Nov 3rd, 2014 Meeting – 6:30 PM Daniel Winkler – Amazon Mushrooms

The guest speaker for our November 3rd meeting will be Daniel Winkler. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM.
Daniel grew up collecting and eating wild mushrooms in the Alps and has been foraging since 18 years in the PNW. Daniel trained as a geographer and ecologist and works as researcher and NGO consultant on environmental issues of the Tibetan Plateau, specializing on Tibet’s diverse mushroom industry, publishing widely on the subject, especially on Caterpillar fungus – Ophiocordyceps sinensis. He is also the author of Field Guides to Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest and California (Harbour Publishing 2011 & 2012) and with Larry Evans “Field Guide to Tropical Amazon Mushrooms” (Mushroaming Publishing 2014). Since 2006, through his travel agency MushRoaming Daniel is organizing eco-tours to Tibet, the Amazon, and beyond.

Title: Amazing Amazon Mushrooms – Field Guide Debut

Talk Summary

In concert with the publication of Daniel Winkler’s and Larry Evans’ Amazon Mushroom Field Guide, Daniel will share his best photos and entertaining stories from his annual travels in the Upper Amazon Basin along the eastern Andean slopes of Ecuador and Bolivia. As one of the most biodiverse areas in the western hemisphere, the Amazon contains an extremely diverse group of fungal organisms from bright-pink oyster mushrooms to giant polypores, from macabre insect-parasitizing Cordyceps and strange Xylarias to dainty colorful Marasmius and Collybias. Furthermore Daniel will share spectacular wildlife, bizarre insects, and exotic flowers.

Join us before the meeting as we treat our guest speaker to dinner at 5PM at Blue Water Grill, 3667 India St, San Diego, CA 92103