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NAMA 2018 Annual Foray
Registration now open!

It's not too late to register for NAMA 2018! Please join us for a celebration of Oregon mycologists, Oregon mushrooms and Oregon hospitality, from October 11–14, 2018, at the Macleay Conference Center in Salem, Oregon. Our foray mycologist will be Dr. Joseph Spatafora, former president of the Mycological Society of America, and recently appointed to Department Head for Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. Follow this link to learn more and register...

New Scholarship to Honor Michael Beug
Established by Paul Stamets

Last year entrepreneur and mushroom expert Paul Stamets ’79, his wife, Dusty Yao, and their business, Fungi Perfecti LLC, created a new scholarship in the name of faculty emeritus Mike Beug, the professor who helped shape Stamets’ career as a mycologist. The Mike Beug Scholarship is offered to students with financial need who demonstrate a passion for mycology. The first scholarship has been awarded to Evergreen College student Ryan Richter. Follow this link to learn more...

Learn More About NAMA

We've produced a new video about NAMA: what we do, who we are, what happens at a NAMA foray. Check it out on our new NAMA YouTube Channel! Click here to learn more about NAMA.

In Memoriam: Gary Lincoff

I'm sad to report the passing of Gary Lincoff, a driving force in the early years of NAMA, a great contributor to amateurs, and a constant educator to many, many beginners. He was the recipient in 1986 of the NAMA Award for Contributions to Amateur Mycology, an award that was named in his honor two years ago: The Gary Lincoff Award for Contributions to Amateur Mycology. Gary was the second president of NAMA 1979-1988, and awards committee chair for many years.

His book, The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms, published in 1981, was a watershed moment for people of all interests to the field of mycology. He organized NAMA's "exotic forays" to far places including Siberia, where he learned first hand about native uses of Amanita muscaria.

Gary led forays in New York every week of the year, no matter the weather. He was a constant participant in events across the nation including the Annual Gary Lincoff Foray, sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club. Gary was often the Principal Mycologist at the Mid-Atlantic Mushroom Foray. At the 2017 Telluride Mushroom Festival, participants in the annual parade dressed as "Gary Lincoff", incorporating his standard vest and hat into a costume.

Gary Lincoff was the author or editor of numerous books and articles on mushrooms, including his recent publication, The Complete Mushroom Hunter, An Illustrated Guide to Finding, Harvesting, and Enjoying Wild Mushrooms. Gary's insights about edible and poisonous mushrooms, picking urban mushrooms, mushroom recipes, and his experiences with wild mushrooms in various cultures around the world make it a delightful read. He taught courses on mushroom identification at the New York Botanical Garden. A featured myco-visionary in the award-winning documentary "Know Your Mushrooms", Gary led mushroom study trips and forays around the world. Gary had his own website that includes much help for beginners, info on toxicity, and scientific articles on DNA classification of mushrooms.

Gary Lincoff's energy and enthusiasm will be greatly missed by mushroomers all over the world.

The New York Times put together a wonderful obituary.  Click here to see the article...  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published a wonderful obituary as well.


Lichen Basics

Lichens are amazing organisms. They are all around us and we hardly notice them. Found on soil, tree bark, rocks and even some under water, they are actually two organisms living together (symbiosis). The major component is a fungus (mycobiont), hence they are classified as fungi — the vast majority being ascomycetes. Lichens are fungi that have taken up farming, and they are known as lichenized fungi. There are four major growth forms — crustose, foliose, fruticose and squamulose.
To see the page on Lichens written by Dorothy Smullen, follow this link...

Meet Debra Shankland
Great Lakes Regional Trustee

Debra Shankland is a Naturalist by profession, working for private, non-profit nature centers and regional park districts for over 23 years. Having a passion for ecological integrity and a curious mind, she naturally gravitated toward the study of mycology. She joined the Ohio Mushroom Society (OMS) in November 2002, and became a life member seven years later. She attended as many forays as possible, taking time off work and driving over 100 miles when necessary. Eventually, she learned how to identify mushrooms, but the history, uses, ecology and beautiful colors and textures of mushrooms were more important in her mind.

While not an expert identifier, she offered assistance to the OMS in other ways, and became the club's president in 2014. She considers it an honor to work with the amazingly intelligent, interesting and amiable fellow board volunteers to offer enjoyable educational opportunities for OMS members.