Websites
  • This site contains great photos and descriptions of California mushrooms. The descriptions talk about the mushroom itself, its edibility, habitat, and include comments to help identify them, including multiple references and other observations.
  • This site is a collection of fungi observations that you can participate in by adding your own observations. Its purpose is to record observations about mushrooms, help people identify mushrooms they arenít familiar with, and expand the community around the scientific exploration of mushrooms.
  • This site collects observations of living organisms, including Fungi, Animals, Plants, Protozoa, and Chromista. It is an online social network of people sharing biodiversity information to help each other learn about nature. You can use it to record your own observations, get help with identifications, collaborate with others to collect this kind of information for a common purpose, or access the observational data collected by iNaturalist users.
  • This site contains plenty of descriptions designed to help you find and identify wild mushrooms. Images range from full mushrooms to the spores that they create. The focus is on mushrooms of the Eastern and Midwestern US.
  • Mycology groups within California:
  • NAMA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of professional and amateur mycologists with over 80 affiliated mycological societies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. LAMS is an affiliated club and members can get a discount on their NAMA membership by including our club name on the membership form.
  • MSA is an international professional organization that is home to mycologists based in the United States and Canada. Mycologists, students of the Fungi, mycologues, mycophiles, fungal biologists, and all persons with a personal or professional interest in fungi are welcome.
LAMS Resources
Besides the external resources of information available to you through websites, books, and journals, you may be able to get the answers to your questions right here with LAMS. People interested in mushrooms are a diverse crowd, and if you're interested in cooking, ecology, photography, identification, health, or something else, there's probably a person that can answer your question or get you pointed in the right direction. And it probably helps to get information from multiple sources so you can make your own decisions on what works best for you. A member of the LAMS Council would be a good place to start, or perhaps the speaker that has given a presentation at one of our events. Volunteering is also a good way to meet people and find out about other opportunities. You can reach out to any of the people on our Contacts page to find out about how to volunteer.