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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2021 PSMS Annual Wild Mushroom show

Saturday October 23rd 12pm - 6pm
Sunday October 24th 10am - 5pm
Adults - $10.00/person
Students - $ 5.00/person (please present student ID)
Our Board has voted to comply with WA state and UW regulations, so we regret that children who are not yet vaccinated due to age will not be able to attend this year. For tickets, lecture times, speakers & other information click here: https://mms.psms.org/members/evr/regmenu.php?orgcode=PSMS

Hildegard Hendrickson Free Public ID Clinic

Hildegard Hendrickson ID clinics will continue Monday October 18th through Monday November 1st from 4pm to 7pm in the atrium at the Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle. In line with the mandates provided by the State of Washington and the University of Washington (as a requirement for holding our events at their venue), the Board has voted that masks will be required to be worn and proof of full vaccination will need to be shown to enter the atrium. We look forward to being able to admit children under 12 to our events again soon, since PSMS has always striven to be a family friendly organization, and regret that we cannot do so at this time.

Please check this home page the actual day of, before coming to a Monday night clinic, to make sure that one is being held that particular night. If health recommendations change or we cannot get enough volunteers to check masks and vaccine cards at the atrium door, we may not be able to hold a clinic. If not, this announcement will be replaced with a statement that a particular evening is cancelled.

Click here for general info about the clinics.

PSMS Inclusivity Statement

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!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 - 7:00pm

Monthly Meeting

Britt Bunyard - Amanitas of the Pacific NW and Beyond

Our general meeting will be held on Tuesday October 12, 2021 at the Center for Urban Horticulture. In line with the mandates provided by the University of Washington and the State of Washington, Masks will be required and by vote of the PSMS Board, proof of Vaccination will also be required. We hope that by next year we can include children under 12 again since PSMS has always been a family friendly organization.

Entry to the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:30 p.m. We will be having a hybrid In-Person / Zoom meeting. Verbal participation will be restricted to in-person only to prevent Zoom Bombing.

Click here to join this meeting virtually.

Britt Bunyard will be our guest speaker. The topic he will present is "The Amanitas of the Pacific NW and Beyond". In Britt's words: "Amanitas arguably are the most recognized and fascinating of all mushrooms. Amanita species mostly are big and showy, and ubiquitous over most of the planet wherever terrestrial plants grow. These mushrooms have been the subject of lore, make the news headlines with regularity, and Amanitas have even changed the course of world history. Many Amanita species are highly prized as choice edibles and commercially available in markets around the world. Others are infamous for annually causing death to careless pickers-indeed 90% of mushroom-related fatalities are due to Amanita species."

Britt Bunyard, PhD, is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal Fungi. Britt has worked academically as a mycologist his entire career, teaching a number of university courses and writing scientifically for many research journals and popular science magazines. He has served as an editor for mycological and entomological research journals, and mushroom guide books. A popular evangelizer on all things fungal, Britt has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, PBS's NOVA and Wisconsin Foodie television programs; and interviewed or quoted in Discover magazine, The Atlantic, Vox, Vogue, Forbes, Saveur, Eating Well, Hobby Farm, Women's World, and other magazines and newspapers.

Britt serves as Executive Director of the Telluride Mushroom Festival. He has authored several books, including Amanitas of North America (2020; The FUNGI Press), The Beginner's Guide to Mushrooms (2021; Quarry Books), Mushrooms and Macrofungi of Ohio and Midwestern States (2012; The Ohio State University Press), and the forthcoming The Secret Life of Fungi (Princeton University Press) due out this winter. In 2021 Britt was awarded the Gary Lincoff Award "For Contributions to Amateur Mycology," by the North American Mycological Association-NAMA's most prestigious honor for American mycologists.