Dani Arthur’s passion for the forest started back when she was a little girl. Her grandpa would take her on plant and mushroom walks deep into the woods. She is enthusiastic about learning new fungi, and excited that there is always more to learn in the fungi kingdom. Dani has a persistent curiosity about everything new (and old) she discovers in the woods.
She is also an obsessed wild food forager. She and her husband Scott try to incorporate wild herbs and mushrooms into their daily diet and enjoy sharing recipes. Dani especially enjoys creating many kinds of mushroom herbal teas.
Dani enjoys documenting and sharing what she learns, including on iNaturalist. You can see her Dyer's polypore observation on iNaturalist (pictured to the right) and browse many more.
Dani attended University of Northwestern in St. Paul, MN as an art major. She started in medical field and became a Director of Environmental Services at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center. In January 2022 Dani was presented a new opportunity to become Manager of Purchasing for a large Dermatology chain. There, she organizes the opening of new clinics and negotiates hundreds of contracts for over 235 clinics across the US.
If You Suspect a Poisoning
If you suspect you have consumed a poisonous mushroom, contact a physician, the closest hospital ER, poison control center, or dial 911, depending on the severity of the reaction.
US Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222
The North American Mycological Association (NAMA) has information that may also be of help. Click here.
We do not ID mushrooms through this website.
If you are in need of an ID consider uploading quality photos with multiple views of your specimen and descriptions of your find to Mushroom Observer or iNaturalist including our projects or post in Wild Food Wisconsin or Mushroom Identification Group.
If you contact us and provide a way to get back to you, we may be able to provide suggestions for more identification resources you can use. You are always responsible for your own decisions taken on the basis of identification resources.
Wisconsin Mycological Society (WMS) is dedicated to the study and enjoyment of mushrooms and other fungi throughout the state of Wisconsin. Education, safety, sustainability, community, and connecting with nature are our goals.