A few year ago, I was sucked into edible mushrooms. We went to a mushroom class given by Bill Russell. He was talking about edible mushrooms and how to identify them. He has a fantastic book called Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid Atlantic. After the class he took us on a walk to identify some mushrooms. He also brought a few helpers with him to work with the group and identify mushrooms. Most of the mushrooms I found could not be positively identified without doing spoor prints and additional testing.
I was excited by Bill Russell’s ability to find such delicious mushrooms. I figured I would go to one more of his classes and see if I could pick up some more pointers. I went through his book and took walks trying to make some identifications. I also picked up a few more books on mushroom hunting, thinking I would be better prepared for Bill’s next class.