The Arizona Mushroom Society, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt/tax-deductible non-profit Arizona corporation, and is the state affiliate of the North American Mycological Association. We offer a variety of forays, educational meetings, dinners, and other events designed to appeal to novices and experienced mushroom hunters alike.
2018 FORAY SPECIES LIST
Terri Clements and Christian Schwarz, assisted by a number of members of the AMS Scientific Committee, have completed the species checklist for the 2018 Annual Foray held in the White Mountains Aug. 10-12.
The foray was not quite as productive as 2017, but showed good diversity and was distinguished by highly informative presentations, delicious fungal creations by chef Chad Hyatt, and plenty of good fellowship. We are all looking forward to next year!
TAYLOR LOCKWOOD VISIT
Famed fungal photographer Taylor Lockwood, who holds the distinction of taking the only photograph of a mushroom ever to be immortalized on a US postage stamp, will be visiting Arizona shortly after Thanksgiving.
Unfortunately, his tight schedule will not permit him to attend our annual meeting in December, but he will give a free lecture at 7 PM on Monday, November 26th, at the ASU Natural History Collections Building, 734 W. Alameda, Tempe. Set aside that evening to see beautiful professional photographs of the most astonishing fungi from around the world, including a number of bioluminescent (glow-in-the-dark) species.
Registration opens Nov. 19 for AMS members and guests, and Nov. 21 for the general public. Go to the event page on our calendar for more details and registration instructions.
2018 ANNUAL MEETING DEC. 8
Our annual member meeting and potluck dinner will be taking place on Saturday, Dec. 8th. Once again we will be at the Maricopa Cooperative Extension building at 4341 E Broadway Rd. in Phoenix. We'll meet at 6:30 for dinner and socializing, take care of club elections and other business, and enjoy an interesting after-dinner presentation. If you are thinking of running for a seat on the Board of Directors, please let us know.
Our speaker for the evening will be Dr. Frank Bungartz. He is the curator of the ASU Lichen Herbarium, which is among the top ten centers for the study of these fascinating organisms. The humble lichens that we often overlook in our search for more charismatic fungi are actually among the most interesting and complex organisms on the planet. Dr. Bungartz will be showing us the unique and endangered lichens in the Galapagos Islands, where he is an adjunct scientist with the Charles Darwin Foundation.
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Your $15 per year membership is valid for your entire household, and entitles you to benefits like
guided forays, mushroom dinners, and members-only maps for more successful hunts.