May 4, 2011

Mushroom Maynia: Fun with fungi at the Burke May 15

Which mushrooms are safe to eat or grow, and which are not? You can find out that an more at Mushroom Maynia! The family-friendly event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the Burke Museum.

A family enjoys an earlier Mushroom Maynia at the Burke.

A family enjoys an earlier Mushroom Maynia at the Burke.

Activities will include mushroom cultivation, taste testing, crafts made with mushroom dye, and talks from mycology experts with a series of presentations held throughout the day. Mycologist Daniel Winkler will present “Caterpillar Fungus: Creepy Killer Mushroom & Tibet’s Cash Cow” at 2 pm.

Fungi play an important role in the ecological life of the Pacific Northwest. Mycology, the study of fungi, is intimately connected to the studies of forestry, botany, ecology, medicine, and the culinary arts. You can explore these marvelous mushrooms and leave with recipes, mushroom adventure plans, and a new appreciation for these funky fungi.

Mushroom Maynia is made possible by the Daniel E. Stuntz Memorial Foundation, whose mission is to raise awareness of the wonderful world of fungi. This event is presented by the Puget Sound Mycological Society and the Burke Museum.

Parking is free on on Sundays at the UW.

Heres a tentative schedule of talks during Mushroom Maynia:

  • 10:15 a.m., Patrice Benson, “The Marvelous Morel.”
  • 11 a.m., Fletcher Street, “A Look Inside a Commercial Mushroom Growing Operation.”
  • Noon, Katherine Glew, “Lichens: A Fungus Living in Sym(biosis).”
  • 1 p.m., Denis Benjamin, “Mushrooms — Delicious or Deadly — Who Gets Poisoned and Why?”
  • 2 p.m., Daniel Winkler, “Caterpillar Fungus: Creepy Killer Mushroom & Tibet’s Cash Cow.”
  • 3 p.m., Charles LeFevre, “Diamonds Under the Douglas Fir, Introduction to Truffles and Truffle Cultivation in the Pacific Northwest.”

For more information about the Burke Museum and its programs, visit online.