I’m so new...

Discussion in 'HUNTING & IDENTIFICATION' started by NewbieNellie, May 18, 2021.

  1. NewbieNellie

    NewbieNellie New Member

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    I’m so new I don’t know where to begin to learn the identification process. Mushrooms have been popping up in my yard and this super nice guy on the east coast helps me identify them. I appreciate him so much and want to learn about these mycelial flowers. How does one start identifying and memorizing all of these different versions?
     
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    Spore prints and a microscope are the number 1 way to go. If you dont wanna fork out the $ for a scope then you'll have to break down the anatomy in extreme detail. Check the ID rules at the top of this page
     
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  3. LuckOfTheFryish

    LuckOfTheFryish Moderator Moderator Expert Identifier

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    You can always post here and we will help. It also a good idea to invest in a good field guide or two
     
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    Thank you. Could you recommend a good field guide?
     
  5. LuckOfTheFryish

    LuckOfTheFryish Moderator Moderator Expert Identifier

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    You can usually find regional field guides but i think the best 2 to have for any collection are mushrooms demystified by david arora and the Audubon society field guide. All that the rain promises and more is a good one too
     
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    GGTBod Chronicles of Bod Administrator Cannabis Doctor Cacti Doctor

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    Thanks Fry, based on your recommendation i am gonna get them both :hatsoff:
     
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    LuckOfTheFryish Moderator Moderator Expert Identifier

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    They are both north american based. Im not sure if there is a european version. Still, both are great additions in my opinion
     
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    GGTBod Chronicles of Bod Administrator Cannabis Doctor Cacti Doctor

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    we share loads of similar funga and flora over here, plus just good stuff to expand the learning with
     
  9. Alan Rockefeller

    Alan Rockefeller Moderator Moderator Expert Identifier

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    Those are all over 30 years old and they aren't really very good anywhere in the world anymore, but definitely not in Europe.

    This one is new and very good: https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691180373/fungi-of-temperate-europe
     
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    GGTBod Chronicles of Bod Administrator Cannabis Doctor Cacti Doctor

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    Crazy how quick life flies past, thanks for heads up on newer books, I'm just looking at my collection there after reading this and many of my psychedelic reference books are over 30 years old
     
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    the_chosen_one there are no answers.. only choices Moderator Mushroom Doctor

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    Damn. :facepalm: They are that old aren't they. What does that say for us? :lol:
     
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    GGTBod Chronicles of Bod Administrator Cannabis Doctor Cacti Doctor

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    When did we become the elders of the OMC :archie::awepuke:
     
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    the_chosen_one there are no answers.. only choices Moderator Mushroom Doctor

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    :old: Damn kids! Get off my compost pile!

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    Get a field guid! Pick 1 that you want to learn or are interested in and go find it once your comfortable move to the next. Or if your like me you puck eveything that looks interesting and go home and study up. Spore print is a must. Microscope is optional I'd say.. you can get away with a hand lense tho microscope makes it easy
     
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