AMS-Developed Educational Materials

The Alberta Mycological Society (AMS) developed an educational poster that you can download and print (PDF 251 kb) about our provincial mushroom, Leccinum boreale. We also developed a bookmark that highlights this mushroom (PDF 27 kb). This poster and bookmark was developed with partial funding through grants from the Alberta Conservation Association and Alberta Community Development (Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation). Click the images to download our poster and bookmark about Leccinum boreale.

In 2007, we published our first theme poster, EDIBLE MUSHROOMS OF ALBERTA (PDF 840 kb) that you can download and print. Since that time, we have produced Medicinal Mushrooms of Alberta and Poisonous Mushrooms of Alberta.

In collaboration with the North American Mycological Association (NAMA), Martin Osis, Dr. Michael Beug, Robert Rogers, and other mycologists, the AMS also created a a Poisonous Mushrooms of Alberta poster. The final approved version of poster is available for purchase from the AMS by emailing contactus@albertamushrooms.ca.  

Fun Fungi-Activities

Test your knowledge of fungi facts with our crossword!

Crossword Answers

Mixed Mushroom Colouring Page

Who says you can’t have mushrooms all year round! Learn how to fold origami mushrooms in this video made by our AMS Director, Mel Hohn.

Articles

Here are a few interesting articles, but check out our Spore Print newsletter for more great information!

EMS/NAMA Foray Report” by Markus Thormann, Martin Osis, and Bill Richards

Medicinal Lichens” by Robert Rogers

Boletes in Alberta” by Martin Osis

Microworld” by Ming Chen

Cortinarius bovarius (Agaricales), a New Species from Western North America” by Kare Liimatainen and Tuula Niskanen

Alberta Mycological Society Statement about Mushroom Identification Apps” by the Alberta Mycological Society

Books

The AMS 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. 2011. The Fungal Pharmacy – The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms and Lichens of North America. North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California 94712. (available from AMS)

Mushroom Keys

Mushrooms are tools to help you identify mushrooms.

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)

Key to North American Morels Michael J. Schulz, MSc, PBiol, EP

CAUTION!
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…

Additional Web Materials

Links

Species Fungorum
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest
Mushroom Observer


Regulations

Alberta’s Provincial Parks and Recreational Areas Regulations