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LAMS is a non-profit group whose purpose is to foster and expand the understanding and appreciation of mycology (that is the study of mushrooms and fungi).

We create and sponsor fun mushroom related events and help people learn about and identify mushrooms they find in the greater Los Angeles area.

IMPORTANT UPDATE!  Please see the directions page for a change to the entrance to our meeting room. (Hint: the long walk through the bowels of the Natural History Museum is over.)

April 16 (Monday) 7:30 PM LAMS General Meeting, Times-Mirror Meeting Room, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Speaker: Dr. Christopher May, President, Arizona Mushroom Society

Program: "Fungi and Fungal Habitats of Arizona"

Residents of California are no doubt familiar with the annual influx of “Zonies” who invade their beaches and amusement parks to escape the Arizona summers. Few of them are aware that there is a similar but much smaller migration of knowledgeable California mushroom hunters in the other direction at the same time. While the Arizona deserts are suffering in the hot weather of mid-July to mid-September, near-daily monsoon thunderstorms dump copious moisture on the cool, heavily-forested mountains that rise to almost 13,000 feet of elevation in the northern and eastern part of the state. During this short but usually productive season, the forests respond with a riot of fungi of all descriptions, including many of the most desirable edible species like porcini, chanterelles, oyster mushrooms, and lobster mushrooms. There is also a brief spring season when morels appear in most years.

Dr. Christopher May, President of the Arizona Mushroom Society, will speak about the many mushrooms that grow in Arizona and the habitats where they are found. The climatological and geographic features that give life to our forests will be discussed, as well as the vast public lands where mushroom hunting is allowed (and a few places where it is not.) He will also talk about printed and on-line resources that are helpful to Arizona mushroom hunters, and speak briefly about the Arizona Mushroom Society and its events.


Christopher May with Amanita "cochiseana"


More information about LAMS events, including a biography of the speaker, is available on the Calendar page.


No LAMS forays are scheduled at this timeLAMS members will receive an announcement of forays as soon as they are scheduled.

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