VIRTUAL Mushroom classes
Mushroom identification with Leah Bendlin
April 12 – Introduction to Mushroom Identification
In this online class, local mushroom enthusiast Leah Bendlin will teach the basics of mushroom identification for beginners, including physical features, ecology and anecdotes about mushroom oddities and beauty.
April 19 – Common Spring Mushroom Identification
Learn some of the most common and memorable mushrooms found in spring in the Pacific Northwest. We will focus on common edibles like oysters and morels, as well as on less commonly noticed but interesting and beautiful species. Learn how to tell edibles apart from poisonous or just otherwise tricky potential lookalikes, noting particular physical features and habitats that will help you to identify them on your own.
About the instructor:
Leah Bendlin is a Portland based mushroom and community science enthusiast. When Leah moved to the Pacific Northwest, a friend took her out for a chanterelle hunt. She was so fascinated by them and the abundance of other mushrooms she set out to teach herself – and a chance encounter soon became a life passion. Leah became obsessed with mushroom taxonomy and all the facets that go into the hunt, learning to read the land for signs of treasure. In 2015, she was elected to the board of directors of the Oregon Mycological Society, where she currently also serves as a teacher, speaker and identifier. You can view her mushroom-centric Instagram account @Leah_myceli.