There are different ways to learn about mushrooms, depending on what you most want to know. To assist you in the following presentation, please use the NEMF.org website pages “Beginners’ key” and the illustrated Field Key. Also, use the Audubon Guide’s Appendix to gilled mushroom genera. Whether your interest is primarily culinary or taxonomic or medicinal or toxicological, you still have to be able to identify the mushrooms. This is a way to begin.