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LAMS is a non-profit group whose purpose is to foster and expand the understanding and appreciation of mycology (that 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 greater Los Angeles area.


October 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

Program: "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 that prayer.

Bob Cummings has prepared an informative summary of his presentation which is available on the Calendar page, along with biographical information about the speaker.

No LAMS forays are scheduled at this time, due to dry weather.


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