Learning about Mushrooms of the North Shore

In this webinar with local fungus enthusiast Willoughby Arevalo, you will learn the principles of mushroom identification based on features visible to the naked eye. The presentation will also cover the role of fungi in forest ecology, and traditional and contemporary uses. 
This program will help you develop your field ID skills to be able to recognize most mushrooms, and learn skills to work towards quickly recognizing important genera and species. Learning the basics of fungal biology and ecology will help you know where and when to look. Learn how to collect specimens for ID and how to harvest honourably and safely. Connect with local, print, and online resources for further study. Special attention will be given to some of our most common edible, medicinal, and toxic species. 
Presenter Bio:
Willoughby Arevalo is passionate about the ecology of fungi, the ways they shape our world and the ways we shape theirs. His lifelong friendship with fleshy fungi has led him down a mycelial pathway – from a start in field identification and mushroom hunting, branching into cuisine, DIY cultivation, farming, education, writing and eco-arts. In his over-thirty-year relationship with fungi, he has spent the last decade sharing mycology with people in communities across North America. This has manifested in numerous presentations, art projects, teaching tours, collaborations, gatherings, and his book, DIY Mushroom Cultivation, published by New Society Publishers. Originally from Arcata, California (Traditional Wiyot and Yurok Territory), he lives as a grateful guest on unceded Coast Salish territory in Vancouver, BC. His work can be seen at mycelialconnections.net and artandfungi.org.
Registration required. Register online or call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175.
This meeting will take place on Zoom. What you’ll need: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam for Zoom; or your smartphone/tablet. We will email you the Zoom link in advance of the event.


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Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm


  • Adults