LAMS is a non-profit group whose
is to foster and expand the understanding and appreciation of mycology
is the study of mushrooms and fungi).
We create and sponsor fun mushroom related events and help people learn about and identify mushrooms they find in the
19 (Monday) 7:30 PM LAMS General Meeting
Please see the Directions
page for an important update regarding a changed access route to the
Times-Mirror Meeting Room.
Speaker: Bob Cummings
Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Santa Barbara City College
"From Chanterelles to Death Caps: El Nino's Bountiful Gifts"
Bob Cummings leading a mushroom walk at
the 2011 Los Angeles Wild Mushroom Fair
Warm dry summers and mild wet winters
characterize the Mediterranean climate of the southern California coast,
and our mushroom season corresponds with winter rains. We basically have
two seasons: wet and dry. Grasslands turn green in December,
summer-dormant chaparral plants sprout and bloom…and mushrooms appear.
Total rainfall amounts vary greatly depending on global and local
phenomena, including the position of the jet stream, the California
Current flowing offshore, elevation and slope exposure. The
"average" rainfall is around 18 inches/year, but the past four
years of drought have resulted in single-digit totals and disappointing
mushroom collecting. Wet "El Nino" years, on the other hand,
have resulted in 40 inches of rain or more, and these wet years
correspond to an abundance of mushrooms. "Pray for rain!" is a
common phrase among mushroom hunters here, and the appearance of
Chanterelles and Porcini, among other familiar species, is the answer to
Bob Cummings has prepared an informative summary of his
presentation which is available on the
along with biographical information about the speaker.
No LAMS forays are
scheduled at this time, due to dry weather.
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