From NJMA: Mushrooming from Home
A great list of mycology links and suggestions from our friends at the New Jersey Mycological Association.
The NJMA also has a great website at njmyco.org that is fun to browse, with a large archive of their newsletters on the site.
Tom Bigelow, president of the New York Mycological Society and member of NJMA, put together this wonderful resource for all of us mushroomers who are stuck at home right now. I've added a few things to it, but most of this was put together by Tom, who I am very grateful to for allowing me to share this with the club.
Since we are missing out on our upcoming lectures and workshops, and many of us cannot even leave our homes, please use these wonderful resources to keep your mushroom minds sharp! And even though we cannot gather together for our fungi festivities, please don't forget to stay in touch with each other. Especially remember to call our elders and those home alone. This is a scary time, but we will get through it and be out in the field soon!!!
See you soon,
NJMA Education Chair
- Hans Otto Baral - On Orbiliomycetes
- Bart Buyck - Russula in North America
- David Hibbett - How Mushrooms Changed the World
- Gary Lincoff - On Gilled Mushrooms
- Donald Pfister - On Orbiliomycetes and Estimating Fungal Diversity
- Alan Rockafeller - Identifying Psychoactive Mushrooms Growing in California
- Christian Schwarz - Mycology into the 21st Century and DNA Sequencing & Citizen Science
- Tom Volk - Cryptic Species
- Bill Yule - How We Identify Mushrooms and On Gyroporus castaneus and On Boletus sensibilis and Boletus bicolor
- Adam Haritan - Many of his Learn Your Land videos are myco related, and not entirely about edibles (although most are).
Soup Up your Audubon Guide!
If you're looking for some mycological activities at home, why not soup-up your Audubon Guide by adding current binomials to the plates! To do this, go to indexfungorum and type in the binomial used in the text of the Audubon Guide, click on the "search" button, and the current name comes up in green. You can then double-check the name on iNaturalist - if they disagree, go with the iNaturalist name. If you have a label printer, print out the new name and affix it to the plate - or make your own labels, or simply write it in. Just remember, names are changing frequently and you'll need to update every once in a while!
Deepen Your Involvement in iNaturalist
You can also deepen your involvement in iNaturalist by checking out this video tutorial Explore iNaturalist When You're Stuck at Home.
Online Reading & Resources
If you're looking for some online reading, or want to brush up on your favorite mushrooms, there are some great websites you can peruse:
- Foray Newfoundland and Labrador All issues of their excellent newsletter Omphalina are available here as pdfs.
- Forest Floor Narrative
- Fungi Growing on Wood Gary Emberger's excellent website on wood-decay fungi (click on "Species List").
- Mushroom Expert Michael Kuo's website - the go-to reference.
- Les champignons du Quebec An invaluable resource. In French - if you don't read French, use Google Translate!
- Mykoweb Michael Wood's excellent website. Check out the "Systematics" page for a huge selection of downloadable mycological literature.
- Tom Volk's Fungus of the Month
- Weird and Wonderful Wild Mushrooms Jan Thornhill's fascinating mushroom blog.
- Cry of the Bolete A shameless plug for my own occasional blog about foraging and rewilding your garden. Not all mushrooms, but definitely fungi heavy.
- Collection of Polypores Dr. Josef Vlasak's collection of polypores, many collected in the mid Atlantic region. A good resource to study of on those brackets.
- Polypores of British Columbia A free PDF of North American Polypores, in full color!
- NJMA News And last but certainly not least, all of NJMA's wonderful newsletter can be found online. Lots of great reading material there.
Check out the series of interviews with prominent mycologists available on youtube - search "An Oral History of Mycology." There are over 50 (!) interviews in this ongoing series.
Violetta White Delafield
If you happened to miss this fantastic article on jstor.org about Violetta White Delafield, please read it! Her drawings are stunningly beautiful. All of the links throughout the article lead to papers about the fungi discussed - it's a lovely and fascinating rabbit-hole to get lost in.
Lewis David von Schweinitz
Jstor.org also has an article on the paintings of early American mycologist Lewis David von Schweinitz. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel, located in Philadelphia, has digitized his beautiful paintings and can be found here. (If you are interested in other natural history artwork that the Academy has digitized, go here.