Emil Lang Lecture Series for 2017

Lectures will be held on Monday nights, from 6:00-8:00, at the Central Park Arsenal. The entrance is just off 5th Ave. at 64th St.
The Arsenal, Central Park
830 5th Ave., Rm 318 (@ 64th St.)
New York, NY 10065

Monday February 27th
Jan Thornhill
“The Big World of Tiny Ascomycetes”

Jan Thornhill has been studying the plethora of amazing fungi she finds near her Central Ontario home for more than 25 years. Though she is not beyond eating the choice ones, she is much more interested in fungal diversity, ecology, and, particularly, collecting the weird and wonderful, all of which she obsessively photographs, catalogues, and preserves. For the past couple of years, she has been writing about her favorite oddities on her blog: Weird & Wonderful Wild Mushrooms. Jan is also a multi-award-winning writer and illustrator of science- and nature-based children’s books, most recently The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk (Groundwood) and I Am Josephine – and I Am a Living Thing (Owlkids).

Monday March 20th
John Dighton
“Mycorrhizae, Forests and Pollution”

John Dighton earned his B.Sc. Degree in Botany and Zoology from London University, a M.Sc. Degree in Ecology from Durham University and a Ph.D. in Ecology from Queen Elizabeth College, London University. He worked for 15 years at the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology at Grange-over-Sands in Cumbria, UK where he worked on mycorrhizal fungi and nutrient dynamics of forest trees. Using a new assay developed with his colleagues he worked on contract with international forestry companies, Shell, Saapi, The Lord Dulverton and others to determine the nutritional status of temperate and sub-tropical tree crops. During this time he developed an interest in pollution effects on forest fungi, ranging from acid rain to nitrogen deposition and interactions with radionuclides. He moved to Rutgers University to run their Pinelands Field Station in 1994 and has been active in research with his students, covering many aspects of forest soil ecology, mycology and interactions with forest management and pollution. He teaches courses on Soil Ecology and Mycology. He is the author of three books, editor of 5 books and has published more than 150 journal articles and book chapters.

Monday April 24th
Nicholas Money
“The Meaning of Life in 10 Mushrooms”

Nicholas Money is a gentleman of letters, mycologist, and professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Once upon a time he spent 30 years studying fungal growth and reproduction. His experiments involved measuring the hydrostatic pressure inside the microscopic filaments produced by fungi and the forces used by these cells to penetrate plant and animal tissues. He also pioneered the application of ultra high-speed video to understand spore discharge mechanisms. Contrarian essays published by Nicholas have considered mushroom harvesting (its unsustainability), fungal taxonomy (its scientific and philosophical shortcomings), and the medicinal properties of mushrooms (their absence). He is the author of numerous books including Mr. Bloomfield’s Orchard (2002) and The Amoeba in the Room (2014).

2016 Foul Weather Friends Schedule

NYMS Monday Night ID Sessions 
NYMS Members only.
The sessions will run from 6:00 – 8:00.
The address is:
The New York Horticultural Society
148 West 37th St., 13th Floor
New York, NY 10018
The Hort is easily accessible by the B, D, F, M, N, Q, or R trains at 34th St/Herald Square or the 1, 2, 3 trains at Penn Station. Please note that the door is locked by 7:00, so please try to arrive on time!
Monday August 1st
Monday August 8th
Monday August 15th
Monday August 22nd
Monday August 29th
TUESDAY September 6th
Monday September 12th
Monday September 19th
Monday October 3rd
TUESDAY October 11th
Monday October 17th

Monday October 31st

2016 Members Walks

We meet when public transportation arrives. Walks last 5-6 hours and are of moderate difficulty except where noted. Bring lunch, water, a knife, a whistle and a basket for mushrooms. Nonmembers attendance: $5, $10 family. Leaders have discretion to cancel walks in case of rain or dry conditions. Call or email if in doubt. Phone numbers and emails are distributed to the membership.

We ask that members refrain from visiting walk sites 2 weeks prior to the walk.

WARNING: Many mushrooms are toxic. Neither the Society nor individual members are responsible for the identification or edibility of any fungus.

TRANSPORTATION NOTES: Check transportation schedules online for time changes! And pick up a return schedule!

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: PDF file of driving directions

2016 Walks

Sunday, June 26 at Central Park, Manhattan

Leader: Gary Lincoff
Meet 10 a.m. Central Park West and 96th Street. The 8th Ave. C local stops at 96th Street. (Easy) Non-member fees do not apply to this walk.

Sunday, July 10 at Wolfe’s Pond Park, Prince’s Bay, Staten Island

Leader: Don Recklies
Take the 8:30 Staten Island ferry from Whitehall St. and then take the Staten Island Railway (SIR) which leaves at 9:01. It arrives at the Prince’s Bay station at 9:34 when the walk starts. We meet upstairs on Seguine Avenue. If coming by car, let Don know.

Sunday, July 17 at Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx

Leader: Claude Martz
Meet 10 a.m. at W. 242nd St. & Broadway, last stop on IRT #1 line. Bring containers for berries (Easy)

 July 22 – 24

Leader: Ethan Crensen
Chanterelle Weekend in the Londonderry area of Vermont. See spring newsletter.

July 28 – 31

NEMF Foray at Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg MA. For details visit the foray website.

Saturday, August 6 at Stony Brook, Harriman State Park, Rockland Co., N.Y.

Leader: Gary Lincoff
Meet in Sloatsburg at RR tracks one block from municipal building. Take N.J. Transit 9:14 Northeast Corridor train from Penn Station; transfer 9:23 at Secaucus Junction for Port Jervis line train which arrives Sloatsburg 10:12.

Sunday, August 14, at Norvin Green State Park (Weis Ecology Center), Passaic Co., N.J.

Leader: George Rogoff
Take 9:30 N.J. Transit bus #197 to Midvale, N.J., arriving Skyline Lakes Drive and Ringwood Ave. at gas station around 10:40. Buy a zone 9 ticket. Try to call George before Friday if coming by bus. Possible swim in pool?

Saturday, August 20 at Beech Brook, Passaic Co., N.J. 

Leader: Dennis Aita
Take 9:30 N.J. Transit #197 bus arriving around 10:50. Buy a zone 9 ticket for Hewitt. Ask bus driver to let you off at Greenwood Lake Turnpike and Beech Road, first road on right, 0.6 mile beyond Margaret King Ave. in Ringwood. Let Dennis know if coming by bus. (Moderate to somewhat strenuous)

SaturdayAugust 27 at Stony Brook, Harriman Park, NY

Leaders:Tom Bigelow & Juniper Perlis
See August 6 for transportation.

Sunday, September 4 at Depew Park, Peekskill, Westchester Co., N.Y.

Leader: Karen Schechner
Take 8:43 Metro-North Express arriving Peekskill 9:48. (Train can also be boarded at 125 St. at 8:54). (Moderate to somewhat strenuous)

Saturday, September 10 Joint NYMS/COMA Picnic & Walks at Fahnestock State Park, Putnam Co., N.Y.

Leader: Marc Palmer
See summer newsletter for details. Dennis Aita will coordinate rides.

SundaySeptember 18 at South Mountain Reservation, N.J.

Leader: Ethan Crensen
Take NJ Transit 9:11 train from N.Y.’s Penn. Station to Millburn, NJ (Morristown Line), arriving 9:56. Walk 2 blocks north to reservation parking lot.

September 23 – 25 Peck Foray at Greenville YMCA, Huguenot, NY

For information visit the Peck Foray Website.

SundayOctober 2 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y.

Leader: Dennis Aita
Take Lex #4 train to the last stop, Woodlawn & Jerome Ave. Meet 10 a.m. at the cemetery’s entrance. (Easy)

SaturdayOctober 8 at South Mountain Reservation

Leaders: Marija Zeremski & Vanja Seferovic
See September 18 for transportation.

Sunday, October 16 at Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Leader:Ethan Crensen
Meet at 10am at main entrance of cemetery – 5th Ave. and 25th Street.

Sunday, October 23 at Tallman State Park, Rockland Co., NY.

Leader: Alice Barner
Take Rockland Coach (Red and Tan) Route 9AT 9:15 bus from PA Bus Terminal or from uptown GW Bridge Bus Station at 9:40 arriving Oak Tree Road & 9W (Palisades, NY) at 10:06. If coming by bus, contact Alice.

SaturdayOctober 29 at Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, N.Y.

Leader: Paul Sadowski
Take 9:30 Staten Island Ferry arriving 9:55. From Ramp A take either S61 or S62 bus and get off at LeBau Avenue (along Victory Blvd.) by skating rink, 2 stops beyond Clove Road.

© The New York Mycological Society, 2016.