Jun 012017

Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges, Lake Eacham Qld.

This will be led by the world renowned Truffle expert and all round good guy, Dr Jim Trappe, who will be teaching us and identifying our finds.

Jim has been traveling to Australia for the last 30 plus years hunting and identifying our truffle species.  He is very knowledgeable and has mentored Australian specialist such as Teresa Lebel  and Sandra Abell.  He has written many papers, named many species and assisted many of our mycologists and field mycologists.

Jim has been crucial in the success of Australia’s edible truffle industry and is sponsored by the Braidwood Truffle Festival. Thank you Peter Marshall.

We are very privileged to have him join us, especially since the celebration of his 79th Birthday.

If you would like to join us at Lake Eacham in Far North Queensland, please contact Susie Webster:
Email – Susie.rvsm [at] gmail.com

May 192017
IndigiScapes:Indigi Day Out

Come along to our biggest event of the year to celebrate World Environment Day!
Enjoy native animal displays, market and environmental stalls, native plant sales, arts and craft, fun for the kids, live music including our headline act “The Troy Brady Band” in acknowledgment of National Reconciliation Week.

For more information go to the Redlands IndigiScapes Centre Website

May 192017
Open Day at the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens.

This is part of a nation-wide event highlighting the work and value of botanic gardens communities – displaying, educating, protecting and researching – connecting plants and people in all possible ways. This year the Friends of MRBBG are sharing the event with community partners interested in native plants, wildlife, art and mycology (mushrooms and fungi).

Sunday with Friends – in the Botanic Gardens, Arts & Ecology Centre
Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, Palm Creek Road, Tanawha

Sunday 28 May, 8.30am to Lunch.

Organised by the Friends of the Gardens, the morning will include koala-spotting as well as guided walks, displays and free information on local plants and wildlife.

Learn fascinating facts about fungi, and find out why our Gardens are so special. There will be refreshments and light lunches available or bring a picnic and finish the day soaking in the tranquil diversity of our bushland gardens and walking trails.

For more information contact friendsofMRBBG[at]gmail.com

Apr 282017

There will be two reports given on recent QMS projects. Megan Prance will speak about the Brisbane Fungi Project and Sandra Tuszynska on the Woodfordia Project.

As always, members are also asked to bring something of interest, for example specimens, a book, or to speak briefly about such things as an interesting web site or a favourite species, etc..

Apr 032017

Join us for an interesting foray into the fabulous world of fungi! Workshop presented by the Qld Mycological Society and includes a forage in the forest to find some fungi.

When: Saturday, 29th Apr 2017 10:00am-12:30pm. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to event start and report to the registration table upon arrival.

Where: Springwood Girl Guide Hall, at the entrance to Springwood Conservation Park off Springwood Road, Springwood. (Approx. 385 Springwood Rd., Springwood.)

Ages: Family friendly.

What to bring: Hat and water. Please wear enclosed shoes and long pants. Light morning tea will be provided.

Admission: Free

Bookings essential: https://fantasticfungi.eventbrite.com.au

This event is run by Logan City Council for Logan residents. Other interested parties, including south-side members of the QMS, are most welcome!

Mar 222017

This is the Annual General Meeting of the Queensland Mycological Society.

Special Guest speaker Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher will be presenting Mates – mycorrhiza and endophytes fungi that plants need.

Mar 222017

Members will remember previous forays held at this venue.

There has been rain and lots of fungi are coming up at Bellthorpe, so do come along and help us record them. We will spend the morning in the field starting at 9.

Bring a picnic lunch, we will discuss what we have found over lunch and a cup of tea and aim to finish by just after 2 pm as some members need to get back for evening engagements.

Please let Patrick Leonard know by e-mail if you are intending to attend.

If you have not been here before Patrick will send a map.

There are lots of leeches out as a result of the heavy run so come suitably clothed with your Bushmans extra strength or whatever other potion you favour.

For more details about this foray and how to contact Patrick, please go to our Calendar of Events.

Mar 132017

QMS was successful in the Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor’s Community Sustainability and Environmental Grants Program 2016-2017. Our project (ENV00203) is titled “Mentoring for mastering mycological identification skills and community engagement” has been fully funded.

Dr Tony Young (© A.M. Young)

The project aims to build capacity to address the severe lack of people trained to identify fungi in Brisbane. It will:

  • Engage community members in discovering, collecting and identifying fungi in Brisbane. They will develop better understanding of the environment and the interplay between the fauna, flora and fungal kingdoms
  • Train the collectors to make quality collections with the required notes to make identification easier. They will learn the many steps required before identification is commenced
  • Add to the species list of fungi found in Brisbane
  • Build capacity among our members by mentoring collectors through the identification process, finding literature, using microscopes, recognizing the features and use of keys
  • Allow the purchase of a marque branded with Queensland Mycological Society logo.

In April forays will be held in Oxley and Riverhills (lack of rain may lead to venue change). Dr Tony Young will guide participants in making good collections and in the afternoon will lead workshops to teach participants how to best record their finds. He will take us through all the things you can do without a microscope. This will include making spore prints, chemical testing needed for identification and give guidance towards identification of the specimens we find.

Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher (© M. Prance)

The participants will continue to work on their collections and other specimens found in Brisbane and then Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher will follow up in Phase 2 with very special sessions of mentoring.

All QMS members are asked to make collections of their Brisbane finds this year to assist this project. Early data analysis indicates we have only identified less than 10% of the possible macro fungal species in Brisbane.

Spaces are very limited so please contact Megan Prance directly at Megan.prance [at] icloud.com.

Lets get mushrooming!

(© M. Prance)

(© M. Prance)

Feb 162017

There will be reports on the following forays:

  • Chermside Hills (26th January)
  • Baroon Pocket Dam, Montville (18th February)
  • Ben Bennett Park, Caloundra (18th March)

Members are also asked to bring something of interest, for example specimens, a book, or to speak briefly about such things as an interesting web site or a favourite species, etc..