-like plant life is mind boggling.
Before the Colombia talk Daniel will talk about the current availability of mushrooms in our area and share a few images of what to look for.
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 Pacific Northwest and is volunteering for PSMS as mushroom educator and Vice-President. Daniel trained as a geographer and ecologist and
worked on environmental issues of the Tibetan Plateau. Working in Tibet, he realized that Tibet's diverse mushroom industry, especially Cordyceps
sinensis, plays a crucial role in rural Tibet and thus has been researching Tibet's ethno-mycology for over 15 years. He has published over a dozen
scientific papers on Tibet's ecology and ethno-mycology and is a regular contributor to magazines such as Fungi, Mushroom the Journal, etc.
In recent years many articles integrated his prize-winning photos taken during his vast travels. Through his travel agency "MushRoaming" he is
organizing mushroom focused eco-tours to Tibet, the Amazon, Colombia, the Alps and the Pacific Northwest. He maintains and continuously adds to
his www.Mushroaming.com web page.