North American Mycological Association

NAMA Forays

NAMA Annual Foray 2014

October 9-12, 2014 | Camp Arnold near Eatonville, WA

In October, The Puget Sound Mycological Society would like to welcome NAMA members to Washington — the land of lattes, tech companies, grunge music, and of course, mushrooms — to share in our passion for fungi, and to celebrate the memory of our friend and past president Patrice Benson.

Known as the "Evergreen State," Washington is rich in stands of Douglas fir, hemlock, ponderosa and white pine, spruce, larch, and cedar, all of which supports a wide diversity of fungi. We will explore all the traditional aspects of the annual foray with hunting and collecting, identification and taxonomy, mycophagy, toxicology, as well as some artistic endeavors with workshops in dyeing with mycopigments, mushroom-portrait watercolor painting, and photography.

Dr. Steve Trudell will serve as the foray mycologist, and he, along with PSMS past vice president Milton Tam, have arranged an amazing lineup of presenters for 2014. Although the list is not quite finalized, this stellar cast of faculty has already committed: Alissa Allen, Dr. Denis Benjamin, Dr. Michael Beug, Dr. Tom Bruns, Dr. Cathy Cripps, Dr. Jim Ginns, Dr. Bryce Kendrick, Paul Kroeger, Sava Krstic, Dr. Pat Leacock, Dr. Brandon Matheny, Danny Miller, Drew Parker, Dr. Fred Rhoades, Dr. Christine Roberts, Christian Schwarz, Noah Siegel, Dr. Suzanne Simard, Dr. Ann Simpson, Dr. Rob Simpson, Paul Stamets, Dr. Jim Trappe, Dr. Else Vellinga, Sasha Viazmensky, Dr. Rytas Vilgalys, and Dr. Tom Volk.

In addition, a number of current graduate students will be delivering presentations in a student research forum. These include Joshua Birkebak, Vince Hustad, Brian Looney, Marisol Sanchez-Garcia, and Valerie Wong.

Please save the dates October 9-12, 2014 for the annual foray in Eatonville, WA, and we hope to see you there! To read more, and to stay up to date on information, please visit www.psms.org/nama2014.

For questions, please contact us at nama2014@psms.org.

Note: Registration dates and information will be announced in the May/June issue of The Mycophile.

Wildacres Regional Foray

September 11-14, 2014 | Wildacres Retreat, North Carolina

The Wildacres 2014 Foray is scheduled for September 11-14, 2014. This foray is held at Wildacres Retreat located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Little Switzerland, not to far from Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Mycologists this year are Brandon Matheny, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Coleman McCleneghan, Appalachian State University. We are very thankful to have these two knowledgeable southern mycologists join us for this foray. Wildacres is renowned for the identification of new species to the foray and to the identification of new species to the mushroom kingdom. You will have the opportunity to search for fungi along the creek sides of Armstrong Creek and Crab Tree Falls, in the highlands of Mount Mitchell, and in many other areas along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. This intimate gathering is sought after by professional and amateur mycologists from across the country. Please contact Glenda O'Neal, by email or by phone (423) 246-1882 for more information. Registration fee for this foray is $235 per person and includes three nights lodging and eight meals- double occupancy. Please register soon as this foray is sold out each year. Registration form here! To see a page with more information about NAMA's Wildacres Forays, follow this link...

Note: NAMA membership is required to attend annual and regional forays.

Other Regional Forays, Workshops, and Events

USA Science and Engineering Festival

April 25-27, 2014 | Washington, DC

The Mycological Asssociation of Washington (MAW) and NAMA will be hosting a booth on fungi at the USA Science and Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington. Visit NAMA's booth at the 2014 USA Science & Engineering Festival: Hall DE, Booth Number 6037.

OMS Spring Mycology Camp

May 9-11, 2014 | Suttle Lake, Oregon

The Oregon Mycological Society (OMS) will be hosting its Spring Mycology Camp at Suttle Lake, Oregon. For more information see www.wildmushrooms.org.

Eagle Hill Institute Mycology Courses

July 27-August 2, 2014 | Steuben, Maine

"Mushroom Identification for New Mycophiles: Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms" with instructors Greg Marley and Michaeline Mulvey. See course decription at http://www.eaglehill.us/programs/nhs/seminar-flyer-pdfs/2014MarleyMulvey.pdf.

August 10-16, 2014 | Steuben, Maine

"Boletes, the Genus Lactarius, and Other Fungi of New England" with Alan Bessette and Arlene Bessette. Course description can be seen at http://www.eaglehill.us/programs/nhs/seminar-flyer-pdfs/2014Bessette.pdf.

August 24-30, 2014 | Steuben, Maine

"Amanitaceae taxonomy: Fundamentals and Microscopy to Barcodes" with Rod Tulloss and Chistina Rodriguez-Caycedo. Course description can be viewed at http://www.eaglehill.us/programs/nhs/seminar-flyer-pdfs/2014TullossCaycedo.pdf.

2014 NEMF Samuel Ristich Foray

August 7-10, 2014 | Bowdoin College, Maine

The 2014 NEMF Foray features Dr. Seanna Annis, mycologist and plant pathologist at the University of Maine at Orono, who will be the host mycologist. Presenters include Renée Lebeuf, Raymond Archambeault, Greg Marley and Michaeline Mulvey. For more details and registration, see www.nemf.org/foraynext.htm.

Clark Rogerson Foray

September 4-7, 2014 | Copake, NY

COMA’s annual Clark Rogerson Foray will be held at Berkshire Hills Emmanuel Camp in Copake, NY, and is easily accessible from NYC, the Hudson Valley, Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. See www.comafungi.org/special-events for information on registration.


Note: These events are sponsored by NAMA affiliated clubs and listed as a courtesy to our members.