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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Fall 2019 "Hildegard Hendrickson ID Clinics" are done for the season!

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 - 7:30pm

PSMS Monthly Meeting

Fred Rhoades - Mushroom Identification Up Close and Personal

Doors open at 6:30 pm at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Come early and bring any mushrooms you want identified!

In this presentation Fred will feature a selection of his macrophotographic and other intriguing views of PNW mushrooms and their friends in mushroom habitats. The best edible mushrooms will be included, focusing on the features that separate them from the not-so-good. Zooming into the world of mushrooms Fred will share some of their important diagnostic features up close. Furthermore he'll explore some more unusual features of some unusual fungi (and their friends).

Fred graduated studying both mycology and lichenology with Bill Denison at Oregon State University and George Carroll at the University of Oregon. For his Masters and Ph.D. theses he studied the growth rates and population biology of the important, northwest foliose lichen, Lobaria oregana. From 1977 to 2009 Fred was an instructor of biology at Western Washington University in Bellingham where he taught a variety of cryptogamic botany and general biology courses until retiring. Currently Fred lives in Bellingham and continues to give occasional programs and forays and spend much of his field time photographing a variety of lower life forms including mushrooms, lichens, bryophytes, slime molds and the odd plant or animal.