New York Mycological Society's Journal

September 13, 2021

September 08, 2021

Observation of the Week

The OOTW for this week is by Misha Zitserm in Cuningham Park, NY, US, on September 6th at 11:56am. His iNaturalist ID is zitserm and the Observation can be seen here:

Don't forget to follow him at:
iNaturalist: zitserm

Posted on September 08, 2021 12:46 by tomzuckerscharff tomzuckerscharff

August 24, 2021

August 17, 2021

August 10, 2021

August 02, 2021

Choosing the Observation of the Week, the process

Everyone should know the process that is involved in choosing the OOTW. It is as follows:

  1. We look at all Observations made since the previous Sunday/Monday that meet the criteria for the OOTW (The OOTW is always for the previous week).
  2. If any of the Criteria, like place of observation and member status, are not met the observation is excluded
  3. The photo needs to be in focus and is better if it is of something of scientific interest
  4. A corroborating identification is required from one of the specialists at the New York Mycological Society. If they can corroborate the genus and get it down to species all the better (sometimes this is not possible with the information available).
  5. Once we know it is in the club's territory, and that the observer is a member of the NYMS, we will ask the observer for permission to use the image (if they have not already given permission to use any of their images)
  6. If everything goes smoothly, which it rarely does, the image is loaded into Photoshop and

  7. the name of the photographer

  8. the Genus/Species (scientific and common names) of the observation

  9. the iNaturalist observation ID

  10. the iNaturalist handle of the observer

  11. are overlayed on top of the photo.

  12. The observer is sent 3 links, one of the original photo, a second with a squared version of the photo, and a third as it appears on the iNaturalist project page

  13. The photo is posted as the cover photo for this umbrella project

  14. Further information is gathered and displayed in the "More Info" page for the observation

  15. The photo either in it's original form, or in an edited form is posted to all the NYMS social Media accounts

  16. Posted on August 02, 2021 20:48 by tomzuckerscharff tomzuckerscharff

    Observation of the Week

    The OOTW for this week is by Michael Sadler in Cornwall, NY, on July 31 at 2:31pm. His iNaturalist ID is masadler and the Observation can be seen here:

    More about this observation:

    Ramaria are difficult to get down to Species. You will see a bunch of different Ramaria about 2/3rds down the page on the first link ( suggests that one need several further pieces of information to get any species identification, see this page: for a list of what to look for and what to test. It may be especially important to do microscopy on these samples in order to get the information needed.

    Don't forget to follow him:
    iNaturalist: masadler

    Posted on August 02, 2021 14:40 by tomzuckerscharff tomzuckerscharff

    July 17, 2021

    Observation of the Week

    The OOTW for this week is by Misha Zitser. He observ ered it in Alley Pond Park at 8:23pm. His iNaturalist ID is zitserm and the Observation can be seen here:

    More about this observation:

    Dont't forget to follow Misha:
    iNaturalist: zitserm
    Instagram: oumuamua123

    Posted on July 17, 2021 22:15 by tomzuckerscharff tomzuckerscharff

    July 15, 2021

    How to get your observations noticed

    One of the most important aspects of making a good observation is knowing what to include. The NYMS's current president, Sigrid Jakob, made a short video here: on what pictures to take and how to take them. Another video is here: by Giuliana Furci, executive director of Fundacion Fungi in Chile (a must-see/listen for the serious collector). I was struck, after listening to this, how important Giuliana considers both marking with a unique identifier and measurement. Although it may ruin the "framing" of the picture, apparently having a measurement item in every picture is, according to Giuliana, important.

    Please watch the video. Take accurate in-focus pictures. And, if warranted, perform any other tests on the mushroom. In some instances, taste, smell, texture, etcetera are important, get to know what is important for each of the species you are looking at.

    The FunDiS (Fungal Diversity Survey) project is an excellent place to learn and contribute. Join the project (, add your non-blurry pictures to it - help out. (

    Join Projects on iNaturalist that pertain to your interests and region. For instance, When I was recently in western Massachusetts, I found that there were no iNat projects that covered that area, so I joined
    Native Massachusetts Organisms -
    Fungi of the Eastern United States -
    New England's Organisms: Flora, Fauna, Fungi -
    North American mushrooms and fungi -

    For this project specifically, we are looking for everything listed in the criteria, but also images which are framed well, are eye-catching, and are colorful/different in some way. If the observations are of fruiting bodies that are large enough to be seen by the naked eye, generally a side picture with a slight angle from above (to include the cap) of the fruiting body, in its natural habitat, is both more edifying and more eye-catching. Remember to use a size reference. This type of picture will yield at least the following information:

    • Cap Color
    • Stipe Color
    • Abnormal Stipe Features
    • Abnormal Cap Features
    • Substrate
    • Existence of a Universal Veil - depending on the age of the specimen and angle of the shot
    • Whether or not is bruises easily - if you touch the specimen before taking the picture
    • Etcetera

    If you are a member of the New York Mycological Society, fill out the form you received in the email from Sigrid Jakob so we can properly attribute your photos/observations if they are picked as the observation of the week.

    Posted on July 15, 2021 19:35 by tomzuckerscharff tomzuckerscharff

    Where is the OOTW posted?

    The Observation of the Week is posted in the following locations:

    All pictures are available to the photographer upon request.

    Posted on July 15, 2021 14:02 by tomzuckerscharff tomzuckerscharff