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What is happening this month?

During the winter time you can find those various polypore brackets that persist, some of which release spores in the spring. There are a few mushrooms that can be found when the temperatures go above freezing. Take the time to read up about mushrooms and check out various Resources and Books. The next mushroom season starts in March!

Get a Checklist of the most common fungi. Add to our knowledge of what mushrooms can be found in the region.

Mushroom Videos

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Mushroom Description Pages

Starting to build pages for the 1200 different kinds of macro-fungi in the Chicago area. These are the first species pages. There are also higher level pages from Kingdom down to genus. For example: Hypocrea, Stereum, and Trametes. See Updates.

Highlights from other websites

Greg Mueller, colleague at the Chicago Botanic Garden, article on National Geographic: The Next New Species Could be in Your Backyard: Why Exploration and Discovery Matter – Everywhere

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