Can you identify my plant/mushroom/tree/etc.?
Due to time constraints, I do not answer mushroom and plant ID requests. If you are seeking to have your mushroom or plant identified, here are a few options.
- Join your local mushroom or botanical club.
- Join one of the many mushroom or plant identification groups on Facebook.
- Purchase a few good field guides and practice keying out specimens as you find them.
- Bask in the mystery of not knowing what it is you have encountered, but remain open to the possibility that you may receive an answer at a much later date. (Answers are positively correlated with hard work.)
What books and/or field guides do you recommend?
The best books are those that are specific to your region. Without knowing where you live, it’s difficult to make specific recommendations. However, I can make a few general suggestions. For mushrooms, I recommend books by David Arora, Tim Baroni, Alan & Arleen Bessette, Gary Lincoff, Roger Phillips, William Roody, and Walt Sturgeon.
For plants, I recommend Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. If you are specifically interested in plant foraging resources, I recommend books by Samuel Thayer.
What apps do you recommend?
I have never used a single app to identify a plant or mushroom, therefore I cannot recommend any.
How do I find a local mushroom club?
A list of NAMA-affiliated clubs and societies can be found here. Mushroom clubs and societies that are not affiliated with NAMA also exist. To find these organizations, I recommend using an online search engine.
Do you lead private walks?
At this time, I do not lead private walks.
Can you recommend an herb or mushroom for my specific illness?
Health issues can be difficult to address without knowing the particulars of a given situation. Due to time constraints and the challenges involved with online consultations, I do not offer one-on-one health advice.
How do you deal with ticks?
Because I receive this question so frequently, I decided to compile my thoughts in this video.