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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.

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Latest PSMS News

Announcing our fall 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! For more information, visit our show page.

Mushroom ID clinics are now over for the spring.

The Monday night Hildegard Hendrickson ID Clinics at the Center for Urban Horticulture are now done for the spring season. We will see you again in the fall!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 - 7:30pm

PSMS Monthly Meeting - Daniel Winkler

Colombia's Mushroom Magic

Based on three visits to Colombia in the search for outstanding mushrooms accompanied by Colombian mycologist Dr. Tatiana Sanjuan. Slowly peace is coming to this formerly troubled nation. Located at the intersection of Andes, Amazon, and Central America, surrounded by Pacific and the Caribbean. Colombia boasts an incredible biodiversity with a very rich and diverse funga. Lowland tropical rain forests are endowed with strange insect-parasitizing Cordyceps and exotic Xylaria species and colorful Marasmius. In the mountain cloud forest massive Andean oaks are associated with a range of chanterelles, boletes, Amanita etc, many of these having their southernmost distribution here. High up in the Paramo fungal diversity is reduced, but Dr. Seuss-like plant life is mind boggling.

Before the Colombia talk Daniel will talk about the current availability of mushrooms in our area and share a few images of what to look for.

Daniel is the author of field guides to Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest and California (both Harbour Publishing, 2011 and 2012) and Amazon Mushrooms with Larry Evans (2014). He grew up collecting and eating wild mushrooms in the Alps and has been foraging since 20 years in the Pacific Northwest and is volunteering for PSMS as mushroom educator and Vice-President. Daniel trained as a geographer and ecologist and worked on environmental issues of the Tibetan Plateau. Working in Tibet, he realized that Tibet's diverse mushroom industry, especially Cordyceps sinensis, plays a crucial role in rural Tibet and thus has been researching Tibet's ethno-mycology for over 15 years. He has published over a dozen scientific papers on Tibet's ecology and ethno-mycology and is a regular contributor to magazines such as Fungi, Mushroom the Journal, etc. In recent years many articles integrated his prize-winning photos taken during his vast travels. Through his travel agency "MushRoaming" he is organizing mushroom focused eco-tours to Tibet, the Amazon, Colombia, the Alps and the Pacific Northwest. He maintains and continuously adds to his www.Mushroaming.com web page.