by Kim Traverse, PSMS President
Lichen study might pass for exoteric if it weren’t that lichens are almost everywhere- on the sidewalks and streets we use daily, on the walls and trunks of trees that we walk past, clinging to the branches of those trees and on shrubs. From the shore to the top of mountain peaks, lichens coat the rocks and sometimes cover the ground. They are part of every ecosystem except the deep sea and can live in the harshest places on the planet- the driest, the coldest, the hottest- at least one grows underwater.
Don’t forget to check out the Union Bay Natural Area just behind The Center for Urban Horticulture, also known as the Montlake Fill. A great place for a stroll with the family, make sure to bring your binoculars as it is one of Seattle’s best birding hotspots.
For more info check out their website, Union Bay Natural Area
by Brady Raymond
photos by Daniel Winkler
The Bridle Trails Survey is underway and shaping up to be a unique opportunity, not only to hone your mushroom identification skills, but also to participate in a bit of citizen science to better understand our region’s funga. The two main goals for this project are to hopefully christen the next generation of mushroom identifiers and to preserve specimens for the herbarium.
A lot of work has to be done before this project can fully take flight, this includes creating a custom voucher sheet for the study as well as a system for filing of specimens. Linking all the data to specimen photographs and making it available online needs to be figured out as well. Creating a curriculum and a way of testing knowledge is also important in churning out the next generation of identifiers.
Exploring Psilocybin as a Tool for Modern Psychology and Medicine
Tuesday February 7th, Center for Urban Horticulture 7:30 PM
Research on psychedelics as an aid in the treatment of mood and substance use disorders has generated renewed interest over the past decade. Recent pilot studies have shown safety and feasibility of psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychedelic found in some mushrooms of the genus Psilocybe, as a therapeutic tool in the treatment of depression, end-of-life anxiety, alcohol, and tobacco use disorders. Moreover, data suggest a notable effect of psychedelics in occasioning profound and lasting changes in mood, behaviors, and attitudes consistent with enhanced health and well-being. Despite these compelling findings, the mechanisms of action of psychedelic-facilitated treatments remain poorly understood. Preliminary evidence indicates that spiritual and mystical-type drug effects are associated with positive outcomes in psilocybin-facilitated treatments, consistent with early researchers’ observations that the subjective effects of psychedelics play a pivotal role in mediating ongoing benefits. This discussion will present an overview of contemporary research with psilocybin, with a focus on the work conducted since 2000 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Albert Garcia-Romeu, Ph.D. is a member of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he studies the effects of psychedelic drugs in humans with a focus on psilocybin as an aid in the treatment of addiction. He received his doctorate in psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, CA where he researched self-transcendence, meditation, and altered states of consciousness.
There is still space left in both “Introduction to Mushrooming”
classes, Sat Dec 3 and Sun Dec 4! Learn about ecology, ID, edible and poisonous
lookalikes, taste some wild mushroom dishes and take home a cultivation
We won’t able to offer another one for a while, so get in while
you can! Go to www.psms.org and click on Events
for all of the details and to sign
You must be a PSMS member to guarantee a spot in the class.
Our 2016 Annual Fall Wild Mushroom Exhibit will be on October 29th and 30th. For the second year the show will be held in the cafeteria at Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle, Bellevue, WA 98007. This location is a large venue for our event, abundant free parking, and all of the exhibit is under one roof on one level! Bellevue College is close to and is easily accessible from I-90 and does not require a toll going over the I-90 Bridge from Seattle. It is also well serviced by Metro for people who prefer to ride the bus.
The exhibit will be open to the public on:
Saturday, Oct 29th: Noon – 7PM
Sunday, Oct 30th: 10AM – 5PM.
Admission fees for this event are:
Full time students (with IDs): $5
Children 12 and under: free.
Tickets will be pre-sold online on our website at http://www.psms.org starting Oct 1st.
Make it a fun filled family outing and don’t forget to check out the Union Bay Natural Area while you’re there, an urban birding paradise. Located just south of The Center for Urban Horticulture, make sure to bring your binoculars for the chance to see some not so average Seattle birds.
More info at: http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/research/ubna.shtml
Or search online, also known as the Montlake Fill.
Erin’s first morel of the year.
by Brady Raymond
They’re Here! I’m happy to report, as some of you probably already know the 2016 Morel season is on. The wife and I headed out April 17th on Highway 2 with the hopes of finding morels. We knew we were taking a chance, heading over Stevens Pass and hanging around 2100ft. in elevation. The temperature seemed right, and we had loads of snow this winter, which means moisture levels had to be at least better than last year, our moral for morels was indeed high. Continue reading
7:30 pm Thursday March 17, 2016
Center for Urban Horticulture, UW Seattle (Where we usually have our monthly meetings)
Anybody interested getting involved in our newly launched local mushroom study is most welcome to attend the meeting. We will be discussing the nuts and bolts regarding timing, forming collection teams and past collection processing.
You do NOT need to be a mushroom identifier. Being interested in learning more about mushrooms is sufficient and there is many ways to contribute in our group effort. It is crucial that volunteers step forward to support the project organization. Most important right now is finding two or three project coordinators, especially for an email list service and forwarding info to the PSMS webpage and the new blog. Also, if a bunch of people want to meet at CUH before crossing the 520 bridge that would need coordination. In any case, it is a good opportunity to get to know more mushrooms and PSMS members.
We will be discussing how to select sites in Bridle Trails State Park, how often we want to go collect, how we will set up specimen collection, documentation (photography, notes, descriptions? and entry of this info in a data base, probably MushroomObserver.org) and processing (drying, selection for DNA sequencing, depositing). Also, if we want to work on the collection during an outing, where are we going to work on the collected mushrooms? Should we use local library meeting rooms we can reserve for free once a month around the BTSP (i.e. in Bellevue, Kirkland & Redmond etc.) or should we meet in a room at CUH (further away from the site and more costly). Where and how are we going to dry the specimens for vouchering, while making sure each collection is carefully labeled even while in the dryer? Do we have enough dehydrators between us or should PSMS have its own?
We will also discuss details about the project methodology in regard of study design. However, this subject will probably require a prolonged discussion and digging up comparable studies to inform ourselves of our options. Also we need to have better knowledge of the opportunities and limitations of in BTSP.