The Chicago Region is rich with parks and many county forest preserves. Neighboring Indiana features Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and adjacent state park. The long history of mycological work documents a diverse mycoflora of well over a thousand species. This effort continues with the help of many participants.Read more >>
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Methods start with collection, note taking and photography. Permanent documentation is based on the preservation of dried and labeled specimens in a herbarium. Identification work is done on fresh or dried mushrooms with the help of websites, books, and other literature. A microscope is used to observe and measure spores, cystidia, and other structures.Read more >>
Mushroom hunting is a great activity. There is no end to the new kinds you can discover, even new species. The North American Mycoflora Project has the goal of assembling a mushroom flora for North America. Related websites are listed here. Groups across the continent are documenting their local mushrooms with photos, specimens, and location data.Read more >>