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PostPosted: May 3rd, 2020, 10:26 am 
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Hello,

I canoe mainly in Manitoba, but will venture to Northwestern Ontario or out west as far as BC. I bought the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Mushrooms to help me ID mushrooms that I come across. I'm not into foraging but that might change one day. Particularly if I ever wind up in a survival situation. Right now, I'm mainly interested in learning and acquiring knowledge just for the sake of learning.

Can anyone recommend any good field books to identify trees, plants, edible plants/berries, and especially toxic plants? I've encountered poison ivy enough times but it's good to know what's out there. I'm sure I've been around water hemlock and not know it based on what I find on the net. I'm particularly interested in the geographical region I canoe in. I see a lot of books online but I would rather get some feedback from fellow paddlers.

Any recommendation would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you


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PostPosted: May 3rd, 2020, 6:58 pm 
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I don’t forage much , and I don’t know of any books. But I have the same interest as you and found this online:

https://ontarionature.org/wp-content/up ... ficial.pdf


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PostPosted: May 4th, 2020, 5:31 am 
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Not saying dont use books just be very VERY careful. Newer books are hard to come by because authors and printers dont want to get sued over misinformation and the possibility of someone getting sick or dying. Some of the differences in good to bad mushrooms are minimal and can easily be missed. Mushrooms also evolve so the "older" books could have some irrelevant information. Maybe look if there are courses in your area, having someone giving first hand instruction in the field is far better then a book.

As for identification I like 2 apps British Trees and PlantNet. Both have served me well and you don't need a signal to use them.


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PostPosted: May 4th, 2020, 5:34 am 
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Not saying dont use books just be very VERY careful. Newer books are hard to come by because authors and printers dont want to get sued over misinformation and the possibility of someone getting sick or dying. Some of the differences in good to bad mushrooms are minimal and can easily be missed. Mushrooms also evolve so the "older" books could have some irrelevant information. Maybe look if there are courses in your area, having someone giving first hand instruction in the field is far better then a book.

As for identification I like 2 apps British Trees and PlantNet. Both have served me well and you don't need a signal to use them.


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PostPosted: May 4th, 2020, 1:37 pm 
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Thanks guys for your references. I've downloaded them.


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PostPosted: May 4th, 2020, 6:59 pm 
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My go to book, I often carry on trips, is

Plants of the Western Boreal Forest and Aspen Parkland
by Johnson, Kershaw, MacKinnon and Pojar
published by Lone Pine

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