JUNE MEETING: Monday June 10
7:30 pm at the Denver Botanic Gardens
How and Where to Collect Mushrooms
By - members of CMS
Mushrooms are colle
cted for all sorts of reasons - for food, for photography, for identification, for medicinal properties. We will talk about where to go in Colorado to find them, and what to do with your collections to figure out what you have. The right equipment will make collecting easier and more productive, and we'll show you what to bring along on a foray. What you do with the mushroom after you collect it will help you identify it, and we'll walk you through those steps. After the talk we'll have members at the identification tables to demonstrate what what we talked about.
We are lucky in Colorado to have such a variety of habitats, with the Rocky Mountains rising to over 14,000 feet from the praries. There are grasslands, shrublands, pinyon-juniper woodlands, montane forests, subalpine forests and tundra, each with its own mushroom flora. Usually our season lasts from mid-April to mid-September, with some urban mushrooms fruiting any time of the year depending on the weather. August is the peak of our season in the mountains, with the large fruitings of most of our favorite edible mushrooms and the largest variety of interesting species.
We are meeting at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street. (Map)
Next foray: Sunday, June 9, 9 am - Boulder meeting place - leaves from Safeway parking lot northeast side at Arapahoe and 28th. Free for members, $10/person for nonmembers. Please read this page. Membership is $25/household.
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are held on the second Monday night of each month, from March
through October, at 7:30 PM. The doors open at 7:00. This year we are back at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007
York Street (Map).
The meetings are in Mitchell Hall. There is no charge to get into
the Botanic Gardens in the evening to attend a CMS meeting.
- CMS meetings provide an informal opportunity to
socialize and exchange information with others interested in mycology.
- Each meeting
features a lecture and/or slide presentation on mycology
or a related subject.
- Speakers include nationally known mycologists, outside
specialists and knowledgeable members
- Visitors & members are encouraged to bring the mushrooms
they find to the meetings.
- Knowledgeable members will be happy to help you identify the
mushrooms you have found.
Call for Volunteers for CMS — The Colorado Mycological
Society depends on volunteers from the membership to deliver its
services to the general membership. Many, if not most, of the volunteer
positions do not require extensive knowledge of mycology. What
they do require is enthusiasm and a willingness to
devote a few hours each month to the position.
Although most of
the committees currently have chairpersons assigned to them, there
are still a few that require a chairperson. If you would like to
volunteer for one of these "open" committee positions,
contact Karen Ryan by phone at 303-355-5966 or
If you would like to serve on a committee that is currently chaired
or obtain more information about the activities of the committee,
contact the chairperson directly.