Welcome to PSMS!

We are an organization that encourages the research, education, cultivation, hunting, identification and the cooking of mushrooms. With over 1,200 members, PSMS
is one of the largest mycological societies in the country.

We share our knowledge about mushrooms through meetings, classes, workshops and field trips.

Please join us at a meeting or become a member today!

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PSMS Events Update

  • Our Annual Fall Wild Mushroom show will be virtual. For more information click on "Wild Mushroom Show" under the Events heading at the top of this page.

  • General Meetings are virtual at this time and speakers are listed on the right hand side of this page. The link to access the October 13th meeting will be posted by October 12th on this page.

  • Fall Field trips, ID Clinics, the Bridle Trails study and the Ben Woo Foray are postponed till next year due to the Covid19 safety concerns.

We hope that you are all staying healthy and safe in this time.

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For more information regarding public lands closures during this time, please use the links below:

WTA

State Parks

Mountaineers

For over fifty years, the Puget Sound Mycological Society (PSMS) has nurtured collaboration amongst its members for an understanding and appreciation of the wide diversity of mushroom species in the Pacific Northwest. We also depend on a diverse membership to support our mission to foster the understanding and appreciation of mycology as a hobby and a science. In recent months, as systematic inequality in U.S. society is revealed to a broader audience, it becomes clearer that inequality imposes barriers on marginalized groups to participation in a wide variety of activities. PSMS opposes all barriers that limit participation in mycology. PSMS and its board members support a more diverse, inclusive, and welcoming organization where all people, especially those who are underrepresented in our organization and society at large, can enjoy mushrooms and all of the activities associated with them. We realize this will be an on-going conversation and are looking to our members for suggestions on ways to increase diversity, inclusivity, and welcoming. Thank you as we join together to make this long-overdue journey toward systemic equality!

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2021 - 7:30pm

Virtual Monthly Meeting

Patrick Leacock - Fungi in the Tree of Life

Click here to join this meeting anytime after 7pm on Tuesday to say hello and 'mingle'.

Our understanding of fungi and relationships of all life continues to yield new insights. Poorly understood mushrooms and molds, once treated as plants, gained status as "The Fifth Kingdom," which is more closely related to animals. We will look at how fungi fit into the total tree of all life and the new Domains and Super Groups that try to organize these relationships. Kingdom Fungi has a diverse array of life forms and new cryptic micro-fungi have been discovered.

Patrick is a mycologist documenting the mushrooms of the Chicago Region with collections going to the Field Museum of Natural History. He teaches botany and mycology at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He assists on forays as a scientific advisor for the Illinois Mycological Association. He started his mushroom activities with the Minnesota Mycological Society before moving to Chicago. Patrick is also active with the North American Mycological Association and served as Voucher Coordinator for 20 years. Visit Patrick's website at www.mycoguide.com