Noah Siegel presentation

Noah Siegel What Now? Name Changes in the DNA Age

Title: What Now? Name Changes in the DNA Age

Date: Sunday, Feb. 27th at 6:30 pm (Eastern Time)

Description: Mushroom name changes seem to be happening at a rapid pace these days. We will explore why this is happening, and what we can do to keep up with an ever changing world. Noah has spent two decades seeking, photographing, identifying, and furthering his knowledge about all aspects of fungi. He has hunted mushrooms throughout the United States and Canada, as well as New Zealand and Australia. his photos have been on the covers and in articles of many journals, books, and websites. He is an active member of the Humboldt Bay Mycological Society and the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz. He travels and lectures extensively across America, following the mushrooms.

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MMA’s Winter Seminars Are Beginning!

Presenter: Kevin T. Smith, Ph.D.

Presentation Title: Fungal Identity and Conflict in Spalted Wood

Date: Sunday, Jan. 23rd at 6:30 pm

Description: For 45 years as a student and scientist, Kevin has studied the activity and value of wood decay fungi, particularly in living trees and healthy forests. A Portland, ME resident, he is continually amazed by the rich fungal community, even in wintertime Maine. Kevin is a Supervisory Plant Physiologist with the USDA Forest Service in Durham, NH. For many mushroom enthusiasts, questions of fungal identity drive decisions to forage food and medicine or to assess risk of damage to lawns and landscape trees. For some artisanal woodworkers, specific fungal interactions result in zone lines and other wood discolorations (collectively known as spalting) that enhance the character and economic value of a wooden object. This presentation will focus on the concept of self versus non-self recognition for common, local wood decay fungi and how that results in spalted wood. 

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Hello Summer. 2021 Foray Schedule

It’s been a long haul, hasn’t it?

Here is the tentative schedule for forays. Please note, the way events are conducted has changed. You must be a member to participate. Foray and other event details are being communicated by email to members and will not be posted on line. There will also be a pre-registration process for forays, so you can’t just show up on a whim. Spontaneity has taken a hit during the pandemic. Please read your MMA emails carefully for instructions. Our hard working myco-volunteers and generous landowners appreciate your understanding of a more disciplined process going forward.

We hope this list helps you plan your summer and fall and prompts you to monitor your email for newsletters and updates about events. Now, we just need more rain…–Mary Yurlina

Real world, in person forays (tentative)

July 24, Saturday, 9:30, Gardiner

August 22, Sunday, 10:00, Waldoboro

Sept. 11, Saturday, 10:00, Monson

Sept. 25, Saturday, 10:00, Cumberland

Oct. 2, Saturday, Lubec

Oct. 16, Saturday, South China

Oct. 31, Sunday, Freeport

On screen, virtual forays. Links will be sent by email.

Friday July 25 6:30 pm

Sunday August 29 6:30 pm