Registration opens May 15th

Please plan to attend the NAMA 2016 Shenandoah Foray (September 8-11, 2016, Front Royal, VA) located in the unique environment of the bio-regions of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. We will be stationed at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center  just minutes from Shenandoah National Park and the Appalachian Trail, and just 60 miles from Washington, DC's Dulles Airport. Learn more…

Foray Registration Note

Normally, you can view all pages and content on the NAMA website without being logged in. However, to register for the annual foray, you'll need your login and password. If you've forgotten yours, enter your email address on this page: click here to reset your password. Once you ask for a resend, the temporary password needs to be used within three (3) hours. For further assistance, contact Steve Bichler

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 Our New VP

Kathy Yerich was elected NAMA 1st Vice President at our recent Board of Trustees meeting; effective January 1, 2016. Kathy has been an active Minnesota Mycological Society Member since 2005 and was voted to the board as recording secretary shortly after. She joined NAMA in 2009 to attend the foray in Lafayette, LA and has been hooked ever since – so much so, that she collaborated on a field guide with Teresa Marrone for Adventure publications called, “Mushrooms of the Upper Midwest”. Writing and promoting this book has revealed one of her skills, which is connecting people and sharing information. Her current MMS board position is Member at Large, with a special interest in organizing new and exciting opportunities for the club, with a focus on outreach to the community for new members and retaining interest in the club for long-time members.