Gene Butler’s passing

Hello Mushroom Enthusiasts & Members of the Mushroom Community,

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the news of Gene Butler’s passing. Not only was Gene the SW WA Mycological Society’s esteemed honorary adviser, but he was the founder of the local Club 5 years ago. He also helped found the Snohomish County Mycological Society 35+ years ago. Through his countless hours of volunteerism with developing educational programs, keying out the specific genera in a published book, and the willingness to share his vast technical knowledge on mycology, the mushroom community is forever grateful.

Just the other day when he was bit frustrated with his recalling of a specific uncommon specimen, I had jokingly told him, he has forgotten more about the taxonomy of mushrooms than most of us will ever learn in a lifetime & not to fret. I think we’re all in agreement with that statement. His passing has left a giant chasm in the mushroom community. Gene became an integral part of the mushroom community beginning in the 1970s with assisting the original Pacific Northwest Key Council stretching over several states & spanning over 40 plus years. Gene was a well known & respected member of the local community through his involvement of various organizations & Lewis County has lost a great citizen.

We will share with you as more details become available regarding Gene’s celebration of life ceremony. Please feel free to share this within the mushroom community as Gene Butler was a very well known & highly respected mycologist. Our hearts are saddened by the loss of our dear friend.

Heather Loose

International Truffle Expo-2016

Their first ever International Truffle Expo given by Alana McGee and Kristin Rosenbach wowed many people. This fabulous and delightful event brought enthusiasts from different regions of our US continental.

Friday, Bonnie and I attended the Hunter -Gatherer Dinner at Novelty Hill-Januik winery, a charming place.






Daniel Winkler entertained us for awhile as we knew no-one.



Executive Chef Seth Fernald (L) and Sous Chef Jeff Zanatta along with their staff skillfully prepared our meal with care.


Sous Chef Jeff Zanatta playful entertained us.




Toppings on Duck breast


A load of Oregon Black Truffle (Leucangium carthusianum) dug up by the truffle dogs that day, hours before our divine meal.


Alana McGee came over to slice black truffles over our enchanting meal.


Pictures shown are the starter, Bonnie’s short ribs, my Mushroom en Papillote, all topped with sliced black truffles, and the lovely dessert.


Starter: Cavatelli Pasta topped with black truffles.


Bonnie’s short ribs topped with more black truffles.img_2470

My medley of mushrooms were: yellow chanterelles, baby Helvella lacunosa, and Craterellus tubaeformis, topped with more black truffles.


Many rich flavors in this delicious dessert. Porcini and a small slice of pickled matsutake mushroom were part of it.


Each table of eight received a piece of black truffle to be grated or sliced onto our meal. Our truffle was dug by DaVinci, a Belgian Tervuren.




Bonnie and I sat at the best table, our group were engaging wine connoisseurs dominating the wine, and we happily monopolized the black truffle;-)




Booth set up took place at the Columbia Winery. Having Bonnie was a huge plus! she was able to hang our banner without any trouble.img_2476

An attractive, educational display.





There were many vendors sharing all kinds of tasty truffle samples.



Alana McGee with her truffle dog, a Lagotto Romangnolo named Lolo.


Other breeds of truffle dogs.



It was truly an enjoyable one night, a productive, and exciting two days.





Saturday’s foray, 10/29/16

Seventeen diehard mushroomers showed up braving the huge raindrops Saturday. They are truly true ‘Washitonians’; my kind of foragers. 😃 Nope, I did not miscount, several left early.


Although cantharellus cibarius was not abundant, there were a little to take home for the pot.

Edibles found:

1. Cantharellus cibarius /yellow chanterelle
2. Cantharellus subalbidus /white chanterelle
3. Craterellus tubaeformis /winter chantrelle/yellow foot (this has been renamed from: Cantharellus tubaeformis)
4. Boletus zelleri (not the Boletus mirablis)
5. Rozites caperata (gypsy)
6. Clitocybe nuda or Lepista nuda/blewit
7. Lactarius rubrilateus /bleeding milk cap
8. Cortinarius violaceus
9. Armillaria mellea/ honey mushroom
10. Russula Xerampelina/shrimp mushroom
11. Sarcodon fuscoindicum

A HUGE thank you to Margaret for those delicious cupcakes to end the day with.

Many non edibles were found, sharing a few of them…


Laccaria bicolor


genus unknown



nope, not a Lactarius rubidus or candy cap. Candy cap caps are not sticky, slimy, or shiny which these were, and L. rubidus also releases white milk liquid when caps are cut which these do not.


Another angle of the Laccaria bicolor.


Genus: Hygrophorus aka waxy caps. A large diverse genus


Underside of the Hygrophorus piceae


top of Hygrophorus piceae


Tricholomas, the two yellow ones are: Tricholoma zelleri


Hygrophorus bakerensis aka ‘Starbucks latte’ excellent delicious strong scent of almond


Lepiota clypeolaria NOTE: This and and other small species should not be eaten!


Laccaria amethystio-occidentales


Grown up Laccaria amethystio-occidentalis

Tricholoma equestre, T. flavovirens aka ‘man on horseback’. Although David Arora’s text: All that the Rain Promises and More…states that it is edible, recent poisoning has been recorded.


A cute dainty Myxomphalia maura, grows on burnt wood.


Chondostereum purpureum, a fungus that attacks trees, ugh!


Cultivation Workshop, August 20, 2016

Thank you to both Judi DuBois, and Jim Smith for hosting our annual cultivation workshop at their home. A wonderful time socializing with members, participating in rolling of the straw and blue oyster spawn, learning about the mushroom life cycle, filling our bags and jam packing it fully, and of course, enjoying all the delectable potluck dishes that everyone brought.

And a huge thank you to Kurt for an educational presentation of cultivating blue oyster mushrooms. We’ve learned a lot! And we anxiously look forward to seeing them popping out of the kit to throw in the pot.

Thank you to all our members who attended this fun event, and we look forward to seeing you again.

Thank you, Jim and Cindy Goodwin for taking this great pictures.

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New Mushroom: Cortinarius kroegeri

Paul Kroeger, a well known Canadian mycologist, who was one of our speakers in 2013 from Vancouver, BC, has a new species of the genus Cortinarius named in his honor.

This mushroom, Cortinarius kroegeri, is only known from the western North America, but further study will be necessary to determine this for certain.

Applause, applause, Paul, well done!

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Subject: New species of Cortinarius named in Paul Kroeger’s honour

Few days ago, a new species of the genus Cortinarius was named in Paul Kroeger’s honour:
Cortinarius kroegeri Niskanen, Liimat., Harrower, Berbee, Garnica & Ammirati


Paul gave me two sets of photos of the two paratypes and I posted them on Mushroom Observer: (photo below) (photo below)

For the description proper, see

Adolf & Oluna Ceska, Victoria, BC

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Truffle Association of BC fund raising events – February 6 and 7

The Truffle Association of BC has organized 3 truffle-inspired events to raise funds to support the maintenance of their demonstration Perigord black truffle orchard at UBC Farm in Vancouver.

All events are being held on the mainland.

Two events are described in the attached poster (look at one of the links below this message). Ticket purchase information is in the poster.(
1) Trouble with Truffles – $30 – presentations on truffles by 4 truffle enthusiasts, truffle dog demonstration, visit to UBC Farm truffle orchard, Vancouver, Saturday February 6 3-5pm
2) Truffle Hunt & Lunch – $80 – truffle dog search of truffle orchard followed by lunch, tour and tasting at Bacchus Bistro, Chaberton Estate Winery, Langley, Sunday February 7 11am-5pm

The third event is described below. Ticket purchase information is at the web site below.
3) The Truffle Feast, at a venue in Vancouver called the supper club that seats 36. Guests pay a $20 deposit (plus service fee) in advance and remaining ($79) and tip in cash upon arrival. From Chef Robin of Swallow Tail Culinary adventures: “If you love the flavour of umami (savoury), fresh truffles are some of the most intoxicating and exotic mushrooms around. Chef Jacob Deacon-Evans (Wildebeest, West, Bishops) creates a lavish truffle dinner at the secret supper club while truffle hunter Brooke Fochuk and truffle expert Shannon Berch talk about the truffles that grow in BC. Learn how Brooke and her dog Dexter find these expensive underground gems in the forest. It’s like food treasure!” Dining is long table style at a secret location in Vancouver (details emailed after booking), bring some red or white Burgundy to pair, Saturday Feb 6th, 6:30pm, $99
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