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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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PSMS Members and fellow fungi enthusiasts,

Just a gentle reminder that PSMS does not have a newsletter issues, general meetings or events in July or August of any year, since this is our regular summer vacation break. We will resume our newsletter issues and general meetings (although they may still be virtual) in September. We are working on having some online classes later in the fall. Different options are being discussed concerning the fall show if we are able to have one at that point.

Field trips for this coming Fall are cancelled due to not being able to reserve group camps for the rest of the year due to covid19. In addition our usual attendance numbers and activities at field trips make social distancing impossible.

Although at the time of the June Spore Print's deadline the Ben Woo foray Chairs were still working on planning the Ben Woo foray, we were forced to concede (with heavy hearts) that this year is not possible. The PSMS Board had a virtual meeting in early June and voted to postpone the 2020 Ben Woo foray till 2021. Phase 4 WA State restrictions would permit our usual 100 attendees only with social distancing. This facility is not conducive to social distancing with 100 attendees due to space considerations. We considered restricting the event to 50 people if we reached phase 4, but with fewer people the overall cost per person became prohibitive. The camp was willing to work with us and applied our first deposit to next year. We look forward to next year's Ben Woo foray! We will publish details in the spring of 2021.

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

Your PSMS Board of Trustees

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Sept 8, 2020 - 7:30pm

Virtual Monthly Meeting

Jeff Stallman - What's going on with mycology in the Hawaiian Islands?

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Virtual PSMS Sept meeting on September 8, 2020 at 7:30PM PST. The meeting will open the meeting 30 minutes prior to our speaker to allow for people to say hello and 'mingle' before Jeff begins! After six years of studying fungi in Hawai'i, Jeff will share what he has learned by providing an introduction to Hawaiian natural history and fungi, and addressing some common questions: What are the best mushrooms in Hawai'i for the table? Where are the best places and times of year to find mushrooms? How many total species occur, and how many are endemic to Hawai'i?

Jeff Stallman has been a PSMS member for ten years, living on Hawai?i Island for the past six. He received his M.S. in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Hawai?i at Hilo studying Lepiota and related mushrooms in Hawai?i from 2016 - 2019, and received a Ben Woo grant from PSMS in support of this work. While working field-based restoration and research jobs, Jeff is constantly on the lookout for fungi, and spends his free time studying Hawaiian natural history and mushrooms, which he will be presenting on. He will be joining the Aime lab at Purdue University to pursue a PhD in the fall of 2020.