What we're about

The IMA is comprised of mycologists and laypeople from all walks of life who share a common interest in the study of mushrooms. Individual members often have specific areas of interest and expertise, including mushroom foraging, identification, cultivation, mycoremediation, mycorrhizas, medical mycology, lichens, and edible, poisonous, and medicinal fungi.

If you are new to mushrooming, joining a mushroom club will give you the opportunity to learn about the fungal diversity found during the seasons in Chicagoland and how to identify species properly and safely. Whether you’re an experienced mycophile or are new to the Kingdom of Fungi, we welcome your knowledge and companionship.

Monthly Meetings and Lecture Series are held from March to December at 7:30 PM on the first Monday of each month and the first Tuesday in September. Check our website for the event dates, locations, and future programs: http://www.illinoismyco.org/events/

For non-IMA-members, there is a $5 suggested donation to attend our lecture series events. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please join us! Membership in the IMA is only $20 per year and includes participation in our monthly members-only forays. While our lecture series is open to the public, forays into the woods are limited to members only. This is because the IMA is a scientific and educational nonprofit that holds a scientific collection permit to pick wild mushrooms for research and education. Club members also receive a great digital monthly newsletter with articles, recipes, research, art and information on additional events. You can become an IMA member at any IMA event, or by clicking here http://www.illinoismyco.org/join-us/

Are you interested in learning about mushrooms? Our group offers a great way to share time outdoors with friends and family, while learning about our local environment and mushroom species. Our forays are led by mycologists from organizations like the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Field Museum. Imagine how wonderful it is to have a passionate expert with you in the woods who can identify all of the mushrooms found and provide an integrated ecological context for each.

The Illinois Mycological Association is dedicated to promoting mycology among members and the public. The IMA is a mushroom club that gets together several times a month to go on forays to look for mushrooms. Also, once a month, we have a sit-down evening meeting for a lecture, some socializing, and discussion of fungi. There are also special events from time to time, such as our annual dinner, special guest speakers, and so on.

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A Path to Knowing All the Mushrooms of Illinois with Stephen Russell

Stephen will discuss his efforts to create a statewide biodiversity survey of macrofungi from Indiana and how these efforts can be applied to neighbors in Illinois. Primary topics will include integrating citizen scientists, online forays, specimen collection, and how anyone in Illinois can get important specimens DNA sequenced for free. Stephen Russell is a mycologist from Indiana working on a biodiversity survey of all of the macrofungi (mushrooms) that occur in the state. He founded The Hoosier Mushroom Society in 2009 and is currently the President of the organization. His initial interest in mushrooms began with cultivation, which led to writing a book titled The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms (Storey Publishing, 2014). Stephen’s current project is a citizen science and DNA based exploration of local fungal biodiversity, which has now generated thousands of new DNA-sequenced collections of fungal fruitbodies from across the state. Stephen is currently a Ph.D. candidate in mycology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He also holds a Masters of Public Affairs (MPA) and a Masters of Environmental Science (MS) from Indiana University and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Communications from Purdue University. When not working with fungi, Stephen works as the CTO for a private equity firm. Visit Mycoflora's website at https://mycoflora.org/ IllinoisMyco.org If you're new to participating in Zoom meetings, here are a couple tips: • Download Zoom from zoom.us prior to the meeting. • Test your video and audio, adjust settings as needed • Join a test meeting at https://zoom.us/test For further information, please contact the Illinois Mycological Association at[masked] or [masked]. Renew your membership in IMA for 2020 now. Use PayPal from this link: Join Us | Illinois Mycological Assocation or use the form on the back page of the newsletter to send a check Upcoming Programs: August 17, 2020: iNaturalist and IMA with Patrick Leacock, PhD September 8 @ Chicago Botanic Gardens - Not happening this year September 10, 2020: TBA October 5, 2020: TBA October 19, 2020: TBA November TBA, 2020: TBA December 7, 2020: Annual Member Picture Show and Party Information on forays are in our newsletter.

Annual Labor Day Mushroom Show

Chicago Botanic Garden

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The Joy of Fungal Sex with Patrick Leacock, PhD

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