Events

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

2017 Walks

Sunday, June 25. Central Park, New York City

Leader: Gary Lincoff
Meet 10 a.m. Central Park West and 96th Street. The 8th Ave. C local stops at 96th Street. (Easy)

Saturday, July 8. 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.

Sunday, July 16. Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, NYC

Leaders: Vicky Tartter and Laura Biscotto
Meet 10 a.m. at W. 242nd St. & Broadway, last stop on IRT #1 line. Bring containers for berries. (Easy)

Saturday, July 22. Stony Brook, Rockland County, NY

Leaders: Tom Bigelow and Juniper Perlis
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.

Weekend, July 27-30. NEMF foray at Stratton Mountain Resort, Stratton, Vermont

Sunday, August 6. Norvin Green State Park (Weis Ecology Center), Passaic Co., N.J.

Leader: George Rogoff
Take 9:30 N.J. Transit bus #197 to Wanaque, N.J., arriving Skyline Lakes Drive and Ringwood Ave. at gas station/diner around 10:40. (Moderately strenuous)

Sunday, August 13. Devil’s Den Preserve, Weston, CT. Leader: Tom Bigelow

Joint walk with CVMS. We meet at 10:30 in preserve’s parking lot. Tom will be coordinating rides. For e-navigation enter 33 Pent Road, Weston, CT.

Saturday, August 19. Beech Brook, Passaic Co., N.J.

Leader: Dennis Aita
Take 9:30 N.J. Transit #197 bus arriving around 10:55. Buy a zone 9 ticket for Ringwood. 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.

Saturday, August 26. Stony Brook

Leader: Claude Martz.
See July 22 for transportation.

Saturday, Sept. 9. Joint NYMS/COMA Picnic & Walk. Fahnestock State Park, Putnam Co., N.Y.

Walks leader: Marc Palmer. See summer newsletter for all details. Dennis Aita will coordinate rides.

Saturday, Sept. 16. 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 125th St. at 8:54).

Weekend, Sept 22 – 24. Catskill Weekend at the Ukrainian Soyuzivka, Kerhonkson, Ulster County, NY.

See newsletter for details. Contact: Paul Sadowski.

Sunday, Oct. 1. 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)

Sunday, Oct. 8. South Mountain Reservation, Millburn, NJ.

Leaders: Marija Zeremski & Vanja Seferovic.
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.

Saturday, Oct. 14. Randall’s Island Park, NYC.

Leader: Dennis Aita
From Park Ave. and 125th St. (#4, #5, and #6 trains) at northwest corner take M35 to Ward’s Island. Get off at Icahn Stadium stop. We meet at the south entrance at 10am.

Sunday, Oct 22. Tallman State Park, Rockland Co., NY.

Leader: Alice Barner
Take Coach USA Red & 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.

Saturday, Oct. 28. 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 Ave. (along Victory Blvd.) by skating rink, 2 stops beyond Clove Road.

PETER RUSSELL
Basics of DNA Barcoding Applied to Waxcaps
Sunday, June 18, 2017
1:00 – 4:00
City College in upper Manhattan

Peter Russell was born and lived for 50 years in England. Originally a biologist (Ph.D. in Plant Population Biology), he has been, for many years, an active amateur mycologist. In England he belonged to various plant societies, and was fungi recorder for the Wildlife Trust, Sussex, UK.

Peter became interested in Waxcaps due to their importance as indicators of ancient undisturbed grassland, an increasingly rare and endangered habitat in Europe. He recorded over 250 grassland sites in his home county of Sussex, and uncovered some of the best Waxcap grasslands in the UK – several containing over 30 species.

For the last 10 years Peter has lived in the US and has forayed with COMA and NYMS. He picked up his old interests in Waxcaps, investigating the diversity and differences in species found in English grasslands, the East Coast Woodlands, and the West Coast Redwoods. To pursue this interest he joined a local community laboratory in Brooklyn (Genspace) where he has been DNA barcoding the specimens he collects from Europe and North America.

Britt Bunyard
Diptera Strangelove, Or, How the fly learned to stop worrying about amatoxins and love the death cap
Sunday, June 11, 2017
1:30 – 3:30
The Dana Center, Central Park

Britt Bunyard is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal Fungi. Britt has worked academically (and played very amateurishly) as a mycologist his entire career, writing scientifically for many research journals, popular science magazines, and books, most recently Mushrooms and Macrofungi of Ohio and Midwestern States (2012) by The Ohio State University Press.

He has served as an editor for mycological and entomological research journals, and mushroom guide books. A popular evangelizer on all things fungal, Britt has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, National Geographic Magazine, PBS’s NOVA television program, and in 2016 was made Executive Director of the Telluride Mushroom Festival. He is the co-editor of MycoEpithalamia: Mushroom Wedding Poems (The FUNGI Press, 2016).

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).

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