• 2014 Wild Mushroom Show, Bellingham, WA. Photo: Erin Moore
  • Summer Prince, Agaricus augustus. Photo: Dick Morrison
  • Morchella anthracophila at a burn near Wenatchee, WA. Photo by Dick Morrison
    Morchella anthracophila found near Wenatchee. Photo: Dick Morrison
  • Springtime grisette. Photo: Erin Moore
  • Mountain blond morel found in Bellingham. Stereo image by Fred Rhoades.
    Mountain blond morel, Bellingham. Stereo image: Fred Rhoades
  • Mushrooms and forest - a long-time symbiosis. Photo: Erin Moore
  • Amanita muscaria near Mt Baker
    Fly agaric, Amanita muscaria. Photo: Erin Moore
  • A cort, a cort - my kingdom for a cort. Photo: Erin Moore
  • Fall mushroom i.d. table. Photo: Flicker Seattle.roamer
  • Mushroom hunter with shaggy parasol. Photo: Erin Moore
  • Fall Gomphidius subroseus. Photo: Dick Morrison
  • Old-growth forest near Mount Baker. Photo: Erin Moore
  • Autumn Hygrocybe coccineocrenata. Photo: Dick Morrison
  • Snow on mycenas. Photo: Brett Cole Photography
  • Chanterelles. Photo: Brett Cole Photography
  • Coral mushroom. Photo: Brett Cole Photography
  • Chicken of the Woods. Photo: Erin Moore
  • Fall evergreen forest. Photo: Erin Moore
  • Mushhump, Russula xerampelina. Photo: Erin Moore
  • Young banana slug, Olympic Peninsula. Photo: Erin Moore
  • Fometopsis pinicola. Photo: Erin Moore

The rains have finally arrived and the WILD MUSHROOM SHOW is just around the corner (Oct 18). Now is a good time to think about what you will do to help…and if you’re a beginner, you don’t need to know much. The show is a great place to learn.

There is something for everybody, from strong person for the entry display to assistant to the mushroom chef to hourly announcer of the Pavilion Talks. Pitch in! Sign up at the September 10 member meeting or email maggie (a) fidalgo.net.

Who we are. The Northwest Mushroomers Association has promoted the understanding and appreciation of mushrooms since 1989, furthering the study of fungi, their identification, natural history, ecology and conservation. We serve mushroom enthusiasts in northwest Washington State, including Whatcom, Skagit, and Island Counties.

What we do. Northwest Mushroomers meet the second Thursdays of each month during spring and fall to explore the amazing world of fungi. At our member meetings you’ll enjoy excellent guest speakers on intriguing topics, as well as hands-on identification of local mushroom specimens.

Every October we sponsor a Wild Mushroom Show celebrating Northwest mushrooms and their natural habits and habitats. Each fall Northwest Mushroomers Association also teaches a members-only mushroom identification class. Each spring we sponsor a Survivors Banquet in Bellingham and a Morel Madness outing near Lake Wenatchee.

Join us! With membership, the whole family can join in group forays, with details sent to members by email. At these forays, we head out together to local habitats to hunt for mushrooms. Our more experienced members share their knowledge of mushroom identification, habitat, and habits with those new to the study of fungi.

On that note, an excellent resource to help you learn to identify your finds is MatchMaker Version 2.2, now available for Mac users as well – sweet!