The Melgaards pass along the following letter from David Rust, President of the North American Mycological Society. I have elided some organizational stuff that would be of interest only to club officers.
Registration for the 2013 NAMA foray has been increasing in the months following the
first announcements in The Mycophile and on our NAMA website. Currently most of the deluxe rooms have been taken, although there are quite a number of single beds still available. So that means its time to stop procrastinating, and to get your registration and waiver forms in before it’s too late!
Word on the street and in the fields is that this first ever NAMA foray in the fertile Ozark mountain forests of Arkansas is taking on the appearance of becoming a super-charged event and a shindig that you will regret missing if you don’t sign up for it quickly, before all the beds are taken. Looking at the line-up of the myco- luminaries on the list of participating mycologists, I understand why folks are excited about wanting to be part of this historic foray. To entice you to join us, we have a stellar faculty to help us identify our finds and to enlighten us about their current mycological interests. They include none other than Clark Ovrebo, Alan Bessette, Arleen Bessette, Andy Methven, Michael Kuo, Britt Bunyard, Tom Volk, Rosanne Healy, Jean Lodge, Walt Sturgeon and David Lewis.
The potential is great that some new fungal species previously unknown to science will be found at this foray. The last weekend in October offers an excellent opportunity for more of my fellow mycologists to come to Arkansas to see if they can find and collect a new mushroom or fungus that is currently undescribed. I know you will enjoy collecting the mushrooms as well as all of the other events that make a NAMA foray an unique learning and social experience.
So y’all come on down or up or sideways, from wherever you abide, and join me in the Natural State for the forthcoming fun, fungi and frivolity that will transpire the last weekend in October at the Shepard of the Ozarks conference center.