Summer has hit us full blast, and many regions have seen an abundance of mushrooms this year!
Our annual Great Alberta Mushroom Foray (GAMF) is the AMS’s signature event held typically every September long weekend. GAMF combines citizen science with our shared culinary interests in fungi. Fungi are gathered using formalized collection protocols and later identified by participants. Some participants are learned mycologists, while others are Society members; together we amass the typical fungi found in the varied (and not so varied) ecosystems in central Alberta. GAMF is an amazing opportunity to connect with the outdoors, listen and watch presentations, and participate in mushroom-related activities especially for people new to fungi and avid nature enthusiasts. We buckle down with fellow nature lovers to work at identifying the mushrooms we find. GAMF is crucial in helping us to identify and monitor what kinds of mushroom species are growing in Alberta, and we often find new, rare and exciting species.
GAMF will be held in the hamlet of Mulhurst Bay at Pigeon Lake. The site has dormitories separated by gender, a large and small meeting room, sports fields, shared fire pits, a gazebo, and likely lots of fungi given the rains we have had so far in Alberta. The weekend starts with two pre-GAMF forays followed by GAMF registration, a meet and greet evening social kick off event on September 2. GAMF continues with two full days of forays and identification. The event closes the morning of September 5, 2022, with an Expo-like display.
Check out our events to register for GAMF!