“Rare Fungi Discovered”- The Moss

Learn more @ https://mailchi.mp/3779487b2b77/march2024?e=0fbab95de4 The Moss is Columbia Land Trust’s monthly e-newsletter. Cedar Creek Natural Area is a 640-acre forest in Columbia County, Oregon. We conserved this land in 2021 and the high-quality, intact forest with diverse structure is ideal habitat for plants, fungi, and…

OMS Turns 75! Come celebrate 75 years of Fungi, Foraging and Fellowship!

Thank you to all of you who RSVP’d to join us. We have almost reached our maximum capacity so if you still haven’t RSVP’d here is the link. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfrcRvPDO5k1hj7SqIITpDZIZYqk79w2xz74v4MxMVglP82Cg/viewform?usp=sf_link The cut off is at 135 participants OR July 3rd at 5pm, whichever comes first!…

2024 January Survivor’s Banquet

Back in the cold winter month of January, OMS members gathered together to share the warmth of homemade food, myco-minded comradery, and to celebrate that our mushroom identification skills and field safety let us “survive” to forage another year! This year we had a…

Lost Mushroomer Season

(Photo from 2022 Clackamas County Search and Rescue mission.) A brand-new Facebook post serves as a reminder of the hazards of getting lost while mushrooming. For the sixth time this fall, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team was called to search…

2023 Fall Show Tickets

Tickets to the 2023 OMS Fall Show are available to the public. Please click “2023 Fall Show Tickets” above, then follow this link to our Event Page.

Mushroom Church?

In France, local governments and religious organizations are looking for ways to save disused churches. A recent Christian Science Monitor article discusses how many of these historic sites are being preserved by converting them to other uses like are concert venues, hotels, and nightclubs….

Update: Montana Morel Deaths

I earlier reported[1] a mass mushroom poisoning which sickened 51 people and resulted in 3 hospitalizations and 2 deaths. The Montana Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), working with FDA, has now issued its final case report.[2] The culprit: consumption of uncooked or…

OMS Scholarship Winners publish new papers

Recent issues of Mycologia1 feature brand-new publications by past OMS Scholarship winners. Korena Mifune is the lead author of a paper2 published online in Mycologia on June 1. The paper details findings about mychorrizal fungi in “canopy soils” — thick mats of organic matter…

Montana Morchella Morbidity

After eating in the same restaurant, 50 people were sickened, several were hospitalized, and 2 died. Morchella (morels) are the likely cause. (“[P]reliminary analysis strongly suggests that … morel mushrooms were the food item that caused the outbreak.”1 “Available epidemiological evidence indicates that imported…

Mushroom Mixes: Do you know what you’re buying?

An FDA Alert reminds us about buying mushrooms based on someone else’s label, especially mushroom mixes. Import Alert 25-021 lets the government seize and detain certain imported mushroom products containing “morels”. The alert explains: In the past, shipments of canned and dried morel mushrooms have…