Annual Fungus Fair


San Diego Mycological Society will be hosting their 23rd Annual Fungus Fair on Sunday, Feb 21, 2021. This time it will be virtual! We hope that you join us for some fascinating mushroom talks, cooking demonstrations, as well as a chance to meet and purchase your beloved mycophilic goods from our vendors! EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN!
WE NEED YOUR HELP! This year, since it will be virtual and we miss our community, we would like to compile home videos and photos of all you fun-gi humans out there on what mycology related things you have been up to the last year. These videos and pictures will be displayed during the fair. You can include images/videos like you foraging for wild mushrooms, creating fungi art, identifying mushrooms, or even create something new like a video of how you interact and relate to fungi. Be creative! Please send your submissions to You can add a short description of your picture/video and include your name if you would like to be cited in your email. Thanks! We look forward to bringing you our cherished fair!
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First Mushroom Meeting of 2021

SDMYCO Monthly Monday Mushroom Meeting
Monday, January 4, 2021

Richard Tehan


Welcome SD Mycophiles to 2021!

We hope that you enjoyed your holidays and have had a wonderful start to your 2021. Join us for SDMYCO’s Monday Mushroom Monthly Meeting coming up January 4, at 7pm.       (*** SDMYCO Members check you email for registration link***)

We are excited to bring you keynote speaker, Richard Tehan, PhD Candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences, from Oregon State University, as he takes us on a mysterious journey and shares with us new discoveries of the chemistry and biology of Cordycep-like fungi.

Richard’s thesis research is about drug discovery, chemical ecology, and the evolution of secondary metabolism, focuses on the fungi genus, Tolypocladium, better known as synonyms Cordyceps and Elaphocordyceps.

His presentation will explore the taxonomy, evolution, and discovery of the insect-pathogenic fungi known as Cordyceps. He will provide information about identification, as well as captivate the audience with entertaining and intriguing photos of fungus-zombified arthropods.

Come curious and leave in awe!

See you soon,

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Hello SD Mycophiles!

Join us for SDMYCO’s Monday Mushroom Monthly Meeting coming up December 7, at 7pm. We are excited to bring you keynote speaker, Dr. Sydney Glassman, Assistant Professor of the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology at UC Riverside. Her lab focuses on understanding the role of soil fungi and bacteria in ecosystem regeneration after wildfires and the role of microbiology community complexity and fungal-bacterial interactions in litter decomposition.

TALK : “A Tale of Two Megafires: Fire Effects on Fungi”
Fires are increasingly frequent across the globe and in Southern California. Fires negatively impact most fungi but some fungi are adapted to and thrive after wildfires. These fungi are called pyrophilous fungi. Dr. Glassman had two serendipitous opportunities to study pyrophilous fungi when her research plots burned down in catastrophic megafires. And what timely information this comes, as California recently has been doused with fires across the state.


Meeting hosted over Zoom. Registration Details for talk will be mailed to members day of event.

As a continuation and appreciation to increase fungal education SDMYCO is teaming up with UCR creating the “Microbiology Award of Excellence in Mycology”. The awardee with be a UCR Graduate student doing research in Mycology. This scholarship was created in honor of our founder, Dr. Elio Schaechter.

Lastly, we are having board elections at the beginning of the meeting, if you are interested in being part of this years board please fill out the application. We are especially in need of filling the positions of Secretary and Social Media Director.

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Mycophiles!!!      Welcome!!!

Join SDMYCO tonight, Monday Nov 2, at 7pm as we invite famed mycologist Alan Rockefeller as our host for our first Mushroom Meeting of the season.

Meeting is FREE for everyone so tell your fungal friends!




Where: Comfort of your home via ZOOM
When: Monday, Nov 2 @ 7pm
Meeting ID: 902 637 2276
Password: RAIN

Virtual Etiquette: Everyone will be muted upon entering, but we would like you to stay engaged using the chat box or the emojis on the screen. You are welcome to questions anytime in the chat and will be answered by Alan at the end of the talk. And there will also be a chance to win a Mushroom Poster!

Dec 7, 2020: Dr. Sydney Glassman
Jan 4, 2021: Richard Tehan, PhD

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Resuming the Mushroom Season

Welcome back, Fungi Friends and Mycophiles! I hope this message finds you all in good health. We hope you are safe and navigating our new realities with as much grace and wisdom as you can muster. We are thinking of you!

It has been a long hiatus from our regular meetings, and I trust that this time has afforded you more opportunities to forage, identify, cultivate, create, and cook with mushrooms.

Although this year has been a difficult one, the board is excited to bring you a season of meetings and classes (virtual, of course) that will include lectures, bio-blitzes, mushroom identification, art classes, cultivation classes, and cooking demonstrations. Our goal is to bring you edutaining content, where you can learn and be entertained at the same time.

The first bit of good news is that we will resume our Monthly Monday Meetings the first Monday of every month at 7pm PST starting NOVEMBER 2 with the famed Alan Rockefeller. Classes and workshops will be spread out throughout the coming months.

Please join us to be part of these fun and educational activities. Your input is valuable, and we would like to encourage you to participate, lead, teach, organize, or mentor a mushroom topic in the coming months. If you feel you have the drive and energy to do so, please contact me here to schedule an engaging event. We will also be hosting elections for the MYCO-BOARD in November. More details to follow.

Some of you are eager to start exploring the realms of the mushroom world so here are a few suggestions on where to begin. Since most Mycological Societies are holding meetings on-line, you can join some of their meetings as well! A great resource to find out about other mushroom clubs is through following and becoming a member of the North American Mycological Society (NAMA)

Other Upcoming (nonSDMS) Mushroom October Events:

>>>>>> Join other Mycophiles for a virtual showing of “Fungi Film Fest” for 3.5 hours of short Fungi films There are still 4 slot times to watch it. Just register for the time frame that works for you. There is also a game to play with your fungal friends “FUNGO” : Bingo game for up to 7 players as you watch the films.

>>>>>> THIS SUNDAY OCT 25 The Cascade Mycological Society (CMS) and Mount Pisgah Arboretum, located in Eugene, Oregon would like to invite your members to a Virtual Mushroom Festival. On Sunday October 25th, there will be 8 hours of mushroom-centric programming streamed to viewers, including presentations from leading experts in the field of mycology, mushroom cooking demos, mushroom forays, live Q&A with experts, music, an iNaturalist Mycolblitz, and so much more ~ all for free!

What: Mount Pisgah Arboretum with Cascade Mycological Society and Lane Community College present the 2020 Virtual Mushroom Show!
When: Sunday, October 25th, from 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Check out all streaming locations on thier website at

The fungi are here to heal the planet and its beautiful inhabitants, so come be a part of our mycelial network here in San Diego. We are so excited to see all of our lovely fungal friends. See you on Monday!

Mush Love,
San Diego Mycological Society


Looking to become part of the leadership role for the San Diego Mycological Society?
WE are looking to fill some vital roles, but you can apply for any position that intrests you.

Fill out an application here

Communications / Social Media Manager
Activities Director
Photo Journalist

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Mycelial Connection Amidst Uncertainty

Dearest Mycophiles,

In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak we are canceling our April meeting and will not be hosting any additional events until everything settles.

Now, more than ever, we need each other in (virtual) community. To fend off feelings of loneliness and isolation we encourage you to stay connected with us and other mycophiles through a variety of online resources as well as through physically distanced Citizen Science (Hello rain!).

Here are some resources to keep you connected:

We look forward to seeing you all in person soon as we have many ideas, projects, and classes to share.

Until then stay healthy and Mush Love,

San Diego Mycological Society Board

*** As always – Please do not eat any mushroom without proper identification. San Diego has more toxic mushrooms than edible ones!***

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Pop-Up Foray this Saturday 2/29


Please join us for another SDMYCO POP-UP FORAY! 

We’re excited to get out into the wild again. Although the lack of rains this season may not produce an abundance of mushrooms, hopefully some will be up, as the atmosphere has remained moist. Last year’s foray at this site was quite rewarding!

All member attendees must register HERE to participate.

Saturday, February 29th


Buena Vista Park Loop Trailhead

1601 Shadowridge Dr, Vista, CA 92081

*Enter through Antigua and Shadowridge Rd. and go towards the end of the parking lot. Meet at the  picnic tables

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March SDMYCO Meeting Monday, 3/2: The Mushrooms + Culture of Greece

Hello Mycophiles! Our next club meeting is less than one week away on Monday, March 2nd.
We’ll be joined by Olga Tzogas the creator of Smugtown Mushrooms based in Rochester, New York. Olga will share her experiences as a mycologist traveling back to her ancestral home of Greece. We will explore the relationships the locals have with certain species of mushrooms, plants, and their recipes for use. Together we will experience the different bio-regions and the life that grows there during the fall months to see the similarities of fungal life that are shared on both continents

As a reminder we meet the first Monday of each Month, October – May. Download our public event calendar to stay up to date on all the happenings.

March 2nd Meeting Details
5pm: Meet the speaker dinner (Open to the public) @ Kairoa Brewing Company, 4601 Park Blvd
6:30 – 8pm: Meeting @ Balboa Park, 1650 El Prado, Room 101

6:30: Welcome / House Keeping
7:00: The Mushrooms + Culture of Greece presented by Olga Tzogas

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Volunteers Needed!


SDMYCO Volunteers Needed! Are you able to help us at the Fungus Fair this weekend? We have many needs!

Please email with your interest. 

Volunteer positions available:

  • Saturday Set Up 5-10pm (Dinner provided)
  • Sunday Set Up 8-10am 
  • Greeter
  • Membership
  • Children’s Table`
  • Book Store Table
  • Mushroom ID
  • Game Table
  • NAMP CItizen Science
  • State Mushroom Voting Table 
  • Floater
  • Break down 3:30 – 6pm

We also have needs at future events (free entry for volunteers):

  • March 1 : POC Fungus Fair
  • March 28 : SD Citizen Sci Expo
  • April 4 : Rancho Bernardo Earth Fair
  • May 3 : Fermentation Festival 
  • Jun 6, 7, 13, 14 : Del Mar Fair

We have more ideas that will require help to pull off  (movie nights, community mushroom garden etc) so please let us know anyway that you can help by emailing 

Thank you and look forward to seeing you out there!



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SDMYCO Member Foray for Fungus Fair – 2/15


Join SDMYCO for our annual Fungus Fair Foray! We’re excited to get out into the wild and collect fresh specimens to display at the Fungus Fair, which is being held the following day (2/16), at Balboa Park.

SDMYCO Member Foray

Saturday, 2/15

9:30am – 1pm  

Lighthouse Farm, Santa Ysabel Mountain

24251 Highway 76, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070

If you get to the lake or San Luis Rey campground you have gone too far.

Register HERE

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