Sunday, June 25 – MUSHROOM WALK through Central Park – 10am – 96th & Central Park West

Meet at the entrance to Central lPark at 96th Street and Central Park West at 10 am on Sunday, June 25th


SPRING MUSHROOMS – New Page on this website

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MORELS – BLACK MORELS – Morchella angusticeps – CHOICE EDIBLE (when cooked!) – on ground under sycamore trees near water

See Webpage for more information about this and other morels and other spring mushrooms in the eastern United States

New York City Mushroom Survey

Key to Morels

Central Park Mushrooms

2011 NYMS NYC Mushroom Review – a year in mushrooms

Ways to know mushrooms

The mushrooms of NYC sorted by borough


Medicinal Mushrooms



Connect the Dots


Crust Fungi

COMA U 2017


Magic Mushrooms






MSA Award



 Founded in 1932

©Mycological Society of America

Dear Gary,                   May 2, 2017

Congratulations on receiving the Gordon and Tina Wasson Award for your outstanding contributions to the field

of mycology and for your efforts in educating the public about fungi. It is my pleasure as President of MSA

2016-2017 to make this special award formally and I realize just how much “citizen scientists” have to

contribute to society. Many people, both who become mycologists and those who are simply fascinated with the

enormous diversity of mushrooms that they see in the forest have likely referred to your Audubon’s Guide.

I am amused and enlightened by the information available on your website ( ). It is

wonderful that you bring in the writings of such luminaries as Charles Darwin and Henry Thoreau to educate

your audience and I find it amusing that you have influenced the likes of Martha Stewart! In the words of one of

your supportive MSA members nominating you for this award, “He captures the very essence of a professional

amateur mycologist. He has educated and excited more people about mycology than practically any of us.”

Fundamentally, that’s what we are all about in MSA, the education and excitement of studying fungi and MSA

very much appreciates your work to bring these fascinating organisms to light for the public.

Your writing is prolific and your hosting of public forays and education workshops is tireless and generous. You

have not only written eight books on mycology but maintain an active blog with many followers. In public

activities, your MSA supporters note extensive work with NAMA, which itself contributes much to the public

awareness of fungi and to the MSA. Further, you are the co-founder of the Telluride Mushroom Festival, where

you have steadily improved the scientific content as well as the public’s enjoyment of mushrooms. Most

impressive to me (partly because I now have children living in NY City), is your work with the New York

Mycological Society. Not only is the commitment to running a foray every weekend impressive, but the fact that

you persist through the winter is a huge testament to your dedication to public education on the fungi.

Thank you so much for your continued activities and service to the improving public understanding of fungi.

The impact of your activities no doubt extend well beyond fungal biology to improving society’s understanding

of science and the role that science can play in their everyday lives.

Best wishes,

Georgiana May

Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota

President of MSA 2016-2017






Henry David Thoreau, one of the very few worth reading every day !

March 5, 1858: “We would fain know something more about these animals and stones and trees around us. We are ready to skin the animals alive to come at them. Our scientific names convey a very partial information only; they suggest certain thoughts only: it does not occur to me that there are other names for most of these objects, given by a people who stood between me and them, who had better senses than our race. How little I know of that arbor-vitae when I have learned only what science can tell me! It is but a word. It is not a tree of life. But there are twenty words for the tree and its different parts which the Indian gave, which are not in our botanies, which imply a more practical and vital science. He used it every day. He was well acquainted with its wood, and its bark, and its leaves. No science does more than arrange what knowledge we have of any class of objects. But, generally speaking, how much more conversant was the Indian with any wild animal or plant than we are, and in his language is implied all that intimacy, as much as ours is expressed in our language.”


NEXT MUSHROOM and PLANT WALK – Saturday, May 20th – Alley Pond Park, Queens


NYMS Pop-Up Walk, Alley Pond Park, Saturday May 20th
Join Gary Lincoff for a pop-up walk in Alley Pond Park, Queens this Saturday, May 20th!

Take the E subway to Kew Gardens and switch to the Q46 Bus and take it to the Winchester Blvd stop. When you get off the bus, cross Union Turnpike, walking up Winchester Blvd on the left side. You will see a Parks Dept. building with restrooms, and picnic tables to the left of the building - we’ll meet there at 11:00.

Note: look up “79 Winchester Blvd., Bellrose, NY 11426″ on google maps, and select the Earth View to see where we’ll meet.

Bring lunch and a drink.








MUSHROOM CLUBS in North America

This is North American Mycological Association’s list of ALL mushroom clubs in North America that are affiliated with NAMA. Contact the one nearest to you to find out where and when there are mushroom hunts in your area!


A program on edible wild mushrooms on NPR’s Science Friday………recorded May 13, 2016 


Clades are here to stay…..for awhile, anyway


[Click on the image for an enlargement.]

Clades are used in Botany and Zoology, as well as Fungi – and what they have to tell us is not insignificant or irrelevant.

Clades can show us the lineages of organisms. Knowing how to see past appearances to the reality of things can direct our research in so many fields.

Clades can help us choose particular groups to search for medicinal benefits that would otherwise escape us.

Clades can help us choose particular groups to work with in our efforts to develop tools for bio-remediation and myco-remediation.

In mushrooms, “gills,” and “pores,” and “teeth,” and such, even “puffball-like,” are terms useful for field identification, but not to understand much beyond that.

The clades we now know cut across all these easily observed field characteristics to show us the “real” relationships our mushrooms have.





ETHNOBOTANY: A FIELD STUDY at the New York Botanical Garden

4 Wednesdays, June 8 – 29, 2016