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

2015 Foray Dates Posted

Check out the 2015 foray dates.

Change in the Hammond Foray Date

The new date for the Hammond foray is September 27, 2014

2014 Foray Dates

Check out the Foray page for dates and locations.

2012 Foray Pictures

The ads have been removed from the 2012 foray pics.

ALL of 2012 Foray pics are Online

Check out the photos page to see all the 2012 pictures.

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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