Date(s) - 09/19/2021
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
We want all of our members to stay healthy, and we prefer not to cancel any WPMC events. Therefore, we request that only people who are vaccinated attend this year’s Gary Lincoff Foray. We will record the speaker portions of the Foray for those who are unvaccinated or prefer to stay home.
Some of the morning activities at the Lincoff Foray occur outdoors, but the afternoon portions occur indoors. Because it is not possible to socially distance inside the Rose Barn, WPMC will require all attendees to wear a mask while indoors at the Lincoff Foray.
Members who are unwilling or unable to comply may request a refund.
- 9:00 am Introduction to Mushroom Identification
- 10:30am Mushroom Photography for ID and clarity
- 12pm lunch
- 1pm 10 Common Boletes in Our area
- 2:30pm Introduction to microscopy – spores, squash mounts and stains
- 4pm Finish and clean up.
Introduction to Mushroom Identification
To become skilled in mushroom identification, one needs the following things: time, patience, attention to detail, and the ability and willingness to navigate the jargon-filled websites and field guides in which known species can be found. Join WPMC President and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Naturalist Educator Stephen Bucklin in an introduction to the incredible diversity of fungi found in Western Pennsylvania. We’ll review morphological groupings, mycological terminology, and resources to help you better know the mushrooms found in western Pennsylvania and beyond.
Mushroom Photography for ID and clarity
With the variety of fungus in the world, their different shapes, sizes, and qualities, photographing them can be quite a challenge. This is especially difficult if you are trying photograph them for identification purposes. If you want to present good photos for identification, you may wonder what parts to I need to photograph? This course will teach you what you need to focus on for presenting, and documenting mushrooms. I will help guide you on what to focus on for different species. I will show you inexpensive methods to provide optimal ID photos with your phone or DSLR. Don’t have a fancy expensive camera? No problem, we can still work with what you have.
10 Common Boletes in Our area
Everyone knows that boletes are particularly delicious – and often frustrating because they are so hard to get to species. This talk will tell you all you need to know in order to identify 10 good edibles that are common in SW Pennsylvania. Plus a bonus pair of bitter boletes to bring things up to a nice, round dozen. Bring your notepads, and any samples you would like to share or discuss.
Introduction to microscopy – spores, squash mounts and stains
Before DNA barcoding came of age one of the major tools in a mycologist’s toolbox was the microscope. Academic publications on new species often contain extensive microscopic descriptions of the spores and other features in the fruiting body. As you become more interested in mushrooms you will start to find that you need to look at some of these characteristics in order to identify and/or differentiate one species from other similar looking species. This lecture will cover the basics of purchasing and using a microscope for the analysis of fungi. Two simple sample preparation methods will be taught, spore collection and squash mounts, as well as use of a few important stains.
There is a small charge for the event, $20, that covers room rental and the chemical test kits etc. Bring your own lunch! If you want to go beyond foraging for easy to identify species, then Science Sunday has you covered.
Note that there is a detour in place around the Rose Barn area and you can not access the site from the eastern end of Peace Mill Rd:
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