Joe Matanzas

Joined: Dec 9, 2020 Last Active: Sep 29, 2023 iNaturalist

I am a member of the Southern Mycological Association since 2013. The club is in Boise, was founded in 1976 and has hosted two NAMA forays. We also regularly organize two Forays per year, Spring and Fall, in McCall, Idaho. A few years ago, Robert Chehey, long time member and past SIMA President, graciously provided me with a copy of all of SIMA's collection records and notes, which I currently maintain in a new database. Most of my posting here are my own, but occasionally, one could be a collection from a Foray, or from a friend.
I have been interested in and curious about mushrooms since I was a child growing up in the Basque country, where, traditionally, mushrooms are viewed with a mystical mix of devotion and terror. Now that I am retired (I was involved in manufacturing in Meridian, Idaho for many years) I spent quite a lot of time studying the taxonomy of fungi, an activity in which I find purpose. I use microscopy often, and recently we began DNA sequencing some of them.

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