Trees, Birds, Fungi and Insects Another Circle of Life in the Old Growth Forests

"Paul discusses just one of the many intersecting circles of life in the old growth forests. And thanks to noted ornithologist  Dr. Steve Herman for confirming these markings are from the pileated woodpecker who stated  "They sometimes work for years on something like this, returning daily or at least frequently to nonetheless place for beetle larvae and/or to beat in the excavation.  They would have other similar site they would mine regularly."

 For additional reading see:

Woodpeckers carry wood-eating fungi that may help them dig holes:

Kerry L. Farris, Martin J. Huss, and Steve Zack (2004) THE ROLE OF FORAGING WOODPECKERS IN THE DECOMPOSITION OF PONDEROSA PINE SNAGS. The Condor: February 2004, Vol. 106, No. 1, pp. 50-59.


Communing with the Bees! Video @ WSU benefit

Communing with the Bees!

As part of our ‪#‎bee‬-‪#‎mushroom‬ efforts, in collaboration with Drs. Steve Sheppard and Brandon Hopkins at the #Bee Research Lab at the Washington State University, Paul Stamets blessed by the bees. As part of our 'give back' ‪#‎GBAC‬ ( ‪#‎GiveBeesAChance‬ ) program, Paul, Dusty and the Fun-guys and Fung-gals at Host Defense & Starship FP donated $ 50,000 for research.

Paul says:
This is an all hands on deck moment. We face imminent threats to food ‪#‎biosecurity‬ as - according to top bee researchers - bee health is increasingly threatened worldwide, and the trends are worsening. We try to walk our talk and appreciate the support from all of you. We and the bees thank you! If you wish to join in this effort, go to our Http://

‪#‎apiary‬ ‪#‎beeyard‬

Photos by Betsy Bullman:
Paul Stamets, Earthling, Director of Research Fungi Perfecti, LLC
Senator Judy Warnick, 13th Legislative District, WA State
Dr. Dan Bernardo, Provost & Executive Vice President, Washington State University

Wood Chip fermentation at the Ranch

Spring is here! Time to start your submerged fermentation for expanding naturalized mycelium (wild mushroom patch) or to inoculate with lab grown spawn. 

Air dry for 2 hours, 2 inches deep and recommended to rake the wood chips mid drying to speed the process before inoculation.

Fruiting should occur in the fall, recommended expansion rates are 1:10 to 1:50 ratio. 

Happy Mycelium Running! - Paul

PLEASE NOTE: this is an microbial soup so wearing gloves for this process is highly recommended and even so thoroughly wash your hands afterwards. If you have cuts or immuno-compromised, be extra careful.

Read about this process in Mycelium Running!

Paul Stamets - How Mushrooms Can Save Bees & Our Food Supply | Bioneers 2014

In this 6th Age of Extinctions, the biosphere’s life-support systems that have allowed humans to ascend are collapsing. Visionary mycological researcher/inventor Paul Stamets illuminates how fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer uniquely powerful, practical solutions we can implement now to boost the biosphere’s immune system and equip us with benign breakthrough mycotechnologies to accelerate the transition to a restored world.

This speech was given at the 2014 Bioneers Annual Conference.

"Since 1990, Bioneers has acted as a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world's most pressing environmental and social challenges. 

To experience talks like this, please join us at the Bioneers National Conference each October, and regional Bioneers Resilient Community Network gatherings held nationwide throughout the year.

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Psychoactivity Conference - Amsterdam 1999: ‪#‎Psilocybin‬ ‪#‎Mushrooms‬ of the World: Powerful Allies

Psychoactivity Conference - Amsterdam 1999: ‪#‎Psilocybin‬ ‪#‎Mushrooms‬ of the World: Powerful Allies
The First Psychoactivity Conference: A Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Plants, ‪#‎Shamanism‬ & States of ‪#‎Consciousness‬‪#‎PaulStamets‬ shared the stage with Christian Raetsch, Alex Grey, Giorgio Samorini, and other pioneers. ‪#‎fungi‬