A field guide is essential for learning to identify mushrooms. Some good resources for the DC area are:
Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians by William C. Roody
The National Audubon Society Field Guide to Mushrooms of North America by Gary Lincoff
Mushroom Observer is a great site to track your mushroom observations. The goal of the site is to gather better information about the distribution of known species, and to discuss and document mushrooms that don't fit the definition of any recognized species. You can also use it to keep your own personal "life list" of mushrooms that you've seen in the wild.
Other Mushroom Clubs
MAW is part of a network of mushroom clubs around the country. You may want to check out some of these other groups.
There are more than just mushrooms to see and learn about.
Audubon Naturalist Society - The Audubon Naturalist Society provides opportunities to learn about trees, herbaceous plants, geology and, of course, birds.
Hiker's Notebook - An engaging and informative resource for outdoor enthusiasts from MAW vice president William Needham.
Matt's Habitats - Additional opportunities to learn about the edible outdoors from MAW member Matt Cohen.
Maryland Native Plant Society - The name says it all. This local and very active group is a great resource to learn about our regional flora though its many sponsored events. Learning to ID trees will make you a better mushroomer!
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