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 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: https://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, May 11, 2021 - 7:00pm

Virtual Monthly Meeting

Leah Bendlin - Common and Memorable Spring Mushrooms of the PNW

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

In this presentation, we will learn some of the most common and memorable mushrooms found in spring in the Pacific Northwest. We will focus on common edibles like oysters and morels, as well as less commonly noticed, but interesting and beautiful species. We will learn how to tell edibles apart from poisonous or just otherwise tricky potential lookalikes, noting particular physical features and habitats that will help you to identify them on your own.

Leah Bendlin is a Portland based mushroom and community science enthusiast. She caught the mycology bug after her first outing hunting chanterelles with a friend. She was amazed at the diversity of other mushrooms that day, and set out to learn the science of identification. That curiosity proved insatiable, and now, 9 years later, she is an expert taxonomist and aspires to learn the name of every mushroom she encounters, and delights in teaching others. Leah has special interests in taxonomy, uncommonly known edibles, mycoheterotrophic plants, slime molds, ascomycetes and social justice. She regularly leads mushroom ID classes and walks through various Pacific Northwest organizations and has volunteered as a teacher, identifier and board member of the Oregon Mycological Society. You can find her Instagram page, focused primarily on teaching mushroom species of the Pacific Northwest at https://www.instagram.com/leah_mycelia/