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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Latest PSMS News

Tickets now available for our Annual Wild Mushroom Show!

Our 2015 Annual Fall Wild Mushroom Exhibit will be on October 10th and 11th. This year the show will be held in the cafeteria at Bellevue College. This location affords a larger venue for our event, abundant free parking, and all of the exhibit will be under one roof on one level! Bellevue College is easily accessible from I-90 and well serviced by Metro.

In this new venue, one of the largest and most complete exhibits of mushrooms in the United States will be bigger and better than ever!

Click here for more information about the show.

Click here to volunteer to help at the show - one of the most rewarding ways participate in the club!

Click here for tickets!

Want to be a part of our new, successful mushroom soup brigade? Read this!

Want to participate in the new photography exhibition? Read this!

Fall Mushroom ID clinics will begin Monday, Sept. 28!

The Monday night Hildegard Hendrickson ID Clinics at the Center for Urban Horticulture will soon be starting up again!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 - 7:30pm

PSMS Monthly Meeting is ONE WEEK EARLY this month because of our annual show on the 10th-11th.

Britt Bunyard

Diptera Strangelove: or, how the fly learned to stop worrying about amatoxins and love the death cap.

A presentation for general audiences with no prior knowledge of mycology or biology needed. This presentation, with beautiful photos, will explore the realm of mycophagy--that is, eating mushrooms and other fungi--from a non-human perspective. In short, from the world of the insects. We'll focus on three examples of beetles and polypores...and how the fungus actually benefits from the arrangement. We'll look at hymenopterans (wasps) and their little-known involvement with fungi (focusing on a huge wood wasp... and it's even huge-r arch enemy). Finally we'll look at mycophagous Diptera, or true flies, and how they're attracted to mushrooms. Especially Amanitas. And even more so to the "deadly" Amanitas. How do they do it...and live to tell? Come find out.

Britt Bunyard is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal Fungi which has the largest circulation of any mycological publication in North America. He also has worked as a full-time Biology professor in Ohio and Wisconsin, teaching a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses in Evolution, Microbiology, Mycology, Invertebrate Zoology, Biochemistry, and Environmental Science. The main focus of Britt's research interests has centered on the coevolution of macrofungi and Diptera, the true flies. Bunyard has coauthored Mushrooms and Macrofungi of Ohio and Midwestern States: A Resource Handbook. published by The Ohio State University Press, and other books. Additional scholarly achievements include publication of scientific papers in 16 different international research journals, one patent, and articles in popular science magazines. Britt has served as Editor-in-Chief of NAMA's journal McIlvainea and newsletter The Mycophile, and as a Subject Editor for the Entomological Society of America's journal Annals of the Entomological Society of America. Britt gives several invited lectures in North America and abroad each year and regularly takes part in many mycological events and forays. He has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, has been a reviewer of several published mushroom guide books, and has been a consultant for National Geographic Magazine, and most recently for an episode of PBS's NOVA television program. He is married and has three children, plus assorted livestock roaming around the farm.