a shelf of recommended books for mycology reference.

Resources and Faqs

This list of our favorite resources and answers to some of our most frequently asked questions will develop over time. Feel free to mention your favorite mycological resources in the comments.


While more difficult to keep updated with the very latest research, physical books are hard to beat for depth of information and access to reference when needed.

Field Guides/References

North American Mushrooms: A Field Guide to Edible and Inedible Fungi by Orson Miller and Hope Miller: This is the field guide we recommend having on hand for our mushroom identification classes. Orson and Hope Miller were longtime members of SIMA and made invaluable contributions to the field of mycology the world over.

Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest by Steve Trudell and Joe Ammirati: Steve Trudell has been our foray mycologist several times.

Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora: A classic and comprehensive tome with identification keys and plenty of additional information.

All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms by David Arora; A bite-sized version of his larger work you can fit in your pocket. Focuses on some of the most frequent macro fungi you’re likely to see in our area.

Other Mushroom Books

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake


Websites are more likely to be updated on a regular basis and include links to other related information, but they’re harder to curl up with on a rainy day.

Mycology Clubs and Associations

The North American Mycological Association: Our parent organization with information about the national foray event and links to individual clubs.

The North Idaho Mycological Association: (NIMA) Our sibling to the north.

Mushroom Identification and Cataloging

Mushroom Observer: A volunteer-run database of mushroom observations and identification. You can sort by location, observer, species and more.

Mushroom Expert: A site maintained by Michael Kuo. Great pictures and keys.

3 thoughts on “Resources and FAQ”

    1. Greetings Wendy!
      I didn’t receive a notification of your comment and so just now saw it as I was doing some work on the site. I will be sending you a message from our idahomushroom club email very soon.

      Krista W.

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