Gary Lincoff IS the Telluride Mushroom Festival and embodies what makes this festival so great. Whether he is banging a drum in the parade, expertly identifying the random mushroom (or thing you thought was a mushroom but was really a stick) you bring him on a foray, delivering a brilliant and thoughtful keynote, sharing a mushroom song, or explaining the latest science news from mushroom underground, Gary provides all festival attendees with the true Telluride experience.
Gary is the only person (to my knowledge) that has attended the festival EVERY SINGLE YEAR since 1981. When you attend this year's festival, make it a point to go on a foray with Gary, or even just say "hi". And be sure to catch his talk---you'll leave inspired to be an amateur mycologist!
Gary Lincoff teaches mushroom identification and plant science courses year-round at the New York Botanical Garden. Gary attends as many forays and gives as many lectures as his teaching schedule permits. Each weekend of the year that he's home (NYC), even over winter, he is conducting a mushroom survey in the parks of New York City with the New York Mycological Society. Much of what they are doing is available on his website: Garylincoff.comis the author or editor of several books and articles on mushrooms, including The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. . Among many other publications, Gary has written the Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms, The Complete Mushroom Hunter, and the Joy of Foraging. He has co-led mushroom study tours to over 30 countries on every continent except Antarctica. He is one of the co-founders of the Telluride Mushroom Festival, and has attended every annual foray since its inception in 1981.
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