Virtually every habitat found anywhere in the entire Cascadia Region, from southern Alaska to Central California and from the ocean to the west slopes of the Rocky Mountains, can be found within just 40 miles of the Columbia River Gorge.
As a result of this incredible diversity, the Gorge is home to a stunning variety of fungi. Some species are common and found in many parts of the Cascadia Ecosystem, while others are entirely unique to the Gorge. Join Dr. Michael Beug for an introduction to some of this fantastic fungal diversity and learn about how much is still to be discovered.
Michael Beug started mushrooming in 1969 and began photographing fungi in 1973. He has discovered more than 50 new mushroom species and his photographs have appeared in over 80 books and articles. In 1975, he joined the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) and the Pacific Northwest Key Council and he specializes in identification of the Ascomycota, the genus Ramaria, and all toxic and hallucinogenic mushrooms. Currently, Michael is researching oak-associated fungi of the Columbia River Gorge, especially Cortinarius species.