May Monthly Newsletter

Photo by Wendell Smith

May Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, May 18th 6:00 – 7:00 pm  with Trevor Rodgers
amateur mycologist and fungi enthusiast

From Spore to Sequence
Have you ever wondered how DNA sequences can be obtained from mushrooms and used to identify them?

During this presentation we will take a look into the process of DNA barcoding of fungi. We will explore molecular techniques, such as DNA extraction and PCR, to prepare for sanger sequencing. We will also talk about using genbank. This is one not to miss!

Monthly Meeting Zoom Meeting

Ways to Connect
We have a number of different ways that members can reach out to each other and we want to make sure everyone knows how to stay in touch! 

We have a Google Group ( that was mostly inactive, but we would love for folks to use it. You may see some more activity there from board members as we resurrect this really helpful tool! Please join by sending an email to

We also have a Facebook group ( where members have been posting photos of their finds and sharing info!

We also have a community Slack (! Slack is a channel-based messaging platform which allows users to chat in real time. Click this link to join! 

We are excited to have you join us in person this year for forays! Please be advised, we have a strict COVID protocol that is subject to change as the pandemic continues to change over time. We will be limiting capacity for forays, so please be sure to fill out this form (below) as soon as possible to help our whole MMS family be able to participate. We look forward to seeing you. You will receive a confirmation email and further details from the Board of Directors when you have been successfully signed up.

 Thank you!

Sign Up Form

Foray Kits
We are really excited to share that we’ve put together foray kits! Each kit is $25. In each kit you will receive: A copy of “Mushrooms in Your Pocket” from University of Iowa PressA mesh bag with the MMS logoA magnification loupeA sharpieWax bagsIf you’re interested in buying a foray kit we can ship or drop it off on your porch! 

Become a member of the Madison Mycological Society or RENEW your membership. Membership is only $15/year, $10/year for students, or $25 for partners/families. The fee helps the Board fund forays, programming, and a special event or two for the members. Lifetime memberships are also available for $100! You can also fiscally sponsor a membership for another human. All of our Board members volunteer their time, so your contribution goes right back into MMS. Last year we had a whopping 135 active members — up from 60 the previous year. So please — sign up or renew now and bring along a friend for next year’s ride. It’s only going to get better!

 Become a Member/Renew Here