The Colorado Mycological Society is a non-profit organization established in 1967 to
advance the understanding of, and to stimulate interest in, the field of mycology.

Due to the recent popularity of the Chihuly exhibit at the Denver Botanical Gardens, parking will be a challenge this summer. Please be patient when looking for parking. Here are a couple of suggestions;

  • Carpool if possible
  • Drop off your passengers prior to parking
  • If the parking garage is full, try the side streets
  • If you like to walk, park at Cheesman Park, 4 blocks west of the gardens and walk on over.

If you have your CMS membership card, it would be good to have it with you. We apologize for the inconvenience!!

Lichen Biodiversity and its Consequences to the Terrestrial Biome
Presented by: James Lendemer

Tuesday, July 22nd (not our usual schedule!) at 7:30pm. (Bring mushrooms at 7:00 for identification).

Note: We will meet in Mitchell Hall, our usual place.

Bio: Dr. Lendemer is a lichenologist at The New York Botanical Garden, located in The Bronx in New York City. Though raised in Philadelphia, a dense urban landscape, he also spent much of his childhood in rural areas near the Chesapeake Bay and in southern Germany. The stark contrasts between these landscapes, and their biodiversity, inspired him to study Biology at The University of Pennsylvania, and eventually Plant Sciences at The City University of New York. Often in the field for up to half the year, Dr. Lendemer now travels widely to document and describe American lichen biodiversity, as well as disseminate his research to a broad audience.

Current Research: For his PhD, Dr. Lendemer undertook the study of the “dust lichens” an enigmatic genus of more than twenty species that are common in temperate and boreal areas and reproduce entirely asexually. Little is known about the reproductive biology of lichens and many species reproduce in this way. In 2012, together with Dr. Richard Harris from New York, Dr. Lendemer began work on a large project funded by The National Science Foundation to inventory the lichens of the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain, a vast low-lying area imperiled by land use conversion and climate change. This inventory, together with others in the southern Appalachian Mountains and elsewhere in North America, has fundamentally changed our understanding of lichen biodiversity patterns and why lichens should be part of a broader conservation dialogue.

We are meeting at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street. (Map)

Next foray:

The Schedule of forays for 2014 has been published. The first foray will be on June 14.

Schedule details: 2014 Foray Schedule

PHOTO CONTEST 2013 RESULTS - click on photos for higher resolution file. Click back button to return to this page.

First Prize - Mila Essam
Xerampelina campanella
  First Prize - Ikuko Lubow
Mycena pura

First Prize - Mike Essam
Parasola cap

artistic first   documentary 1   ag1
Second Prize - Dave Watson
Lycoperdon perlatum
  Second Prize - Ikuko Lubow
  Second Prize - Lee Gillman
Boletus harvest
artistic 2   documentary 2   artistic 2
Third Prize - Ikuko Lubow
Mycena pura
  Third Prize - Mila Essam
  Third Prize - John Bryce
artistic 3   documentary 3   anything goes 3



CMS Meetings:

  • Meetings are held on the second Monday night of each month, from March through October, at 7:30 PM. The doors open at 7:00. This year we are back at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street (Map). The meetings are in Mitchell Hall. There is no charge to get into the Botanic Gardens in the evening to attend a CMS meeting.

  • CMS meetings provide an informal opportunity to socialize and exchange information with others interested in mycology.

  • Each meeting features a lecture and/or slide presentation on mycology or a related subject.

  • Speakers include nationally known mycologists, outside specialists and knowledgeable members

  • Visitors & members are encouraged to bring the mushrooms they find to the meetings.

  • Knowledgeable members will be happy to help you identify the mushrooms you have found.

A Call for Volunteers for CMS — The Colorado Mycological Society depends on volunteers from the membership to deliver its services to the general membership. Many, if not most, of the volunteer positions do not require extensive knowledge of mycology. What they do require is enthusiasm and a willingness to devote a few hours each month to the position.

Although most of the committees currently have chairpersons assigned to them, there are still a few that require a chairperson. If you would like to volunteer for one of these "open" committee positions, contact Karen Ryan by phone at 303-355-5966 or by email).

If you would like to serve on a committee that is currently chaired or obtain more information about the activities of the committee, contact the chairperson directly.