Macro Identification of Portland Mushrooms

Jordan Weiss

We will learn how to identify common mushrooms-in the field-by using macro-identification charachteristics. By identifying the habitat FIRST, those of us who are familiar with mushrooms can narrow down the choices quickly and those of us who are not familiar with mushrooms, will have an easier time identifying the most common species.

Every living organism on the planet has identification charachteristics which are either micro(With a microscope)or macro(With the naked eye or with magnification) that can aid the student, researcher, biologist, conservationist or nature lover in the correct identification. Rocks and fossils are relatively easy, whereas bacteria and extremophiles are more difficult.

Once beginners can identify mushrooms-in the field-without necessarily picking them, they will gain more confidence to learn more species. This may result in less accidental poisonings by misidentification.

It will also help in finding out what species we have and the more species we know about, the less likely people will be to let another forest or natural area get destroyed for the sake of a few more dollars or buildings.

About the Teacher
I have been "Bemushroomed" since 1979, when I read Paul Stamets first book "Psilocybe mushrooms and their allies". I enjoyed picking, cooking, eating, seeing them in dreams and photographing mushrooms for years and in 2004, I had a dream about mycoremediation that changed my life. In 2006 I started teaching low-tech workshops and a year later, I joined the Oregon Mycological Society.

This spring, I published-with the help of talented and dedicated people-a brochure called, "31 Mushrooms of Portland, Oregon." The first printing of 200 copies recently sold out. This fall, I am looking forward to presenting on Macro-identification characteristics of Portland, Oregon mushrooms at a few events.