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!
If you are a current member of the North American Mycological Association (NAMA), please consider applying for their Membership Director vacancy. Like most club administration positions, it’s unpaid, but not without some great perks! The successful candidate will learn a lot while serving with other volunteers across North America. For more details, please see the announcement below.
NAMA is seeking a Membership Director to work with our webmaster and treasurer to welcome new members and support our renewing members—whether individuals or affiliated clubs.
Familiarity with data entry forms, reports, spreadsheets, and customer relations are crucial skills in this position. Training will be provided. You’ll need to regularly respond to membership questions and dedicate time at vital points in the NAMA year: membership renewal January through March and when foray registration opens. You’ll prepare a membership report at the beginning of our fiscal year. Occasional membership drives will give you opportunities to get creative.
The Membership Director also serves as an ex-officio member of the NAMA executive committee. As a result, you and your club would have a voice in many of our significant decisions such as foray locations, speaker invitations, and so forth.
You’d also be building a group of mycological and professional mentors as you exercise your leadership, communication, and database skills.
The Membership Director receives a registration fee waiver to attend the annual foray.
Explore the wondrous world of fungi! Join Harvard students for a closer look at the mushrooms, yeasts, and molds found in gardens, forests, labs—even in our own refrigerators. This popular annual event turns virtual this year, featuring videos created by Harvard students. Join the webinar to participate in live conversation in response to student projects. Be prepared to see fungi in a whole new way!
If you’re starting to turn your attention from outdoor mushroom hunting to things you can do with fungi indoors, here’s a great online learning opportunity!
On November 9 at 7:30 PM (EST), Jeremy Umansky of the Ohio Mushroom Society will tell us about koji, a fascinating filamentous fungus (Aspergillus oryzae), that adds umami to just about any food. Best of all, Jeremy will show us how to make it at home. Wait until you see how beautiful it is!
Jeremy is co-author, with Rich Shih, of Koji Alchemy: Rediscovering the Magic of Mold-Based Fermentation (Chelsea Green,2020). He is also a James Beard Award-nominated chef and chef/owner of Larder: A Curated Delicatessen & Bakery in Cleveland, Ohio.
This event is for NAMA (North American Mycological Association) members only, so if you haven’t joined yet, now’s a good opportunity to do so. As an OMS member, you can get a $5 discount on your membership.
Mount Pisgah Arboretum, located in Eugene Oregon, is hosting a virtual foray this Sunday October 25th. There will be 8 hours of mushroom-centric programming streamed to viewers, including presentations from leading experts in the field of mycology, mushroom cooking demos, mushroom forays, live Q&A with experts, music, an iNaturalist Mycoblitz, and so much more ~ all for free!
Mount Pisgah Arboretum’s Mushroom Festival has decades of tradition and has evolved over the years to bring family fun and education in creative and innovative ways to our local community. This year, we are excited to bring our first-ever virtual version of our mushroom festival to our local community and beyond.
What: Mount Pisgah Arboretum with Cascade Mycological Society and Lane Community College present the 2020 Virtual Mushroom Show! When: Sunday, October 25th, from 10 am to 6 pm PST (that’s 1 pm to 9 pm EST) Where: Check out all streaming locations on our website at www.mountpisgaharboretum.org/virtual-mushroom-festival/
Congratulations to OMS Board Member Bob Antibus, who now has a trail access named after him by the Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District, for whom Bob has served as Park Commissioner for the last 27 years! This impressive sign is in a small park that provides an access point to the Miami-Erie Canal Towpath Trail. (The park will eventually have trails but is now wooded.) If you happen to be biking or walking in the Lima, OH area you can find it at 12335 Zion Church Rd, roughly midway between Spencerville and Delphos.
An honor much deserved! Isn’t it great to see Bob and Joanne’s lovely faces in this time of separation?
We hope you weren’t pinning too many of your hopes on our July mini forays; as anxious as we are to get back to hunting together, it seems July is the wrong month to do it in. Please click over to the Events page for another update on our foray calendar, and stay hydrated and healthy out there!
On a brighter note, the next issue of the Mushroom Log newsletter will be forthcoming very soon! Here’s a photo of a pristine Laetiporus cincinnatus from 2019 to tide you over.
OMS is cautiously offering a few small forays of limited size and scope in July – click on over to the Events page for information on July mini forays and the precautions we are taking to ensure everyone’s safety during these events. Happy hunting!
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