The Bowen Nature Club was pleased to join with the Bowen Island Garden Club to welcome John Field, who led a mushroom foraging walk on October 20, followed by a presentation on “Foraging for Forest Mushrooms” the next day.
About two dozen brave souls braved the pounding rain to follow John through the forest in search of tasty and treacherous treats. The hike started at Thompson Rd with a brief presentation of mushrooms commonly found in Howe Sound, then quickly proceeded down the trail towards Fairy Fen. Along the way, participants scoured the forest floor and John identified the discovered treasures. It was wonderful to learn how many edible mushrooms are growing on Bowen.
Remember, never eat wild foraged mushrooms unless you are 110% sure what they are!
John is a retired science instructor at Capilano University in Sechelt, a Warden for Ambrose Lake Ecological Reserve, a founding member and former director of the Iris Griffith Interpretive Centre near Ruby Lake, and a naturalist “by inclination.” He has hosted many field trips, especially mushroom forays.