One week Bay Area MycoBlitz starts January 9

Greetings fellow mushroom lovers!

If you are in the Greater San Francisco / Monterey Bay Area, please consider participating in the upcoming MycoBlitz for the 2021 Tilden Fungus Fair.

This is a special event that I host every year at Tilden Nature Area in Berkeley. Due to the ongoing pandemic and shelter-in-place restrictions, this year's event will be virtual. And what would a mushroom fair be without specimens?

The idea is that folks will go out and "collect" specimens via iNat in the week leading up to the event, then during the event I will review the highlights of the mycoblitz and recognize the top observers, top identifiers, and most commonly observed species. I should warn: you there are prizes involved for the top collectors and identifiers.

To participate, simply go out in the project area beginning Saturday, January 9th and observe fungi! Remember to capture salient features such as the gills / hymenophore, stipe attachment, substrate, etc., so that we can identify them via photographs. Your observations will be automatically added to the project. Observations will end the morning of Saturday, Jan. 16th, just before the event begins.

Of course you are all invited to participate in the event itself. Zoom and YouTube links to follow.

Happy collecting!

@leptonia @damontighe @alan_rockefeller @flygrl67 @pdvmushroom @panadora @noah_siegel @douglassmith @dgreenberger @enter_the_void @catchang @leslie_flint @ocean_beach_goth @lorri-gong @antnat @debk @schwee @kueda @tiwane @pogon @else

Posted by leftcoastnaturalist leftcoastnaturalist, January 05, 2021 10:50 PM


Great idea! I would participate if I did not live in SOCAL.

Posted by bugornot over 1 year ago (Flag)

I'll see if I can remember how to see a mushroom.

Posted by kueda over 1 year ago (Flag)

i embrace any excuse to get outside and shroom. thanks for the invite!

Posted by ocean_beach_goth over 1 year ago (Flag)

That's a large project area. Does the "regular" fair usually cover that much ground?

Posted by catchang over 1 year ago (Flag)

You might reach out to Dominic Fields- I have no idea what his iNat handle is, but he is a good fungi hunter. @damontighe might know. Did you mean to constrain the project to just a few users?

Posted by catchang over 1 year ago (Flag)

@catchang Thanks for the catch on the users as an inclusion filter, that was an error on my part. And it's hard to say what the regular fair covers - I usually receive submissions from as far south as Santa Cruz and as far north as Fort Bragg, so I used a large generic place that was already defined so we potentially have a wider diversity of species to look at during the event.

Posted by leftcoastnaturalist over 1 year ago (Flag)

@malacothrix tagging you in case you're interested in participating

Posted by ocean_beach_goth over 1 year ago (Flag)

@malacothrix I didn't even know you were on here! Join us!

Posted by leftcoastnaturalist over 1 year ago (Flag)

Love the idea, and love to see all the photos.

Posted by douglassmith over 1 year ago (Flag)

Excellent! I will be here for the weekend but then in Humboldt

Posted by malacothrix over 1 year ago (Flag)

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