What is NAMA:
- The North American Mycological Association (NAMA) is a non-profit organization of professional and amateur mycologists with over 75 affiliated mycological societies in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
- NAMA is committed and dedicated to the promotion of scientific and educational activities related to fungi.
- NAMA supports the protection of natural areas and their biological integrity.
- NAMA advocates the sustainable use of mushrooms as a resource and endorses the responsible mushroom collecting that does not harm the fungi or their habitats.
What NAMA Does:
- Conferences — Holds an annual conference/foray in different parts of North America, often with short courses in mycology, always with lectures by professional mycologists.
- Regional forays — Sponsors intimate gatherings limited to 40 NAMA members where learning and social time are encouraged.
- Newsletter — Publishes The Mycophile, which gives mycological news and reports, notice of events of interest to members, reviews of recent books, and poison information.
- Journal — Publishes McIlvainea, a peer reviewed journal, with scientific papers on all aspects of fungi, toxicology reports, and topics of general interest - with articles by leading professional and amateur mycologists.
- Photo Contest — Conducts an annual photo contest and publishes the results.
- Educational Programs — Provides teaching kits and activities for K-12 grade levels and professionally produced CDs for club use.
- Scholarship — NAMA funds an annual fellowship with the Mycological Society of America to promising graduate students in mycology.
- Speakers Bureau — Maintains a list of over 50 speakers who are available to give programs for affiliated clubs.
- Toxicology — Provides expertise in mushroom poisioning information on the web and through a group of identifiers for doctors and veterinarians.
- Directories — Publishes an annual directory of members (alphabetical and by location), officers, committee contacts, and an updated list of mushroom clubs.
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Why you should join NAMA:
- Increase your knowledge of mushrooms and other fungi.
- Keep informed about activities in the field of mycology.
- Be in contact with people who have a similar interest in mycology, whether it is taxonomy, ecology, toxicity, mycophagy or the many other practical uses of fungi.
There is much more on the NAMA website: www.namyco.org including the only updated directory of mushroom clubs in North America, a comprehensive section on mushroom cultivation, a calendar of upcoming events, and more. We also host a page on Facebook! for the most up to date notices and information.
Join NAMA Today through The Ohio Mushroom Society
NAMA membership covers up to two adults living at the same address. That means you and your significant other, plus all your children under 18 can join for one low membership fee.
Members of OMS receive a discount on NAMA membership if they join through OMS. Send a check for $32 payable to NAMA to:
Ohio Mushroom Society
c/o Jerry Pepera
8915 Knotty Pine Ln.
Chardon, OH 44024
You can now pay your NAMA dues online!
Contact NAMA's Membership Secretary for more information:
61 Devon Court
Watsonville, CA, 95076-1160