Monday, May 2, 2011

May 2, 2011

For the past 5 years several local mycologists including yours truly have been making extended visits to a group of islands off the Northwest coast of British Columbia called Haida Gwaii (they were called the Queen Charlotte Islands until recently, when the ancestral rights of the Haida Nation were recognized). Haida Gwaii is an archipelago of more than 150 islands with a total land area of just over 10,000 square kilometres.

Our visits were undertaken to collect and identify as many of the fungi of the islands as possible. 
Over the five years, we made eight field trips to Haida Gwaii of ten to fourteen days. In all, 113 areas were visited (53 in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, 12 in Naikoon Provincial Park),
and we made and preserved 2906 collections representing 615 species, and documented 812 species of fungi (not including lichens) from all available sources. We collected on nineteen islands, 17 of which lie entirely within Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve. The islands range in size from 0.5 hectares to the over 648,000 hectares of Graham Island.

In this blog entry, I show pictures of several of the more unusual fungi we found.
We have now compiled our information and pictures into a book 'The Outer Spores - Mushrooms of Haida Gwaii' which will be published very soon and will be available from my little publishing house, Mycologue.

There are lots (hundreds) of pictures, so I have enough to illustrate quite a few blogs...
Here are the first 4 - a rather diverse bunch!

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