The Colorado Mycological Society is a non-profit organization established in 1967 to
advance the understanding of, and to stimulate interest in, the field of mycology.

Fungi of the Alpine Zone

Presented by: Linnea Gillman

Meeting at: Denver Botanic Gardens (NOTE: we are in a new location at DBG. Please see below for details) on May 11, 2015. The doors open at 7:00pm and the program will begin at 7:30pm

You would think that the area above tree line in Colorado is an unlikely place to find mushrooms. Actually, it has a diverse group of gilled mushrooms and other fungi in spite of the severe growing conditions extreme cold, poor nutrients, high winds and low humidity. These fungi are vital to the ecosystem, both for decaying dead vegetation, thus adding nutrients to the soil, and for the symbiotic relationship between the fungi and the vegetation (mycorrhizae) which funnels nutrients to the plants, and in return, the plants provide food for the fungi. We will look at the fungi of the alpine zone and learn about their importance to plant survival.

Linnea Gillman has been a member of the CMS for 42 years. She has an MS in Mycology from Virginia Tech, studying under Dr. Orson K. Miller. She is retired from the US Forest Service in the Rocky Mountain Region

We are meeting in the Gates Hall at Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street. Gates Hall is inside the Main building.

Next foray:

Foray schedule for 2015 is not available yet

PHOTO CONTEST 2014 RESULTS - click on photos for higher resolution file. Click back button to return to this page.

First Prize - Frederick Fisher
Unknown puffball
  First Prize - Mike Godfrey

First Prize - Justin Robertson

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Second Prize - Karen Ryan
Chlorophyllum rachodes
  Second Prize - Mike Godfrey
  Second Prize - Frederick Fisher
Amanita muscaria
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Third Prize - Karen Ryan
Chlorophyllum rachodes
  Third Prize - Frederick Fisher
Sarcodon imbricatus
  Third Prize - Mike Godfrey
Market Stall
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CMS Meetings:

  • Meetings 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.

A 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 by email).

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.