You can see some pictures from this years foray here.
Guided morning walks and self-guided afternoon mushroom walks; Mushroom Walks will be conducted in North Park and in other woodlands nearby Lectures: guest speakers: Gary Lincoff, Frank Lotrich (Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club) & John Wheeler (Berkshire Mushroom Club); cooking demonstration by Jeff Berkowitz; Mushroom Feast; merchandise sales and silent auction.
Featured speaker is Gary Lincoff, author of the Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. Gary, Past-president of the North American Mycological Association (NAMA), is the nation’s best-known mushroom expert. He is a charismatic and entertaining speaker and makes learning about mushrooms fun and interesting. His end-of-the-day table-walk discussions are not to be missed. Mushroom identification will be led by John Plischke III (Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club). Dr. Rodham E. Tulloss will be advising on Amanita identification and annotation for DNA barcoding.
Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club cooks will prepare a Mushroom Feast with dozens of unique mushroom dishes to delight your taste buds.
|Gary Lincoff is again the Principal Mycologist at the Mid-Atlantic Mushroom Foray. Gary wrote the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. It is one of the biggest selling mushroom books of all time. Gary has recently published a book, The Complete Mushroom Hunter, An Illustrated Guide to Finding, Harvesting, and Enjoying Wild Mushrooms. Gary’s insights about edible and poisonous mushrooms, picking urban mushrooms, mushroom recipes, and his experiences with wild mushrooms in various cultures around the world make it a delightful read. Gary has his own website that includes much help for beginners, info on toxicity, and scientific articles on DNA classification of mushrooms.
Gary is a past-president of the North American Mycological Association and chairs the awards program for that organization. He is in high demand as a speaker for mushroom organizations all over North America. He has traveled the world studying mushrooms and their relationships with the local culture. We are extremely fortunate to have him come to our foray for the thirteenth time.
|Dr. Frank Lotrich is the club’s Toxicology Chair. He is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UPMC where he is an active psychopharmacology researcher examining the interacting roles of genetics and inflammation. He received both his MD and PhD in Oregon, where he also acquired his fascination with mushrooms. He has given several enjoyable presentations at WPMC monthly meetings. Frank will speak on “Fungi: Toxins and Therapies.” He will provide a broad overview of various toxins and therapeutic compounds that can be found in fungi showing both the beneficial and harmful effects they produce.|
|John Wheeler has been a passionate amateur mycologist since his introduction to wild mushrooms in 1988. A founding member of The Berkshire Mycological Society located in western Massachusetts in 2000. John has been offering classes on local wild fungi throughout the growing season. He has assisted Prof. Don Roeder in his Mycology classes at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrinton, MA for many years. He has served as local mycologist for the 3 years of the Berkshire BioBlitz. Besides yearly workshops at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, John has given presentations at the Bascom Lodge atop Mount Greylock, the Hilltop Arboretum in Tannersville NY, the Springside Arboretum in Pittsfield MA, The Fitchburg Museum, several local garden clubs and local foraging workshops.|
|John Plischke III is a Life Member of WPMC. John has been a speaker and identifier for numerous mushroom clubs across the US and Canada. He is the author of Morel Mushrooms and Their Poisonous Look-Alikes and Good Mushroom, Bad Mushroom. He is the recipient of more than 80 national and regional awards for his mushroom photography and is Chair of NAMA’s Photography Committee. He is Chairman of the Fungus Section of the PA Biological Survey. John will lead a morning walk at the foray. However, his most valuable job will take place when he leads the guest mycologist, club mycologists, and identifiers in placing names on all the mushrooms found on the walks. This is a mammoth job; we expect to have about 200 different species brought in for identification.|
|Dr. Rodham E. Tulloss is a “citizen scientist” who has spent most of the last 35 years in an extended study of the family Amanitaceae. In mycology, he was mentored by Dr. Cornelis Bas (University of Leiden and National Herbarium Netherlands), who transformed the study of Amanita and is credited with the founding of the “Dutch School” of mycology, which emphasized, among other things, well-defined methodology and increased use of numerical data in mycology. Tulloss has published widely on Amanita on his own and with numerous co-authors relating to morphological taxonomy, biogeography, phylogeography, phylogenetics, ecology, and biology. His methods of work and his sharing of data as he collects and analyzes information are illustrated by his websites, which originated in the late 1990s. The present version of the “Studies in Amanitaceae” site went on-line in September 2009 and is co-edited by Dr Zhuliang Yang (Exec. Dir., Key Laboratory of Biodiversity and Biogeography, Kunming Institute of Botany, China).|
WALK #1 NORTH PARK—BLACK ROCK
North Park consists of over 3000 acres. This area has mixed woods and is loaded with large oak trees. When conditions are right, it can produce a large variety of edible and unusual mushrooms.
WALK #2 NORTH PARK – ENTRANCE
North Park consists of 3010 acres of extensive recreational facilities and a full system of trails. It is a walk near the intersection of Wildwood Road and Babcock Boulevard, a little steeper, but not too strenuous. When scouting the area we found lots of mushrooms. Mixed woods.
WALK #3 NORTH PARK – DEVIL’S ELBOW
A fairly easy walk. This is an area with mixed woods and large oaks. There are sections of pine. Weather permitting the area abounds with mushrooms.
WALK #4 HAMPTON - IRMA COST
A stream cuts through two hillsides with flats on the tops of either side. The area is interesting both as to the way it is laid out and to the diversity of mushrooms that can be found.
WALK #5 HARTWOOD ACRES
Hartwood Acres consists of 629 acres. This was part of a large estate with a beautiful formal mansion in the center. The area is mostly wooded with a few open areas. Although it is a mixed woods, there is an abundance of large oaks. There are also stands of conifers.
WALK #6 NORTH PARK–IOWA
North Park consists of 3010 acres of extensive recreational facilities and a full system of trails. This area is a fairly large flat top with everything from 2-inch caliber trees to very large oaks and a stand of pine. Definitely very mixed woods. For the more adventurous you can drop down over the hill and have lots of other places to hunt.
AFTERNOON SELF GUIDED WALK
WALK #7 NORTH PARK—ROSE BARN
This walk is unique because a car is not needed. It starts behind our main foray location and wanders through a variety of nearby mixed woods. It is over relatively easy terrain which can be explored leisurely. Just follow the direction provided.
|Jeff Berkowitz CEC has been an Executive Chef for 25 years with experience in restaurants, country clubs and food manufacturing. After studying nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, Jeff uses his knowledge of food to improve the health of his clients as a Certified Holistic Health Coach. Always curious about the world of food, Jeff developed his love of wild mushrooms when he discovered morels growing in his back yard.|
|Registration:||7:30 – 8:15 am|
|Set up (everybody helps)||7:30 – 8:15 am|
|Welcome & Organizing:||8:30 – 9:00 am|
|Mushroom Walks:||9:00 am – 12:00 pm|
|Lunch (on your own):||12:00 – 1:00 pm|
|Sales Table Open||12:30 – 1:00 pm|
|Guest Speakers:||1:00 – 4:00 pm|
|Gary Lincoff, East vs West: Why Some People in Asia Disdain Our Favorite Mushrooms, and We Theirs||1:05 – 2:00 pm|
|Jeff Berkowitz, Cooking demonstration||2:05 – 3:00 pm|
|John Wheeler, Berkshire Wild Mushrooms||2:00 – 3:00 pm|
|Frank Lotrich, Fungi: Toxins and Therapies
||3:00 – 4:00 pm|
|Sales Table Open||4:00 – 5:00 pm|
|Ticket Sales for Chinese Auction End Winning tickets drawn at 4:15||4:00 pm|
|WPMC famous mushroom feast: Thanks to Co-Chairs Valerie Baker & Shirley Caseman
||4:30 – 6:00 pm|
|Mushroom Identification: Garry Lincoff Table Walk
||6:00 – 6:45 pm|
|Clean-Up: (everybody helps)
||7:00 – 7:30 pm|
|After Party at Grazie’s Restaurant
Sales table open at 12:30 to 1pm and 4 to 5pm. Ticket sales for Chinese Auction end at 4pm nd winning tickets drawn at 4:15pm.
Rose Barn – Allegheny County’s North Park Pearce Mill Road
Allison Park, PA 15101
From 7:45pm at Grazie Restaurant, about 4.5 miles from Rose Barn.