FAQs/Contacts

Poison Help

Seek medical assistance immediately if you suspect mushroom poisoning of any kind. Call 911 or Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.

FAQs

Answers to questions frequently emailed to OMS.

Membership

I snail-mailed my written membership paperwork, but haven’t heard back. It can take many weeks to process mailed membership forms. The best way to join is online. You can also join at a meeting.

My browser sends me into a loop when I try to renew or login.
This is likely related to your browser cache and/or cookies. Please either:

If you tried that and it doesn’t work, please contact membership.

Does OMS have trial memberships? No.

Field Trips

OMS is a scientific and educational organization which offers member-only field trips. The focus of the field trips is to teach members about mushroom identification and habitat, rather than to identify particular locations or find consumables.

I’m not an OMS Member. Can I participate in an OMS Field Trip? No. OMS Field Trips are Member-only events. (No guests are allowed.) Each participant must be an OMS member both at the time of registration and during the event. We restrict participation to limit liability, to satisfy the high demand for events from members. We reserve the rights to cancel reservations and/or refuse participation to an entire party if any member of the party is a non-member at time or registration or the event.

I’m from southern or eastern Oregon or elsewhere. Do you have programs in my area? Almost all OMS activities are in northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington, generally within 2.5 hours’ drive from Portland. We also have a Spring Mycology Camp near Sisters, OR, and a Fall Mycology Camp near Rockaway Beach, OR. Check the North American Mycological Association website for closer Oregon groups.

Please tell me where to forage. OMS is an educational and scientific organization — not a promotional group or a foraging club. We hold member-only field trips (see above) to educate participants about macrofungi identification and ecological habitats, (as opposed to specific sites). Field trip size is generally limited in order to minimize environmental impact and over-harvesting.

Will you provide me with a private “mushroom hunt” or recommend a guide? No. OMS is a scientific and educational organization which offers field trips to teach members about mushroom identification and habitat, rather than to identify particular locations or find consumables.

Consistent with our mission, in order to avoid pressure on known mushroom habitat, and to limit liability: we neither offer private mushroom foraging nor advice or recommendations to the public about locations or guides.

Meetings and Other Events

Can I attend OMS meeting even though I’m not a member? Yes. OMS monthly General Meetings are open to the public.

Where/when do you meet? Click on any Event on our Calendar for more details. (To see details about member-only events, you must be a logged in member.)

Can you give me the location, date, or other details about your meetings, mushroom show, classes, field trips, Mycology Camps, or other event. Click on any Event on our Calendar for more details. (To see details of member-only events, you must be a logged in member; we don’t disclose details of member-only events to the public.)

Mushroom Identification

Seek medical assistance immediately if you suspect mushroom poisoning of any kind. Call 911 or Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.

OMS has in-person, open to the public, identification sessions at our monthly meetings. If you’ve found mushrooms that are in good condition, wrap them in waxed paper, aluminum foil, or put them in a paper bag and bring them (with a spore print, if possible). Bring your field guide to reference the mushrooms that are on display.

OMS doesn’t identify mushrooms for the public via email or its website. (It’s too easy to get wrong from just photos, and there are liability issues.) You may be able to get help by posting photos on web sites like:
Facebook Pacific Northwest Mushroom Identification Forum
iNaturalist
Mushroom Observer
(OMS is not associated with these sites. The identifications they offer may be inaccurate.)

Guidebooks

What mushroom guides do you sell or recommend? We sell these guides at our general meetings and mycology camps.

  • D. Arora, All That the Rain Promises (Ten Speed Press 1991). A hip-pocket field guide to western mushrooms. Recommended for beginners.
  • D. Arora, Mushrooms Demystified (Ten Speed Press 2d ed. 1986). The classic 950-page reference. Covers all of North America.
  • N. Siegel & C. Schwarz, Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast (Ten Speed Press 2016). A 660-page reference guide, with many large color photos. Despite its name it has very good coverage of Oregon mushrooms, especially in western Oregon. It has more photos of Oregon mushrooms than any other guidebook (as of 2016).

Also consider:

  • S. Trudell & J. Ammirati, Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest (Timber Press 2009). 349 page paperback, with over 500 color photos and 450 species descriptions.
  • D. Miller, Pictorial Key to Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest. (Version 2.3.000, 2019). A free guide to over 1,500 Pacific Northwest species. Available as both an online version and smartphone app. See here.
  • I. Gibson, Matchmaker: Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest. (Version 2.3.0, 2019). A free downloadable program including photos and detailed descriptions of thousands of Pacific Northwest species and a synoptic key.. Downloadable here.

Sales/Partnerships

Will OMS sell or advertise my stuff or partner with us? No. OMS narrowly limits what we sell and how we sell it. We sell only a few, carefully selected, book titles. We don’t sell, advertise, or promote other books, media, or mushroom paraphernalia. Our sales are only in person, at various OMS events. We don’t do online sales, partnering, advertising, etc.

Contacts

Membership Information

Questions from OMS members who have trouble logging into the website or aren’t receiving OMS emails, or
Questions about joining OMS or renewing membership:
membership@wildmushrooms.org

General Inquiries About OMS

General questions about the OMS and its activities and programs:
info@wildmushrooms.org 

Vendors, Mushroom Paraphernalia, Books

At our monthly meetings OMS sells only a limited set of books (currently four titles). We do not sell online. There are no outside vendors at our meetings. Our Fall Show (last Sunday in October) has limited space for outside vendors. If you are interested, please contact: fallshow@wildmushrooms.org

US Mail

The best way to contact OMS is by email at one of the above addresses.
Although we maintain a post office box, we check it irregularly. It may take months before we respond to mail sent there.
PO Box 66034
Portland, OR 97290-603