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A New Home for the Southern Idaho Mycological Association

Welcome!

Welcome to our brand-new website/domain which takes over from our previous domain of simykos.net (and before that, simykos.org). Hopefully “Idaho Mushroom Club” is a bit more descriptive and search-engine-friendly so mycophiles of all sorts from Central to Southern Idaho are able to find us. It’s also a more accessible/dependable place than our Facebook page to communicate updates if we need to modify meetings and events due to Covid-19. Thanks 2020. 😉

Additional posts, events, and photos will begin showing up as time goes by and we’re able to add new information and update/migrate some of the great historical content from our previous site.

Contributions From Hundreds of Southern Idaho Mycological Association Members

The Southern Idaho Mycological Association has a long and rich history in the state of Idaho, from its founding in 1976 under the leadership of Ellen Trueblood, through years of consistent spring and fall forays with many noted amateur and professional mycologists. SIMA has also hosted two national forays with the North American Mycological Association. (Here’s a link to NAMA’s 2008 Mycophile newsletter which talks about the 2008 foray held here in Idaho in honor of mycologist and longtime SIMA friend Orson Miller. It also mentions quite a few of those “noted mycologists” who were in attendance.)

In its forty-four year history, SIMA has held hundreds of educational events, identified thousands of mushroom species, and helped countless members and friends of the Association advance and inform their love of fungi. I’m both proud and humbled to be adding my small contributions to such a wonderful organization – reading through some of the historical documents I found while preparing this site I realize I have some big shoes to fill! Not to mention a huge job helping to recruit a new generation of mycophiles and (hopefully) volunteers into the fold.

Moving SIMA Into the Future

I’m definitely not a professional mycologist and, at twelve or so years into my pursuit of amateur mycology, feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface of what there is to learn. So I was definitely a bit surprised to be asked last year to consider taking over as SIMA President, but also very pleased. With the help of our current Board of Directors, I hope to bring some new ideas and methods of sharing mycological information to the club and at the same time honor and share the tremendous amount of information that has already been collected with a new generation of mushroom lovers.

If you have memories of or connections to SIMA I would love to hear from you! Please share in the comments so others can connect as well.

Warmest mushroom regards,

Krista Willmorth,
President, Southern Idaho Mycological Association

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