Save The Date! NAMA 2017 Foray!

NAMA 2017 Northwoods Foray
September 7-10, 2017 | Cable, Wisconsin

Announcing the 2017 NAMA Foray to be held in northwestern Wisconsin: The Northwoods Foray! Check back here often for updates on what species to expect, to learn about the presenters and mycologists, or to simply ask questions. And plan to attend! Limited to 350 and you must be a NAMA member. Registration to this event will include lodging at Lakewood Resort, all meals, and all programs, presentations, and forays.
Registration begins in early 2017. Stay tuned for more information.

2016 Photography Contest Winners

Every year the North American Mycological Association sponsors a photography contest to showcase the wonderful world of mushrooms and mycology. At this years foray at Shenandoah Valley, Virginia the 2016 photography contest winners were announced! Congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions, and thank you everyone who participated in this years contest! We hope to see more of your photography in the future! To see the contest results, visit the 2016 Photography Contest page.

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...

Welcome the new Webmaster

  Dustin Blake

Dustin Blake has been appointed as the new NAMA webmaster. Dustin is a resident of Ohio and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology. He has over 10 years of experience working in the web design and web development fields. Over the last couple years Dustin has helped put together a small team of entreprenuers that provide web-based services such as hosting, custom development, content management, and design. Dustin's interest in Mycology is relatively new and began over a year ago in his backyard mowing the lawn. While showing his children a group of mushrooms, he found himself disadvantaged by not knowing enough about them himself. Outside of work, Dustin enjoys reading both science fiction and science fact, studying Mycology and cultivating gourmet mushrooms, video games, gardening, and spending time with his family.