Volunteers and attendees had a blast in the rain at the 19th Annual Fungus Among Us Mushroom Festival
Whistler Naturalists would like to thank the volunteers and attendees who had a blast in the rain at our 19th Annual Fungus Among Us Mushroom Festival this past weekend.
We started with presentations and mushroom walks to 22 classes (over 500 students!) At local elementary schools — Spring Creek, Myrtle Philip and La Passerelle School. It was great to see so many students excited about mushrooms. Thanks to school presenters Andy MacKinnon, Kevin Trim, Paul Kroeger, David Walde, Kem Luther, Luke Mikler and Christina Nick.
We would also like to thank our “Talks with Gurus” presenters: Andy and Kem who introduced us to their new book Mushrooms of British Columbia (now number 1 on the BC bestseller list); Thom O’Dell for his presentation on fungi and mental health; and Joern Rohde for judging and announcing the winners of the Fantastic Fungi Photo Contest. You can find a recording of the lectures on our website: Whistlernaturalists.ca.
Congratulations to the winners of the photo competition in each category: Magali Lalonde-Legault for Captivating Color and Weird and Wonderful; Aurora Moore for Gorgeous Gills; Liz Barrett for Tiny Toadstools; and Adam Smith for Fungal Fun. These photos and other wonderful entries can also be viewed on our website.
The Saturday morning “Walks with the Gurus” brought back at least 150 different species of mushrooms which were displayed in tents in the afternoon. When new event species are added to the Whistler Biodiversity Project list, we expect the total documented mushroom species in Whistler to now exceed 900!
Finally, the Whistler Naturalists would also like to thank our major sponsors: the Whistler Community Foundation, AWARE and the Resort Municipality of Whistler. Thanks also to the wonderful support of Nesters Market, Tantalus Lodge, Whistler Bike Co., Avalanche Pizza, Whistler Cooks, Whistler Museum, Whistler Library, Creekside Market, Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council, Canadian Wilderness Adventures and Whistler Biodiversity Project.
See you next year, as always, the weekend after Thanksgiving.
Kristina Swerhun, Bob Brett // Whistler Naturalists