How to contribute to the Mushroom Show Mycoblitz
October 16-24, 2020
Note: Some details on this page may change in the future.
Getting out in the woods is a great way to relax, enjoy nature, and social distance all at the same time. While your there, take pictures of fungi with your cell phone and contribute to the Mount Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Show Mycoblitz. There will be our normal prizes for Best in Show, first (runner-up), and second (runner-up). As in the past, CMS President Cheshire Mayrsohn and CMS co-founder Marcia Peeters will be the judges.
Additionally, Bruce Newhouse and Susie Holmes, organizers of the Mushroom Show Mycoblitz will aware prizes for:
- Most species submitted achieving “Research Grade” (2/3 of any reviewers’ ID agreement); first, second and third place
- Rarest Mycoblitz species submitted (there could be several winners in this category; we anticipate that these will be submittals of observations of a species not submitted by anyone else, and are identifiable clearly to species)
- Smallest species submitted (we are always encouraging people to pay attention to the tiny mushrooms; put a scale in your photo so we can see how small it is!)
Instructions for getting started
(if you have never used INaturalist)
The above video covers the basics of how to make an observation. You will also find step-by-step instructions on INaturalist. Here are some additional tips:
- Take multiple pictures of a mushroom from different angles (top, underneath the cap, stem). After you are done taking your first picture, just click on the camera icon again (next to the photo you just took) to take another picture.
- For at least one picture, extract the entire mushroom from the soil so that you can photograph the mushroom from all angles.
- If there are multiple mushrooms of the same species in the same area, gather them together and pose them at different angles all in one picture (use this picture as the primary/first).
Documenting what you see
- If you have cell service, INaturalist will automatically attempt to identify the species and/or genus of your fungus and present you with a list of options.
- If you do not have cell service and you do not know the mushroom species, just type in fungi as a placeholder under What do you see?
- Under the notes section, it is helpful to describe the habitat, such as kinds of trees, and aspects of the fungus that your photos do not show, like how it smells, tastes (then spit out), or bruises.
Save and upload
- Touch the Save button (some phones have a check mark in the top right rather than a Save button).
- Touch Upload. If you are not in cell range, when you return home, go back into the app and touch the cloud next to your images to start the upload.
All INat observations of fungi that match the Mushroom Show Mycoblitz requirements (date, location, and taxa), will automatically be included in the mycoblitz event.