• Foraging for Fungi in Your Backyard

    Make friends with your local fungi! Want to learn more about the incredible fungi who call Pittsburgh home? Join Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club Identifier Stephen Bucklin for a presentation where he shares information on the numerous roles fungi… Read More

  • Boletes with Scott Pavelle

    We faced some unexpected technical challenges with the streaming for this meeting and could not link the stream to the published URL. Our apologies to all those that tuned in but missed the show. The clubs bolete specialist… Read More

  • Observation of Behavioral Interactions Between Forest Fauna and the Cracked Cap Polypore Using iNaturalist Data

    A presentation from July’s 2020 online meeting on the Observation of Behavioral Interactions Between Forest Fauna and the Cracked Cap Polypore Using iNaturalist Data by Daniel Gillies. Observation of Behavioral Interactions Between Forest Fauna and the Cracked Cap… Read More

  • Slime Molds by La Monte Yarroll

    A presentation from July’s 2020 online meeting on Slime Molds by La Monte Yarroll.

  • Polypores and Crusts by Judy Mackenroth

    A presentation from July’s 2020 online meeting on Polypores and Crusts by Judy Mackenroth.

  • June meeting online – Looking for Summer FUNgi

    WPMC identifier and board member Fluff Berger presents “Looking for Summer FUNgi”. Summer brings out some of the most unusual, colorful and delicious fungi. Slow down while hiking and keep your eyes roving to find these beautiful mushrooms.

  • May meeting online: Heavy Metal Contamination in Edible Mushrooms

    On May 19th we held our first online meeting. Rather than the traditional cultivation night which we were not able to host due to meeting restrictions we had a talk on a new project: Heavy Metal Contamination in… Read More

  • EarthWeek: Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club Talk – Live on 7pm 21st April

    This was recorded live at 7pm April 21st as part of the Carnegie Science Center Something to WATCH: For our #EarthWeek Toadstool Tuesday finale, Richard Jacob – a scientist, amateur mycologist, and past president of the Western Pennsylvania… Read More

  • March 2020 meeting

    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we were not able to hold our first meeting of the year. However, we don’t want you to miss out and we are now making both presentations available here. We already know… Read More

  • Can I eat that? Also known as the edible mushroom year talk.

    This talk has been presented at a club meeting and the 2019 mushroom education class by Richard Jacob. The plan was to make it into a page on the website but that hasn’t happened yet. Until it does… Read More

  • Psychedelic Mushrooms: A New Age of Treatment?

    Psychedelic Mushrooms: A New Age of Treatment? Presented by Past-President Richard Jacob, Ph.D. at the March 2019 meeting. Psychedelic mushrooms are becoming less controversial by the year.  The presentation covers the mushrooms and chemicals involved, their usage, effects,… Read More

  • Fungi Features

    The second talk of the new year taken from our archives of presentations from talks at meetings or education classes. This presentation was part of last years education class. If you want to move beyond identifying some easy… Read More

  • Capturing Wild Mushrooms

    Over the year club members give a number of talks at meetings or education classes. We like to publish as many of them as possible over the lean months of winter when there are not many walks happening… Read More

  • DNA Barcoding workshop presented at NEMF 2017

    A presentation from Richard Jacob There were quite a few talks and workshops at this years NEMF meeting at Stratton Mountain Resort in Stratton Vermont with two or even three scheduled at the same time. At the workshop there… Read More

  • Coral fungi of Western PA

    A presentation from Richard Jacob Last years educational talk on Corals. The talk covers the different coral fungi families and species found in Western Pennsylvania.

  • Introduction to Jelly, Club and Corals

    A presentation from John Stuart Last years educational talk on Jelly, Club and Corals. The talk covers the identifying features of each group.

  • Lactarius Update (from 2011)

    A presentation from John Stuart From the archives we have an educational talk on Lactarius mushrooms both on the biology of the genus and the species local to pittsburgh.

  • Importance of mushrooms in woods and forests & WPMC Barcoding Project

    A presentation from Richard Jacob This was a presentation given at The Annual Fair Shake a fund raiser for Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services that Pennsylvania and Ohio introduced the WPMC and covered the project. Check out Fair Shake’s… Read More

  • Mushroom Cultivation For Food and Medicine

    A presentation from Mark Spear At last weeks cultivation meeting Mark Spear gave an introduction to mushroom cultivation around the world and brief instructions for growing mushrooms at home.

  • Soil Ecology and Agriculture

    A presentation from Dr. Sarah Meiss, Associate Professor, California University of PA Dr. Sarah Meiss gave an excellent talk at the April 2015 meeting on how she became interested in mycology and some of her current work including… Read More

  • Safety Advisory

    A presentation from Richard Jacob As the mushroom season starts I would like to advise our members on two issue effecting our safety in the woods this year.

  • Introduction to Polypores

    A presentation from Jack Baker, Dick Dougall, Joyce Gross, Jim Tunney and La Monte Yarroll What are polypores and what do they do  —  Jim Tunney Classification and identification tips  —  La Monte Yarroll Species Identification  —  Jack Baker, Joyce Gross,… Read More

  • DNA Sequence results from Duke – part 1

    A presentation from Richard Jacob Work is under way to interpret the DNA barcodes returned by Duke university. This presentation covers an overview of the results and look in further detail at 4 of the samples.

  • Edible Wild Mushrooms

    A presentation from John Stuart There are quite a few edible mushrooms that can be found in Western Pennsylvania and this short talk covers some of the easier to identify ones.

  • Genera Within the Bolete Family

    A presentation from John Stuart with contributions from the Western Pa Mushroom Club Picture of Strobilomyces “floccupus” by Joyce Gross

  • Mushroom Identification to Genus

    A presentation from John Stuart with contributions from the Western Pa Mushroom Club

  • Morel Madness presentation from May 4, 2014

    Meeting presentation by Dick Dougall & Jim Wasik

  • Gyromitra esculenta

    Poisonous Wild Mushrooms

    Meeting presentation by John Stuart

  • Clitocybe nuda

    Common Purple Mushrooms

    October 2009 meeting presentation by John Stuart

  • Ascomycota overview

    May 2011  meeting presentation by John Stuart

  • Medicines or Toxins?

    September  2013 meeting presentation by Frank Lotrich, M.D., Ph.D. Fungi are in their own separate kingdom.  They are not plants.  They are not animals.  And they’ve evolved their own unique set of chemicals, sugars, polysaccharides, proteins, and assorted… Read More

  • Introduction to DNA Barcoding talk

    May 2013  meeting presentation by Richard Jacob The beginnings of the WPMC DNA barcoding project, an introduction to DNA barcoding and the first results.

  • Winter tree ID

    Winter Tree ID by Mathew Erb

    April 2012 meeting presentation by Mathew Erb, Director of Urban Forestry at Tree Pittsburgh We all know about the importance of tree identification when it comes to mushroom hunting, but how can we identify trees when the leaves aren’t… Read More