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Mushroom varieties on display at fall shows, events

Oct 4th, 2014 | Category: Growing

Visitors can speak with experts, bring samples for identification

A collection of fall mushrooms. PHOTO BY ALEX WINSTEAD

A collection of fall mushrooms. PHOTO BY ALEX WINSTEAD

BELLINGHAM / EVERETT – Mushrooms Our northwest woods are full of them this time of year, and this month will be full of shows about them. Hundreds of mushrooms will be available for viewing at indoor shows, offering residents and visitors a chance to learn more about what’s edible, what’s medicinal, what’s poisonous and why it is what it is.

One of the many mushroom displays at the Northwest Mushroomers Association show last year. PHOTO BY RICHARD STICKEL

One of the many mushroom displays at the Northwest Mushroomers Association show last year. PHOTO BY RICHARD STICKEL

Bellingham’s Wild Mushroom Show: Sponsored by Northwest Mushroomers Association, this show takes place Sunday, Oct. 19. Pacific Northwest forests and fields are filled with thousands of different kinds of mushrooms and participants can experience hundreds of them at this family-friendly event. Displays of locally collected mushrooms, identification information, talks, presentations and more will be available from noon to 5 p.m. at the Bloedel Donovan Community Building, 2214 Electric Ave. in Bellingham. Admission is $5 per adult, $3 per student/senior, and free for children under 12. For show information or to volunteer at the event, contact Maggie at (360) 724-3158, or visit www.northwestmushroomers.org.

Snohomish County Mycological Society Mushroom Show: The Snohomish County Mycological Society in cooperation with Everett Parks & Recreation offer this annual show on Sunday, Oct. 26. More than 100 different types of mushrooms will be on display. Visitors can meet with vendors, attend lectures and watch demonstrations, as well as bring their own discoveries for possible identification by an expert. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Floral Hall at Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd. in Everett. For more information, visit www.scmsfungi.org.

Beauty of Berthusen: A Mushroom Sanctuary: The Everson Library hosts a DVD presentation with Sommers and Stewart of the amazing variety of mushrooms and other treasures growing at the park on Saturday, Oct. 11. The show includes photography, plant identification and background music, and is open to all ages from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at 104 Kirsch Drive. Call (360) 305-3600 for more information.

Walk and Talk with Fungi: The Whidbey Camano Land Trust  hosts an event at Whidbey Institute with Ida Gianopulos from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11. For more information see www.wclt.org.

Family Field Trip: The Fungus Among Us! Join Wild Whatcom Walks and mycologist (and lichen expert) Dr. Fred Rhoades for a morning of exploring the forest in search of fungus and mushroom identification on Sunday, Oct. 5 at  North Lake Whatcom Park/Ken Hertz trail from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $10 per person. Participants should bring a basket for collecting mushrooms, a water bottle and a snack. Registration required at wildwhatcom.org/register/.

–Becca Schwarz Cole

 

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