Fungi Foray with Hugues Massicotte

Explore the incredible world of fungi at KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest at EcoFair on S,DÁYES, Pender Island this fall!

From October 22-23, 2022, Dr. Hugues Massicotte will be on S,DÁYES for EcoFair, an initiative organized by Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Pender Islands Conservancy, and PenderPOD. He will be leading two guided fungi forays through KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest near Razor Point, North Pender Island to introduce visitors and residents to the amazing biodiversity that lives on and below the forest floor! 

Hugues Massicotte is a botanist and mycologist who earned his PhD at the University of Guelph before relocating to British Columbia, where he worked as a Professor of Forest Biology at the University of Northern British Columbia for 26 years. Having recently retired, Dr. Massicotte is now an Emeritus Professor at UNBC. His research interests include the structure and biodiversity of mycorrhizae, tree and rhizosphere biology, and forest mycology. He has published extensively in a number of international scientific journals.

Hugues Massicotte leans against the railing on a deck with trees in the background.
Biologist and mycologist, Dr. Hugues Massicotte.

What is a fungi foray?

There are entire blended communities of amateur and professional fungi-loving folks who organize their whole fall-season around exploratory fungi hunting! These trips into the forest are often referred to as “forays.” The purpose of a fungi foray can be to hunt for edible mushrooms, collect specimens for scientific study, educate new fungi enthusiasts, or simply to enjoy the diversity of mushrooms. Known to last for as little as an hour, or as long as a week, it is important to be prepared for a fungi foray. Make sure to wear appropriate clothing, including comfortable (and waterproof!) footwear, raingear, and plenty of water. Also, there are often opportunities to collect specimens for further inspection; if you plan to do so, a few items you might like to bring along include a basket, wax paper, and a knife for easy collecting. 

Mold on a mushroom explodes, close up.
Mold on mushrooms. By Hugues Massicotte.

EcoFair fungi foray details

There are two chances to attend a fungi foray at KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest. Attendance at each event will be capped at 15 people to ensure all participants are able to clearly hear and learn from Dr. Massicotte. Those interested can register on the EcoFair Eventbrite page.

Saturday October, 22Sunday October, 22
Time: 11AM – 1:30 PMTime: 9AM – 11:30 AM
Location: KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher ForestLocation: KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest

To celebrate the end of the year, we are so happy to be able to offer matching campaigns on two of our most pressing fundraising initiatives.

All donations to both the Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure acquisition and our KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest initiative, will be matched until the end of the year. This is a great opportunity for our supporters, like you, to make your impact go twice as far, while benefiting from tax deductions.

Help us secure KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest on S,DÁYES (Pender Island). Together with Pender Islands Conservancy, Raincoast is raising $2.18 million to purchase a 45 acre coastal property on the edge of the Salish Sea.

Safeguarding Coastal Carnivores in the Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure. We are currently raising funds to stop commercial trophy hunting in more than a quarter of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia.