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

2021 PSMS Virtual Mushroom Maynia! Sunday May 2nd


We are excited to present our annual spring show, Mushroom Maynia! Tickets ($5) are available by clicking the link below.

 

This virtual Zoom event will include presentations on:
- Morels and other interesting spring mushrooms
- Mushroom families and other broad groups
- Washington's National Forests
- Using mapping tools like Gaia GPS
- Identification
- Tips for using iNaturalist tracking and exploring mushrooms and other wildlife
- A review of some of our favorite mushroom books
- Demonstrations on growing mushrooms at home
- A look at fungi under the microscope
- Buy your own Mushroom Cultivation Kit (Oyster, Shiitake, or a Lion's Mane kit) prior to this event!

For more information and to purchase a ticket, please click here: http://mms.psms.org/members/evr/regmenu.php?orgcode=PSMS

Remember that you can sign up to communicate with other PSMS members on our message board in the Member's area of our website!

General Meetings are virtual at this time and speakers are listed on the right hand side of this page. The link to access the general meetings will be posted in the description of the speaker on the right hand side of this page.

All Field trips and the free Public ID Clinics are postponed until Fall of 2021 due to Covid19 safety concerns.

Our recent election has concluded. We welcome our newly elected members to the PSMS Board! Your current board members are listed on page 2 of all Sporeprints issue.

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

Your PSMS Board of Trustees

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, Apr 13, 2021 - 7:00pm

Virtual Monthly Meeting

Cathy Cripps - Mushrooms in Cold Places: Rocky Mountain peaks to the Arctic tundra

Click here to join this virtual ZOOM meeting. We will begin with a brief mushroom ID session from Danny and Wren, at around 7PM. The lecture begins around 7:30PM PST. Hope to see you all there!

The cold wind-swept tundra above treeline on alpine mountain tops and in the Arctic, is not the usual place to look for mushrooms. These are some of the coldest places on earth. But the mushrooms are there: tucked under willows, nestled among mosses, lying exposed in meadows, and poking up on bare wet soil. These cold-hardy fungi play critical roles as decomposers and nutrient gatherers for alpine plants in these extreme environments. Their diversity is surprising given the harsh conditions. This talk will display these Arctic and Alpine beauties in their natural habitats primarily in the scenic Rocky Mountains and the open landscapes of the Arctic and discuss how past glaciation has influenced their distribution.

Cathy Cripps is mycologist and professor at Montana State University where she teaches and does research on fungi. She earned her BS from the University of Michigan and PhD from Virginia Tech with Dr. Orson Miller. Her research on mushrooms that survive in Arctic and alpine habitats has taken her to Iceland, Svalbard, Norway, Greenland, the Austrian Alps, and Finland. She is co-author of "The Essential Guide to Rocky Mountain Mushrooms by Habitat", editor of "Fungi in Forest Ecosystems" and "Arctic and Alpine Mycology 8", and she has authored numerous scientific papers. With over 40 years of experience collecting mushrooms, first as an amateur when she lived in a cabin in Colorado and later as a professional leading forays and teaching field classes in Montana, her love and enthusiasm for the Rocky Mountains and its fungal creatures runs deep.