Girdwood Fungus Fair

We put the "Fun" in Fungus Fair

10th Annual Girdwood Fungus Fair will return in 2017!

Mark your Calendars Aug.25-27th 2017

Registration for 2017 forays and workshops begin Aug. 1st, 2017

Fungus Fair is now brought to you by the newly formed Turnagain Arm Mycological Society. We meet monthly at the Girdwood Community Room. Join us April 19, 7-8pm for the next meeting!

Membership application forms can be downloaded here. For announcements on future meetings and club activities, Like the Girdwood Fungus Fair Facebook page or sign up for emails on the membership form.

Our Presenters and Foray leaders for 2017:

Philippe Amstislavski

Currently associate professor of Public Health at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, Philippe is originally from the Polar Ural, and has also worked in the interior and northwestern Alaska. He is knowledgeable of fungal communities on both sides of the Bering straight, especially polypores and other cold-resilient wood decomposers for biomaterials and food cultivation. His teaching and research draws from an unusual blend of knowledge and experiences, from environmental toxicology, mycology, architecture, and from mushroom farming in Alaska. He leads the Biomaterials Lab at UAA, where his team develops mycelium based thermal insulation alternatives to plastic foams. You can read more about Dr. Amstislavski's work here and in the Alaska Dispatch news here. Philippe will be leading a mushroom growing workshop and giving a talk at this year's Fungus Fair.

Steve Trudell

The Pacific Northwest Fungus Master is back! Author of Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest (a must-have reference for this part of Alaska) and Tricholomas of North America, Steve will once again grace us with his vast myco-knowledge. He has been identifying and photographing mushrooms and studying their ecology for over 30 years. Steve belongs to the Mycological Society of America, North American Mycological Association, and the International Mycorrhiza Society, writes for several mycological publications, and frequently serves as foray mycologist or invited lecturer for mycological societies and other nature groups. His research interests include the roles of fungi in forest nutrient cycling (bio excerpt borrowed from Timberpress).  Copies of his books will be available for purchase at the Fungus Fair, along with autograph opportunities!

Kitty LaBounty

Kitty LaBounty got her botanical start as a young girl growing up in Oregon collecting plants and lichens in the basket of her bicycle. While working towards a degree in botany at the University of Washington, she journeyed to Southeast Alaska as a student volunteer botanists for the USFS ecosystem inventory and mapping project. She fell in love with the region and has now made Sitka her home for more than 30 years.

In addition to her life-long interest in plant ecology and identification, Ms. LaBounty is a passionate gardener, wild food harvester, and dabbler in fungi and lichen-based natural dyes. She enjoys sharing her passions with others - listeners of Raven Radio (KCAW) may recognize her voice as one of the long-time hosts of the Garden Show. She has regularly taught a fall mushroom workshop in Sitka, and worked with many students at the University of Alaska Southeast on science examining the relationships and roles of fungi in the ecosystem. More recently, she has piloted a course on the Flora of Southeast Alaska for the University of Alaska.

In 2017 LaBounty is taking part in the Sitka Big Year Project, an effort to document all of the fungi, flora and fauna of the greater Sitka area and will be happy to talk about highlights of the project with anyone interested.

Karen Dillman

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The Girdwood Fungus Fair thanks the Byrne Family and Alyeska Resort for their continued generous support of the Fungus Fair Formal. 


 Mushrooms of National Forests in Alaska brochure features 51 species commonly found in South Central AK. You can pick up your free copy at any USFS Ranger Station, Supervisory Office, or Visitor Center in Alaska or at the Girdwood Fungus Fair. You can also view a web based version by clicking HERE










Some pictures from 2008, 2009,  2010 and 2011 are still posted and can be downloaded from HERE by clicking on the photo you want, then selecting "all sizes" from the menu at the top, then click "Download Full Size".