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AMS EVENT CALENDAR

Upcoming events

    • 15 Apr 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 15 Jun 2022
    • burn areas throughout the state
    Register

    Are you interested in hunting for the elusive burn morel this spring? If so, the Arizona Mushroom Society has just created maps of 2021 wildfires, that you will want for your hunt.


    Despite being in a La Nina weather pattern and experiencing a 2021/2022 winter season with less precipitation than average, we received a push of moisture at the end of February and early March. Hopefully this late winter/early spring moisture will help with our ever optimistic pursuit to find burn morels in the mountains of our desert state. 

    When conditions are right, burn morels can grow in large numbers in recently burned areas. They grow in habitat ranging from Ponderosa pine forests to higher elevation spruce-fir vegetation. Since they grow from tree roots, they can only be found in areas with these trees. The fruiting of morel mushrooms can be triggered by wildfires, so having a good map of recent wildfire boundaries is a key resource for having a successful hunt.

    The most limiting factor in Arizona is enough moisture to facilitate the growth of burn morels before it gets too hot and dry for them to fruit. So, some years are better than others based on snowpack, spring precipitation, and temperatures.

    Hunting the Arizona burn morels is challenging. You will need to consider key factors of the locations you are looking such as slope, aspect, soil temperatures, tree species, and whether or not the area has been recently burned. To help with the latter, the Arizona Mushroom Society has created maps of 2021 wildfires that can be downloaded and used by Arizona Mushroom Society members for FREE via the Avenza Maps app. This builds on a library of existing wildfire perimeter maps available to you from 2018 through 2020 wildfires as well.


    To access the free Arizona Mushroom Society Burn Morel library and for instructions on how to use these maps, please register for this event and an email with this information will be sent to you.

    • 11 Jun 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Flagstaff, AZ

    Registration Opens in June


    Warning! This event may be cancelled in the event of Forest Closure due to Wildfire Risk!


    Get ready... we will be climbing the highest of heights under the punishing June Arizona sun in search of rare fungi that grows along the edges of shrinking mountain snow patches.


    We are looking to find and document the uncommon and ephemeral snowbank fungi! Snowbank fungi are known from high elevation western conifer forests, and unique to these areas from the Canadian Rockies to the lower Sangre de Cristos of New Mexico. They do not grow in Europe or other regions where there are large snow beds of the arctic, alpine habitat, or glaciers. The snowbank fungi are specifically associated with Engelmann spruce in areas with dwindling snowbanks adjacent to dense spruce forests with plenty of downed trees and litter.

    In Arizona, we are lucky  to have a few vestige snowbank fungi populations in the highest elevations most years. While it is unlikely any of the fungi we find will be edible, this foray will be a unique opportunity to discover, document, and learn more about the rare phenomenon of snowbank fungi in the desert southwest. We will also be recording any snowbank fungi we find using the iNaturalist app, which will allow us to contribute to the broader scientific understanding of the range of various snowbank fungi species. 

    Due to the extreme habitat of snowbank fungi we will need to climb very steep slopes at very high elevations to get to the last melting snows of winter. Please only register if you are in good health and feel comfortable with physical exertion at elevations above 10,000 feet.


    • 07 Jul 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81919828749

    If you are a beginner, amateur, or expert mycologist, one of the most important tools in your tool bag is the iNaturalist app.


    Join Scientific Committee Chair Terri Clements, for a zoom meeting to learn about the one tool you can use to both better identify fungi (plants and animals too), contribute to research-grade databases for scientists, and tap into the vast knowledge of observations in your area. Terri will be discussing how we use the iNaturalist app to document fungi specimens that she then has DNA sequenced and identifies through phylogenetic analysis. iNaturalist is a key part of the process to  electronically record fungi specimens that are found (by anyone) and identify them. If you want to be part of that process or see the results of several years of Terri's hard work identifying our local Arizona mycoflora, there is no better way than to join us for this zoom meeting.


    We want to encourage all Arizona Mushroom Society members to learn and use iNaturalist to help us learn more about the fungi in our area. This class is a prerequisite for anyone who registers for the Citizen Science Sky Island Fungi Survey on August 19-20, 2022.

    • 14 Jul 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82831379801

    If you are a beginner, amateur, or expert mycologist, one of the most important tools in your tool bag is the iNaturalist app.


    Join Scientific Committee Chair Terri Clements, for a zoom meeting to learn about the one tool you can use to both better identify fungi (plants and animals too), contribute to research-grade databases for scientists, and tap into the vast knowledge of observations in your area. Terri will be discussing how we use the iNaturalist app to document fungi specimens that she then has DNA sequenced and identifies through phylogenetic analysis. iNaturalist is a key part of the process to  electronically record fungi specimens that are found (by anyone) and identify them. If you want to be part of that process or see the results of several years of Terri's hard work identifying our local Arizona mycoflora, there is no better way than to join us for this zoom meeting.


    We want to encourage all Arizona Mushroom Society members to learn and use iNaturalist to help us learn more about the fungi in our area. This class is a prerequisite for anyone who registers for the Citizen Science Sky Island Fungi Survey on August 19-20, 2022.

    • 06 Aug 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Clints Well, AZ
    • 60

    Registration to open in July

    Monsoon or no we're going to take a look around the woods first thing in August to see what fungi friends we can find and want you to come along!

    We will be hosting an Arizona Mushroom Society foray for you to join us to hike through the woods to look for and identify wild mushroom species. This is a great educational opportunity to find and learn about our local mycoflora. There is no charge for this event. It is available for Arizona Mushroom Society members to register until we reach capacity. Only registered members can participate.

    This foray event is separate from the Mushroom feast planned for the evening of the 6th. To attend both events, you must register for both separately.

    Please only register if you are sure you can attend. Spaces are limited and cancellations often mean other people cannot attend. Registrants can include one guest. Children over 5 years old may attend and must be under supervision of their parent(s) at all times. Dogs must be well-behaved and on-leash during the event. This event includes hiking at high elevation, sometimes in areas with heavy downed logs and debris, which can be difficult for children, dogs, and many of us as well!


    Summer forays are a valuable opportunity to learn about our local mycoflora, and while edibles are likely to be found it is not the goal of the foray. If you are interested in learning about local mushrooms, and have the time and transportation for you to attend, here is a chance for you.

    Please be sure to come to the event prepared for summer monsoon season in the high mountains. You will need hiking boots, sunscreen, water, rain gear, and basic first aid supplies. Plan to bring a lunch and snacks and a lot of water. There are no other stores or commerce opportunities once we depart from the Clints Well gas station. Please be sure to bring a trusty knife and netted or paper bags or baskets for collecting mushrooms. 

    • 06 Aug 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Strawberry Lodge
    • 80
    Registration is closed

    To celebrate the 2022 monsoon and all the wonders it brings, we have teamed up with the Strawberry Lodge to offer a mushroom feast with music, friends, and a good meal in the fruity heart of the forest!

    Join us to celebrate the return of the annual monsoon and support our local wildfire impacted communities with a feast at the Strawberry Lodge in Strawberry, AZ on the evening of Saturday, August 7, 2022 at 6pm.

    Chef Ricky Simone of the Strawberry Lodge will be making a delicious mushroom inspired buffet-style meal with the following menu:

    Each registration includes one meal for $25.00 per person. There is also an option to register and donate $20 to support local wildfire risk reduction efforts. Your registration will cover food and one non-alcoholic drink. Additional drinks will be available for cash at the event. 


    To join us for this celebration, please register here with payment. Any cancellations must occur no less than 3 days before the event for a refund. There will be no refunds for cancellations within 3 days of the event. All cancellations will be subject to a $10 fee. 

    Foray Participation

    Registration for this event is only for your participation in the meal at Strawberry Lodge and does not include registration for the Mogollon Rim Foray, occurring earlier the same day. The Mogollon Rim Foray must be registered for separately, here

    Lodging and Camping Options

    Overnight lodging is not available at this time at the Strawberry Lodge, but you can book a room at the surrounding locations, including the Strawberry Inn, Pine Creek Cabins, and a number of individual lodging available through airbnb or similar services. There are additional options in the nearby town of Payson, AZ, which is about a 20 minute drive. For those interested in camping, the Strawberry Lodge has generously offered space at their private property for guests of the event to pitch a tent on the large lawn or pull up and camp with small or medium sized trailers.

    Community Wildfire Support

    Strawberry, AZ is still recovering from the 2021 Backbone Fire and is at high risk of high severity wildfire in the future as well. To support future fuels reduction and wildfire safety for the communities of Pine and Strawberry, you can choose to register for the meal+donation option, which will result in a $20 donation from your registration cost to Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction, Inc., whose mission is to reduce the risk of catastrophic fire in and around the Rim Country communities of Pine and Strawberry.

    • 12 Aug 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 14 Aug 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Alpine, AZ

    - Information Only - Registration Opens in July - 

    Arizona Mushroom Society ANNUAL FORAY


    Mark your calendars for the August 12-14 Annual Foray in Alpine, Arizona in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. The annual foray is our annual opportunity to spend a weekend learning about, finding, talking about and eating wild Arizona fungi! 

    This year we are bringing in and partnering with some AMAZING folks to give you the opportunity to learn and experience wild mushroom hunting with the best. The main goal of our events is education, which is why we couldn't be more please to host star citizen scientist and talented photographer Alan Rockefeller AND our very own Arizona Mushroom Society Scientific Committee Chair and also star citizen scientist, Terri Clements.

    Alan will be providing the events Saturday evening presentation, and both Terri and Alan will be sharing their collective knowledge of fungi we find on forays and at the Table talk on Sunday morning.

    For those of you looking forward to some excellent and local food, we are very excited to share that wild food chefs Brett Vibber and Jaren Bates of Wild Arizona Cuisine, will be joining us to provide an Arizona Mushroom Society fungi feast on Saturday night. Do yourself a favor and make sure you sign up for what is guaranteed to be the best AMS annual foray meal.

    Wild Arizona Cuisine will also have breakfasts and brown bag lunches available for purchase locally in Alpine, AZ.

    We are also making available camping opportunities at the local Luna Lake Campground, and partnering with the nearby guest lodge, Aspen Lodge. Those who want to reserve a campsite at Luna Lake for tent or trailer camping can reserve a spot here.

    For those who want slightly more developed facilities or a spot for your RV with hook ups, we encourage you to rent a place at the Aspen Lodge! They have a number of accommodations including a bunkhouse for a group, chalets, and small cabins at very affordable prices.