Here’s the information sheet from Janet Nelson for how to use iNaturalist

Where Can I Hunt Mushrooms

Although this article is from Debra Shankland of the Ohio Mushroom Society it is very similar to Minnesota’s situation. Exceptions include that in MN, State Parks prohibit Chaga collection. National Forest areas have a “personal on-site use” limit. Always check the websites for areas you want to visit for collection allowances.

Online Resources for Mushrooming and Mycology

(A very partial list)

  • MushroomExpert Lots of understandable information about fungi, how to study them, and identification keys that you can use to ID your mushrooms.
  • Mushroom Observer Thousands of fungi pictures and peer help with identification if you upload a picture (free registration necessary to upload)
  • MycoGuide   Fungi of the Midwest and America – a huge source of mycological information for our area
  • The Forager Chef Wonderful recipes and how-to from Minneapolis based chef.
  • Current and historical fungal taxonomy to use the right name
  • MMS Newcomer Packet Great information on how to describe fungi.
  • NAMA suggested reading….quite a long list…plans afoot at PBMC to create more of a ‘learning list.’
Other Groups “…If you’re traveling in the north country fair….”

Suggested Reading and References

Baroni, Tim, Mushrooms of the Northeastern United  States and Eastern Canada ,Timber Press

Kuo, Michael and Andrew Methven, Mushrooms of the Midwest, University of Illinois Press, 2014.

Mushrooms of the Upper Midwest Teresa Marrone and Kathy Yerich, Mushrooms of the Upper Midwest: A Simple Guide to Common Mushrooms, Adventure Publications, 2014.

Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation by Tradd Cotter

NAMA Mushroom Poisoning Information

As a club affiliated with the North American Mycological Association, there are things we can do to help.  The NAMA website has an informative “poisonings” section with detailed information about symptoms for various kinds of ingested toxins, the most visited page on the site:

If you know anyone who has had an unfortunate experience eating wild mushrooms this season, including pets, I encourage you to file an online poison report.  NAMA collects these reports, and reports from its web of emergency mushroom identifiers, into an extensive database of mushroom poisonings through the decades.

Be safe.  If in doubt, throw it out!

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