Keeping a Record
Keeping a list of the mushrooms you’ve found, where you’ve found them and when you’ve found them will help you learn more about the habits of the mushrooms that you’re finding. You will more readily learn their names and remember where and when they come out. It’s fun to keep a life list of mushrooms that you’ve identified. Any small notebook will work.
Another way to record your finds is by writing up a Description Sheet on each mushroom. This provides more details on each mushroom and helps train your identification skills by forcing you to look at the mushroom in detail. The particular group mushrooms that you look at most often may affect what you choose to list on your description sheet. Here is a sample description sheet that you can copy and complete each time that you find a new species of mushroom. You can add to it or keep a list of where and when you’ve subsequently found the same mushroom.