March 5th Program – Mycoflora Project

The North American Mycoflora Project

Patrick Leacock will discuss the goals and process for IMA to locally begin participation in the North American Mycoflora Project. It is a collaboration between professional mycologists and citizen scientists to identify and map the distribution of macrofungi. It taps into the vast amount of knowledge and data gathered by individuals and mycology clubs, and can provide a new focus for club efforts. IMA members will carry out careful documentation and preparation of specimens (vouchering), mainly from forays. Specimens will be deposited at the Field Museum and other mycology labs with perform DNA sequencing. For more information see

Patrick is a professional mycologist, a scientific advisor for IMA, and the liaison with the Field Museum. He has been researching the mushrooms and other fungi of the Chicago Region for 20 years. Patrick is also active with the North American Mycological Association and has run their Voucher Program for 18 years. Patrick’s website is

Niles Historical & Cultural Center is about a tenth of a mile Southeast from the Golf-Mill Shopping center. The former sheriff’s office has parking behind the building. The meeting room is on the third floor and is accessible by elevator as well as a large staircase. Restrooms are available on first and third floors. A museum volunteer will open the building for us this evening. For public transport from the city, take the Blue Line to the Jefferson Park CTA Station, from there it is 20 minutes on the PACE #270 bus to Milwaukee and Elizabeth. The museum is open to the public Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM.


Niles Historical Society
8970 Milwaukee Avenue
Niles, IL 60714

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Catherine Lambrecht

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