Maybe you are like me, and buy most of your mushrooms at the market. Or maybe you are really into mushrooms which makes you a mycologist. I have to admit that because of friends of mine are mycologists I do have a secret place at Point Reyes where I can gather Chanterelle mushrooms once the rainy season begins without risk of poisoning my self, friends and family. I know very little about mushrooms, except that the mushrooms I pick pop up from a vast underground network, which we can’t see. I also know that picking mushrooms doesn’t hurt this underground network. I think it’s time for me – and you perhaps – to learn a lot more about mushrooms. We have that opportunity with the “7th Annual Point Reyes National Seashore Fungus Fair” scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, January 7 & 8, 2012. The event is jointly sponsored by Bay Area Mycological Society and the Point Reyes National Seashore. On Saturday, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm starting at the Point Reyes Bear Valley Visitor Center attendees will be treated to a collecting foray. Collected mushrooms will be brought to the Red Barn, also at the Park’s Visitor’s Center, for identification.
On Sunday, January 8, 2012, the collected mushrooms will be displayed at the Visitor Center. In addition free lectures will be given in the Visitor Center auditorium. With the beginning of the rainy season, we are also getting into mushroom season. I know that a few days after a good rain is a good time to look for mushrooms. On the other hand too much rain isn’t a good thing. If you are going to pick mushrooms within the Point Reyes National Seashore you should be aware that there are specific rules and regulations about collecting mushrooms. You can check these out on the Seashore’s website. I’m sure that these rules and regulations will be discussed at the Fungus Fair as well.