President's Message

Summer 2020 has arrived, and with that, so has another mushroom season. This year is definitely different than any other with the COVID-19 pandemic crisis gripping our nation and the world. That won't change the world of fungi, so be sure and get out and explore nature and learn more about mushrooms.

The pandemic has affected us all in many ways, and mushroom clubs are no exception. The North American Myclogical Association (NAMA) has cancelled its big annual foray and all of its regional forays for 2020.

We have been closely monitoring the situation and have decided for the safety of club members and society, the summer and fall forays for 2020 will be cancelled.

In lieu of our usual mushroom forays, we are going to a "virtual foray" format, where club members can gather some specimens beforehand and share them via a Zoom meeting. More details can be found on the "Forays" tab.

If you are a club member, you are welcome to join the club's Facebook page (Cumberland Mycological Society) and participate in the club's virtual forays. If you are not a club member and would like to become one, click the "Join the Club" tab in the main menu.

If you are an existing member, you may now pay your renewal dues for 2020.

-Steve Roberts
CMS President


Mushrooms in the Media:

A Mushroom Out of a Fairy Tale That You Might Find in the Forest -from the New York Times.

Why do mushroom hunters keep finding dead people? -from the Kansas City Star

An article from Science Magazine about a mysterious white mushroom in China that has many concerned

The Death Cap is Spreading -an article on a very deadly mushroom HERE

Thinking of hunting mushrooms on private property without permission? Think again! "Officers Nab Mushroom Hunters"

Why some mushrooms are bioluminescent -NBC NEWS