{news} State of the World’s Fungi 2018

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The first ever report on the state of the world’s fungi has just been published by Kew Gardens and it’s a lush 92-page report, filled with factoids, figures, and yes, gorgeous photos.  You should check it out.

Get the complete PDF report here (may be slow to load):



Or, select bits and pieces of it here:




{obs} Drought

Well, I guess we could have paid better attention to this map, or to the dust beneath our feet.  It’s been dry in the midcoast and it showed at our foray at Dodge Point in Newcastle.

U.S. Drought Monitor - Maine


(source: https://www.drought.gov/drought/states/maine)

But give 20 people an hour to find mushrooms in the woods and we’ll turn up something.  Thank you Cheryl and Dusty for interpretation at the table.  Lots of good information.


Dogs had a nice time and we learned about spore prints and making art with spores (thanks, Don!).


{news} Coffee can mushroom cultivation

MMA Member Mike McNally tells us how.

If you missed the excellent presentation this past winter by Mike at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, you’re in luck now.  Aislinn Sarnacki of the Bangor Daily News wrote about Mike and his simple culturing method in a Bangor Daily News article in July.  Click here to read the article.

Mike McNally photo.