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Who we are
Formed in 1973, The Ohio Mushroom Society has widespread membership mainly in
Ohio, but also in several surrounding states. Our goal is to increase our
members' appreciation and knowledge of wild mushrooms in an informal, enjoyable
manner. Those who wish may go on to acquire an extensive background in mycology,
the scientific study of fungi. Our membership ranges from the beginning
collector to the professional mycologist and includes several mycophagists
(mushroom eaters), photographers, artists, toxicologists, and nature
enthusiasts. Anyone with an interest in mushrooms is encouraged to join.
What we do
The purpose of the Ohio Mushroom Society is to promote the understanding and
enjoyment of mushrooms and other "higher fungi". We accomplish this in a variety
of ways including, but not limited to the following:
- We publish a bimonthly newsletter called "The Mushroom Log" which
contains articles about mushrooms as well as news of upcoming mushroom
related events both in Ohio and elsewhere.
- We maintain this web site which contains information about the club,
links to the newsletter and links to other mushroom related sites.
- We put together a program each year which includes several morel hunts
in the spring, a summer foray, a fall foray, and an annual banquet to close
out the season.
- We are affiliated with the North American Mycological Association (NAMA),
a national organization of amateur mycologists.
- We promote the serious study of mushrooms by offering, at our forays,
workshops on mushroom collection and identification.
- We attempt to answer questions about mushrooms from members and from the
general public either by phone or by email. Questions may be directed to one
of the volunteers whose phone numbers are listed or to OMS. Email questions
will be referred to the most knowledgeable source.