The IMA is honored to host an evening with mycologist and writer Britt Bunyard!
Come and let your neurons be stimulated like the nodes of a mycelial network!
Join mycologist and FUNGI Magazine editor Britt Bunyard for an exciting talk on the most up-to-date discoveries and uses of Chaga. Inonotus obliquus--chaga--is currently the "it" fungus. It has been used in Russian folk medicine since at least the 16th century.
Topics will include:
-Harvesting chaga responsibly
-The sex life of the fungus
-Proper identification and avoiding poisonous look-alikes
Britt's visit will be a very special treat for mycophiles who don't already know Bunyard's unique perspective and big personality. For more information about Briitt Bunyard and Fungi Magazine, visithttp://www.fungimag.com/.
(photo by David Spahr)
Britt Bunyard, PhD - Publisher & Editor-in-Chief
As a college professor Britt has taught a broad range of undergraduate and graduate Biology courses, including Evolution, Microbiology, Mycology, Invertebrate Zoology, Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Environmental Science.
The main focus of his research interests is on the coevolution of macrofungi and Diptera, the true flies. Scholarly achievements include publication of scientific papers in numerous research journals, book chapters, one patent, articles in popular science magazines, and one full-length book of travel essays from living in Southeast Asia. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of NAMA’s journal McIlvainea and newsletter The Mycophile, and as a Subject Editor for the Entomological Society of America’s journal Annals of the Entomological Society of America.
The IMA is comprised of mycologists and laypeople from all walks of life who share a common interest in the study of mushrooms. Individual members often have specific areas of interest and expertise, including mushroom foraging, taxonomy, cultivation, mycoremediation, mycorrhizas, medical mycology, yeasts, lichens, food spoilage, fermented foods, plant diseases, symbioses with animals, and edible, poisonous, and entheogenic fungi.
If you are new to mushrooming, joining a mushroom club will give you the opportunity to learn about the fungal diversity found during the annual cycle in Chicagoland and how to identify species properly and safely. Whether you’re an experienced mycophile or are new to the Kingdom of Fungi, we welcome your knowledge and companionship.
For non-IMA-members, there is a $5 suggested donation to attend our lecture series events. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please join us! Membership in the IMA is only $20 per year and includes participation in our monthly members-only forays. While our lecture series is open to the public, forays into the woods are limited to members only. This is because the IMA is a scientific and educational nonprofit that holds a scientific collector's permit to pick wild mushrooms for research and education. That's why only club members can come on forays. Club members also receive a great digital monthly newsletter with articles, recipes, research, art and information on additional events. You can become an IMA member at any IMA lecture series event, or by clicking here http://www.illinoismyco.org/home
North Park Village Nature Center is located at 5801 North Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois 60646. From the intersection of North Pulaski Road and West Ardmore Avenue, go east into the North Park Village Campus. Drive past the booth, you do not need to stop. At the T-junction, turn left. Then take a quick right. You will see the forest of the nature center on the left. Shortly you'll arrive at a parking lot on your right as you approach the front of the nature center building. The road between the parking lot and the main entrance may be blocked, but the center will still be open and accessible.
chaga photos by David Spahr http://mushroom-collecting.com/