The Susquehanna Valley Mycological Society, lets collect mushrooms

Welcome to The Susquehanna Valley Mycological Society

"The Apple is the fruit of the apple tree, Mushrooms are the fruit of the mycelium, and Spores are the fruit of mold!"

-Richard F. Progovitz

The Susquehanna Valley Mycological Society (S.V.M.S.) is a non-profit organization and was founded in 1992 by ten people in the south central New York State region who had a common interest in mushrooms. Over a decade later, our club is thriving and our membership fluctuates between seventy and ninety members each year.

What's New

A Wealth of Knowledge

Most of our activities are in Broome and Tioga counties in New York, and Susquehanna county in Pennsylvania. S.V.M.S. is charter member of North America Mycological Association (N.A.M.A.) and Northeast Mycological Federation (N.E.M.F.). Both of these organizations are comprised of almost all of the Mycologists in the Western Hemisphere. We have a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips. You could have that also.

Look, Learn and Laugh

"If you are not finding mushrooms, you are not on your hands and knees"

-David Fischer
coauthor of "Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America and Mushrooms of Northeastern North America"

Join our club and walk the mycologically rich forests of New York and Pennsylvania with us. We have three to four annual forays from the spring through the fall each year. These forays offer you a chance to learn more about the local varieties of fungi and enjoy the company of fellow mushroom minded people.

Feel Right at Home

Our membership spans all knowledge levels, from the novice to the seasoned expert. You will not feel out of place, whatever your level of experience. Our members also come from a wide range of backgrounds. You will find that you have much in common with quite a few S.V.M.S. folks.

What's new

2016 Winter Meeting Plus

Join Riverow Bookshop 187 Front Street in Owego New York on Saturday February 27 from 3PM to 5PM as they welcome nationally recognized journalist and food writer Eugenia Bone. She has written five books: At Mesa's Edge (nominated for a Colorado Book Award), Italian Family Dining (written with her father Edward Giobbi), Well Preserved (nominated for a James Beard Award), Mycophilia, a book that explores the expanding field of mycology in biology, cultivation, nutrition, medicine, and psychedelics, and Kitchen Ecosystem: Integrating Recipes to Create Delicious Meals. Eugenia has had articles published in Italian Cook, Mushroom Hunter, Master Canner, and newspapers and magazines such as New York Times, Saveur, Epicurious, Food And Wine, Gourmet, Fine Cooking, The Wine Enthusiast, National Lampoon and Martha Stewart Living.
In her unique Eugenia style, she tells us of fungi that make you well and fungi that make you sick. She provides insight into shrooms and the Telluride Mushroom Festival that celebrates the world of fungi. She describes mycotechnologies and the use of mushrooms in mycoremediation . Dedicated mycologists and mycophagists will be thrilled to find the classic Ernest Bloch's 1912 photo of the mushroom lady contained in this book. If you are a mushroom enthusiast this is a must read!
Eugenia loves mushrooms and foraging and is an active member of the New York Mycological Society. She and her husband call New York City their home along with their two children.
Join us for a meet and greet at the Riverow Bookshop. Copies of Eugenia's books will be available for purchase and signing. A demonstration of mushroom cooking will be presented.
On Saturday February 27 join the public/bookstore audience from 3PM-5PM, when Eugenia will demo marinated mushrooms with both wild and cultivated mushrooms and present a slide or power point program.
For the Sunday February 28 Mushroom Club audience from 1PM-3PM, Eugenia will demo the black trumpet and tuna salad with small rolls, a tasting of Chanterelle marmalade plus a discussion and power point presentation.
Save the date and mark your calendars. We hope you will join us as Eugenia shares her cooking expertise and knowledge of the wonderful world of fungi.

2016 SVMS Foray Dates Posted

Check out the 2016 foray dates.

Other 2016 Forays of Interest

NAMA Front Royal Virginia Sept 8,9,10,11
COMA Copake New York (was going to be same dates as NAMA-dates now TBD)
Peck Foray (usually the 2nd or 3rd weekend in September dates TBD)

NEMF 2011 video.

Here is the link to the NEMF 2011 video for the foray at Paul Smith's College.
Armillaria research
I am a graduate student at Duke University in Rytas Vilgalys' mycology lab. I first became involved with NAMA during my undergraduate work at La Crosse, Wisconsin with Tom Volk and was impressed with how active NAMA members are in going out and collecting mushrooms and how proficient many are at taxonomy. For my PhD thesis I am interested in deciphering the parasitism that leads to aborted Armillaria (formerly known as aborted Entoloma). However, to do this I need extensive sampling throughout North America so I can track which species of Armillaria are involved in which regions. This is where I hope NAMA members might be of assistance! These mushrooms will start appearing over the next few months and I would be most grateful if mushroom hunters would keep an eye out for me and send any specimens they collect. I've attached a flyer with more information and my contact information if you would like to distribute it to your club members.
Thank you so much for your time. This project is not possible without the cooperation and assistance of clubs such as yours and I appreciate these efforts very much.
Bernadette O'Reilly
Check out the "Wanted Poster" (pdf) for more information. You can also contact .
Amanita phalloides research
Benjamin Wolfe, a PhD student at Harvard in the Pringle Lab in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, needs our help. That lab is conducting a comprehensive biogeographical survey of the mushroom producing fungus Amanita phalloides throughout the world to answer questions regarding the potential introduction and spread of A. phalloides in North America. It is thought that A. phalloides may be acting as an "invasive species" in North America, and they are trying to confirm or refute this idea by observational and experimental work in their lab. They are now conducting a biogeographical survey on the East Coast, where there have been known introductions of A. phalloides. Check out their "Wanted Poster" (pdf) for more information. You can also contact or his research advisor .

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