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Check out these helpful resources when it comes to Mushrooms!
Online Identification Resources:
iNaturalist (inaturalist.org): A crowd-sourced platform where you can upload photos of mushrooms for identification assistance from a community of naturalists and experts.
MushroomExpert.com (mushroomexpert.com): An online resource featuring a vast collection of detailed mushroom descriptions, photographs, and identification keys.
Online Mushroom Forums and Communities:
Mushroom Observer (mushroomobserver.org): A community-driven website for sharing mushroom observations, photos, and information, aiding in identification and expanding knowledge.
Reddit – r/mycology (reddit.com/r/mycology): The r/mycology subreddit is a popular online community dedicated to all things related to mushrooms and mycology. It serves as a platform for sharing photos, asking questions, discussing mushroom identification, cultivation techniques, and scientific research.
Books and Field Guides:
“Mushrooms Demystified” by David Arora: This comprehensive guide covers a wide range of mushroom species, providing detailed descriptions and identification keys.
“National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms” by Gary Lincoff: A user-friendly field guide with clear color photographs and concise information on a variety of mushrooms.
“Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World” by Paul Stamets: Explores the ecological role of mushrooms and their potential applications in various fields, such as bioremediation and medicine.
Mycology Courses and Workshops:
Local Mycology Clubs: Joining a local mycology club or society can provide opportunities to attend workshops, lectures, and forays led by experienced mycologists and knowledgeable enthusiasts. These organizations often organize field trips and offer hands-on learning experiences.
Remember to cross-reference information from multiple sources and consult experienced mycologists or mushroom experts when in doubt. Additionally, local botanical gardens, nature centers, or universities may offer workshops, lectures, or courses on mycology, providing invaluable opportunities for learning and networking with fellow mushroom enthusiasts!