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 NAMA Secretary


Howard has been a member of the Minnesota Mycological Society (MMS) since 2011 and serves as their recording secretary and librarian.  He became interested in mushrooms at an early age through his family's Morel forays.  As a retired architect, he has transferred his art and science background to capturing the beauty of mushrooms through photography.  He has recently exhibited his "fungal photos" at the Minneapolis Bakken Museum, along with the botanical art he and his wife create.  They also co-chair the Great River Chapter of Botanical Art's annual exhibit "Inspired by Nature."  His instructional program on "Mushroom Photography" is available to the public on the MMS website: