OMS Membership

Did you know that your Ohio Mushroom Society membership dues were due at the beginning of January, 2020?  It’s not too late to renew, and in fact our treasurer has made it easy for anyone to join or renew at any time.  Just mail a check to Jerry at the address below and he will take of care of everything. (Not a member yet? We’d love to have you join our ranks! You can find the new membership form here; click on the “Join” tab for more information about membership benefits.)

The OMS is a shoestring operation.  All of us on the board are volunteers.  All of the foray planning, the newsletter work, the treasury work, the website maintenance, the hospitality at our major forays–all of it is done by people like you who have a passion for mushrooms.  Your dues pay only for the paper, printing and mailing of The Mushroom Log newsletter, wax bags, paper plates, name tags, speaker and expert mycologist fees and expenses, and other direct foray expenses.  It is a remarkable bargain that we’ve been able to keep dues down to $15/year!

Most of our events for 2020 are currently listed on the Events page of this website.  You may notice that there are no April events planned this year, and that is due to our efforts to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

There will be additions to the foray list in the coming months as some details are worked out and new opportunities arise.  Check it out, save the dates on your calendar, and plan to join us!

-Debra Shankland, OMS Board

Mail your membership check to:
Ohio Mushroom Society
c/o Jerry Pepera
8915 Knotty Pine Ln.
Chardon, OH 44024

Studio 35 in Columbus to screen “Fantastic Fungi”

If you’re in the Columbus area and haven’t yet seen “Fantastic Fungi” (or if you have seen it and just can’t get enough), here’s one more opportunity. ** This is not an OMS event **

Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse in Columbus OH will be screening Fantastic Fungi on Saturday March 14th at 1:30 pm. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for a film Introduction by Te’Lario Watkins II from Tiger Mushroom Farms and mingle with reps from Friends of Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks to learn about mushroom hikes & other events!

More information on the event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/185439222840184/

What is a Bioblitz?

April 14, 2019 Bioblitz on the Wayne National Forest

              There will be a number of opportunities this year to participate in bioblitz activities with Ohio Mushroom Society.  Bioblitz is an effort to describe as many species as possible at a particular site.  The information generated from such efforts is valuable in many ways.  It allows property owners to compile a comprehensive list of species which can be helpful in protecting native species, managing invasive species, and planning land management strategies.  Participation in a bioblitz helps visitors to the land understand features of that environment, and allows them to contribute to scientific understanding of the ecology.  Often people that are knowledgeable in particular areas of science form teams that work together to find and identify as many species as they can.

In the case of our bioblitz activities this year we will foray for mushroom collection and identification as usual at the sites, and then contribute photographs and/or a list of species to the group hosting the bioblitz.

Opportunities to bioblitz this year will be June 14 at Towner’s Woods Park (private property), and June 9, July 13, August 25, September 15, October 13, and November 3 at the Athens district of the Wayne National Forest.   Please see the Events page, and contact event leaders for details and to RSVP.

Our first biolblitz of the year attracted over 20 people, and we were able to name or photograph 24 fungal species.  We visited a beautiful site at the Wayne National Forest and saw many spring wildflowers, a big box turtle, and lots of birds and insects as well as taking home some mushrooms for dinner.  For our second biolblitz, at a different site on the Wayne, 11 people helped to collect and identify 25 fungal species.  Our forays were part of a two year effort to document as many species as possible on the Wayne.  On both days we had wonderful spring weather, explored new territory, and met new friends on our hikes.

So why not get out in the woods try some bioblitzes this year?  This is your chance to contribute to the greater good, meet some kindred spirits, and learn about fungi while practicing our favorite pastime- mushroom hunting!

May 19, 2019 Bioblitz on the Wayne National Forest

– Martha Bishop

New Book Recommendation – Appalachian Mushrooms: A Field Guide

We get occasional inquiries on recommended field guides which cover our region. Walt Sturgeon has published a new field guide through Ohio University Press which I highly recommend. Here is a link to a recent review from well known nature photographer Ian Adams. – Jerry Pepera

http://ianadamsphotography.com/news/appalachian-mushrooms-a-field-guide-walter-e-sturgeon/

Pheasant’s back jerky recipe

Here is a recipe for a common springtime edible mushroom, cerioporus squamosus or the Pheasant’s back, also called Dryad’s saddle. Although easy to identify, it’s not the tastiest of mushrooms…but with enough soy or barbecue sauce it can be pretty good!

Cerioporus squamosus by Walt Sturgeon

Marinade (adjust to your liking)

2 c. red wine vinegar
1/3 c. olive oil
swig of sesame oil
2/3 c. tamari (soy sauce)
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
Optional liquid smoke

  1. Slice off the tender edge part of the mushroom into 1/2 inch thick slices.
  2. Marinate sliced mushrooms 2 nights in refrigerator.
  3. Arrange pieces on cookie racks and place over cookie sheets to catch drips then bake in 350 degrees F oven for 30 minutes, strips should still be tender.
  4. Cool and then brush w/vegan Worcestershire sauce or barbecue sauce and sprinkle with black pepper to taste.
  5. Place on dehydrator racks and dry for 12-24 hours, but don’t over-dry–leave a bit chewy.

2018 Dick Grimm Memorial Banquet

2018 Dick Grimm Memorial Banquet

This popular annual event will take place on Saturday, November 3, 6:30 p.m. at Wooster’s Broken Rocks restaurant.  We will have our own room downstairs in the rustic-artistic Rox Gastropub, and enjoy the full menu of fresh, locally-sourced and lovingly prepared food.

We very much look forward to a presentation entitled The Rise of Yeast: How the Sugar Fungus Shaped Civilization, by British-born mycologist and university professor Nicholas P. Money.  This man of letters is the author of many excellent books, including his latest, The Rise of Yeast, and historical fiction, as well as scientific papers.

Head to Wooster early to enjoy the annual Buckeye Book Fair, where you can purchase books by Nik and many other Ohio authors.  It takes place 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium.

Please contact Debra Shankland at dks@clevelandmetroparks.com or 440-263-2334 to reserve your spot for the Banquet.  Space is limited!