In 2007, we published our first theme poster – SOME EDIBLE MUSHROOMS OF ALBERTA (pdf 840 k). Since that time we have produced Medicinal Mushrooms of Alberta and Poisonous Mushrooms of Alberta.
“EMS/NAMA foray report” by Markus Thormann, Martin Osis, and Bill Richards
“Medicinal lichens” by Robert Rogers
“Boletes in Alberta” by Martin Osis
“Cortinarius bovarius (Agaricales), a new species from western North America” by Kare Liimatainen and Tuula Niskanen
The Alberta Mycological Society frequently uses the following books to identify fungi. Keep in mind, these books cover only a small portion of all fungi in their respective region. Hence, it is possible that you will find fungi that are not described in any of these books. That is the nature of mycology.
This is the book that we recommend most to our members, as many of the specimens shown are found in Alberta: Schalkwijk-Barendsen, H.M.E. 1991. Mushrooms of Western Canada. Lone Pine Publishing, Edmonton, AB, Canada. pp. 416. [Also published as: Mushrooms of Northwest North America.]. (available from AMS)
Arora, D. 1986. Mushrooms Demystified, 2nd Edition. Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA, U.S.A. pp. 959.
Barron, G. 1999. Mushrooms of Ontario and Eastern Canada. Lone Pine Publishing, Edmonton, AB, Canada. pp. 336. (available from AMS)
Bossenmaier, E.F. 1997. Mushrooms of the Boreal Forest. University Extension Press, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. pp. 105. (available from AMS)
Boulet, B. 2003. Les Champignons des Arbres de L’Est de L’Amérique du Nord. Les Publications du Québec, Ste-Foy, QC, Canada. pp. 728.
Dähncke, R.M. 1993. 1200 Pilze in Farbfotos. AT Verlag, Stuttgart, Germany. pp. 1179.
Phillips, R. 1991. Mushrooms of North America. Little, Brown & Company Ltd., Toronto, ON, Canada. pp. 319.
Rogers, R. 2006. The Fungal Pharmacy – Medicinal Mushrooms of Western Canada. Prairie Deva Press, Edmonton, AB, Canada. (available from AMS)
Key to Alberta Edible Mushrooms (Note: Key should be used with “Mushrooms of Western Canada”. The key is designed to help narrow the field of possibilities. Should never be used without more detailed descriptions provided in field guides. Always confirm your choice with a good field guide)
- State of the World’s Fungi – 2018
- Mushroom Poisoning Syndromes – Published by the North American Mushroom Association, this resource provides some educational information on different symptoms that may present when mushrooms are consumed.
- For our furry friends, NAMA also published this resource on mushroom poisoning in dogs and cats.
Please use the utmost caution when considering whether or not to eat a fungus. If you do not absolutely know what you have picked, DO NOT EAT IT!!!! Always remember, eating fungi can be dangerous and the effects vary from person to person. If you have properly identified an edible mushroom, always eat a small portion first and keep some of the mushroom in your refrigerator in case your body reacts adversely to it. This eases the diagnosis in case of mushroom poisoning. Please report all mushroom poisonings to “Contact Us”. Happy shrooming to you all…
- Alberta River Basins – Precipitation Data for Alberta
- Alberta Conservation – Alberta Conservation Sites
- Alberta, Naturally – homepage of the Heritage Community Foundation
- Canadian Mycological Associations – an excellent Canadian mycology resource page
- Fungi of Saskatchewan – an image database of fungi in Saskatchewan
- Foray Newfoundland and Labrador – Foray Newfoundland and Labrador is a not-for-profit organization conducting amateur mushroom forays in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Join them at the Viking Foray for the International Year of Biodiversity.
- Mycological Society of Toronto – homepage of the MST in Toronto, ON
- Mycologue Publications – excellent background information of virtually all aspects of mycology
- Nature Alberta – the voice of wild Alberta, keeping you up-to-date on provincial issues
- Pacific Forestry Centre – leads you to “Matchmaker: Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest” identification program designed by the PFC in Victoria, B.C.
- Stewards of Alberta’s Protected Areas Association (SAPAA) – represents steward volunteers from around the Province that are responsible for the monitoring of activities in their Protected Area and advising the Parks Department.
- So, this is Alberta – Alberta’s provincial emblems, including the soon-to-be provincial mushroom of Alberta, Leccinum boreale
- University of Alberta Microfungus Collection & Herbarium – homepage of UAMH at the Devonian Botanic Garden, AB
- Parks Canada Research and Collection Permit System
- Alberta Recreation Access Map and Instructions
- Recreation on Agricultural Public Lands
- Colorado Mycological Society – homepage of the CMS in Denver, CO
- Evergreen mushroom info – Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA
- Fungi Images on the Web – an excellent image database
- Puget Sound Mycological Society – homepage of the PSMS in Seattle, WA
- Oregon Mycological Society – homepage of the OMS in Milwaukie, OR
- Mycological Society Of America – a scientific society dedicated to advancing the science of mycology
- Fungi Magazine – Many interesting articles and links for both the professional and amateur mycrophiles.
- North American Mycological Association – homepage of NAMA in Oakland, CA; links to many mycological associations and societies in North America
- Myco Aficionados of Mexico – homepage of the only mushroom club in Mexico