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It’s Membership Renewal Time! Or, become a New Member!

A Maine Mycological Association membership includes access to our resources and scholarships, a subscription to our newsletter, and admission to summer forays and winter programming.

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If you prefer to sign up via mail, please download the printable membership form, fill it out, enclose a check for your membership, and mail to:

Maine Mycological Association, Inc.
15 Brentwood Dr.
Cumberland Foreside, ME 04110

Thank you so much. Stay safe out there. We hope to be able to see you all in the future.


Link to the recording:

POISONOUS MUSHROOMS IN MAINE & HOW TO AVOID THEM or Foraging for Mushrooms: Know Your Toxic Species A look at mushroom poisonings and the common wild Maine mushrooms responsible with tips on safe foraging. The risk of poisoning from wild mushrooms is real. Maine has a number of common species that can sicken the unwary and a few with the potential to kill. Mushroom expert Greg Marley reviews the risk of mushroom poisoning and has tips for avoiding the problem mushrooms.

Companion reading material for presentation also by Greg Marley

Hang in there.

And keep to yourself as much as possible.  It’s nice in the woods, even if there aren’t many mushrooms yet.

While we had a great turnout for David Spahr, it was the last public gathering at the Camden Library for March.  Most if not all libraries are closed at the moment and we don’t know what to expect for April and our other two scheduled talks.  Stay tuned.  And stay well.



Winter Talks 2020

Saturday 14 March 2020 2-4 pm, Camden Public Library. Local mycologist and author David Spahr will give a presentation on Inonotus obliquus, better known as chaga, an ingredient you have probably seen for sale in products ranging from tea to beer. Come learn about the biology and of this northern fungus and what makes it so special to humans.

CHANGED TO A WEBINAR ON 16 APRIL.  CHECK LIBRARY WEBSITE OR EMAIL FROM MMA.  Saturday 11 April 2020, 2-4 pm, Camden Public Library. Local mycologist and author Greg Marley will give a presentation entitled “Mushrooming Foraging in Maine and New England; Trends, Favorites and Stories”. Mushrooming has taken hold across Maine and the US as people flock to the forest and fields chasing the elusive fantastic fungi. This talk will report on the results of a survey of mushrooms in the Northeast. What is the favorite mushroom for eating and how many mushrooms are on your list. Come add your voice to the conversation.

Cancelled. 🙁. Saturday 25 April 11am to 1pm, Curtiss Library, Brunswick. Biologist and polypore fan Robert Pinette will discuss “Why Names Change.” This presentation will provide insights into problems early mycologists faced with early classification including evolving philosophies and how establishing naming principles over 100 years later had a profound effect on present day nomenclature. A few examples of how molecular techniques are affecting present-day taxonomy will be briefly examined. 

More ‘Fantastic Fungi’ (film) opportunities

Happy Groundhog Day and more more more screenings added at PMA:

Tuesday February 18th at 2:00,

Wednesday February 19th at 2:00

Saturday February 22nd at 11:00 a.m


Happy New Year! SCREENINGS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED at Portland Museum of Art

1/2 2:00
1/2 6:00
1/4 11:00
1/5 11:00
1/7 2:00

If you missed the film at RR2 and Rockland, you can still check it out at the Portland Museum of Art, perhaps after strolling through the Newell Convers Wyeth exhibition.  Say hello to MMA board members and renew your membership when you do!

“Fantastic Fungi is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offer us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.”

Directed by: Louis Schwartzberg
Run time: 80 minutes
Rated: NR

2 p.m. Friday, December 27
6 p.m. Friday, December 27
2 p.m. Saturday, December 28
2 p.m. Sunday, December 29
6 p.m. Thursday, January 2