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In the News

The April issue of Chicago Magazine has a feature article on Patrick: Do You Know the Mushroom Man? Also see side article: Where to Go Mushroom Hunting In and Around Chicago.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 20th, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Slushies and Science event at Sidetrack in Lakeview:
The Field Museum’s scientists are taking over Sidetrack for an evening of cocktails and curiosity. In honor of Pride month, we’ll be talking about the science of sex. Learn about sex in Mushrooms, Fishes, Spiders and Millipedes, and more.

Saturday, June 24th, 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Joint meeting of the Wisconsin Mycological Society and the Illinois Mycological Association:
Joint Meeting – Midwest Mushrooms with Patrick Leacock and other club members at the Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha, Wisconsin


There are 21 Orders for the Class Agaricomycetes (the mushroom forming fungi). Half of these groups were described after the start of DNA analysis, many of them within the last ten years, as multigene methods improved. Check out who's who in these pages below.

Mushroom Videos

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Mushroom Description Pages

Building pages for the 1200 different kinds of macro-fungi in the Chicago area. These are the first species pages. There are also higher level pages from Kingdom down to genus. For example: Cantharellus, Hypocrea, Stereum, and Trametes. See Updates.

Highlights from other websites

Mycologists from USA and Canada are proposing fungi for the Global Fungal Red List. See the mushrooms from the April Workshop.

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Presentations in 2017 by Patrick

Presentations in 2016 by Patrick

Presentations in 2015 by Patrick

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