Hello Ohio Mushroom Society members and guests!
Here’s some good news for the New Year: this years’ membership is free! If you were a current member in good standing in 2020, your membership will automatically be renewed for 2021 without the need to write a check. Folks wishing to join OMS for the first time this year will need to pay at the normal levels, but with no increase in dues (starting at $15 for an electronic family membership).
Also, remember that OMS membership gives you a $5 discount on North American Mycological Association (NAMA) membership dues. Dues for both OMS and NAMA are due in January. See https://namyco.org/join.php for more information.
If you’re looking for more good news, look to the woods! Time in nature is calming, therapeutic, and time well spent. Even a walk around your neighborhood is a healthy tonic. You never know what happy surprises await you in unexpected places…
About a month ago I discovered a large colony of a short-stemmed gilled mushroom in the mulch under some planted evergreens in a yard. Though I still haven’t identified it yet, I’m using it as an opportunity to practice my identification skills before the “real” field season begins.
We’re all anxious to get out there for group discovery and learning again. Your volunteer board members are, too! We plan most of our mini, and biannual major forays, at an annual February meeting, this year on Zoom of course. We hope to put together a calendar of activities covering at least the first half of the year, subject to change as always. Calendar listings will be found here under the Events tab and in the March-April edition of the Mushroom Log.
Until then, be well, seek good news, and discover the nature near you!