• HMS Online Fall Foray

    October 23 - 29, 2017

    Only open to participants in Indiana

    Top Prize: A pewter morel sculpture and $100 cash. 
    Many other prizes will be given away throughout the week.

    One goal of this foray is to help finalize protocols for the North American Mycoflora Project. Indiana is playing a central role in this nationwide project. Learn more about what we are trying to achieve by watching the video below.


    Welcome to what we believe to be the first online statewide foray anywhere in the country. Indiana is leading the way in this and it can be successful with your help. Since we are a large and geographically diverse state, online forays may be the best way for more of us to get together more regularly. In order to participate, follow these easy steps.

    Before Foray Week

    1. Request Voucher Slips - Place an order online. These will be mailed to you before the foray week.

    2. Download the iNaturalist Mobile App - Both Android and IOS versions are available. Check your preferred app store for the download. If you do not have a mobile device, you can participate by utilizing the web interface to report your observations.

    3. Join the "HMS Online Fall Foray" project in iNaturalist - You can join from the mobile app or now from your favorite web browser. You can join this project at any time.


    Citizen Science Training/Foray

    Monday October 16th, 2017 - Purdue Horticulture Park - 5:15 pm
    Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 - Brown County State Park (meet at nature center)- 4 pm 
    Monday, October 23rd, 2017 - Eagle Creek Park (meet at Earth Discovery Center) - Indianapolis, IN - 5 pm

    During Foray Week

    1. Create new observations of mushrooms you encounter. This can be done through the iNaturalist mobile app or web interface. With each new observation, be sure to select the project for your event and whether you collected the specimen.
      1. Take multiple photos of the mushrooms with your cell phone or camera. Take a nice image near ground level from the side, as well as an image of the top, the stem, and the spore bearing surface (this gills or pores on the underside of the cap).
      2. If you intend to save the specimen, take an image of the field data slip with the specimen. Please review the information here for more information.
      3. Enter the field data slip number into the field in the mobile app.
    2. Collect the specimen. Store your field slip (or the portion with the number) with the specimen. 
    3. Back at home, dry the specimens with a dehydrator or fan - Use the duplicate number at the bottom portion of the voucher slip to organize collections as they are being dried. 
    4. Mail in your dried specimens - Mail your specimens to Stephen Russell. Shipping labels will be provided. All of the specimens that are collected as a part of this event will have their DNA "sequenced" or examined. We are likely to find multiple species that are new to science during this event. Your collections could be part of this.



    Top Prize - Top Hunter: Most species collected/saved during the week
    Pewter Morel Sculpture + $100 Cash

    Big Day: Most species collected/saved on a single day
    Signed Copy of Mushrooms of the Midwest - Michael Kuo and Andy Methven + $50 Cash

    Rarest Mushroom
    Book: Mushrooms of North America by Orson Miller

    Best Photograph
    Book: Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States by McFarland and Mueller

    Largest Single Mushroom
    Signed Copy of the Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms by Stephen Russell

    Largest Edible Haul
    Home Assortment: mushroom recipe book, cheese cutting board, apron, and more


    Daily Prizes: Most species collected/saved for the day

    Monday: Mushroom Bag: Spore Spreader, Morel Cookbook
    Tuesday: Mushroom Bag: Shroom Sack, Morel Cookbook
    Wednesday: 3 Mushroom Christmas ornaments and 3 ceramic garden decorations
    Thursday: Morel Pen Set
    Friday: ID Reaction Kit
    Saturday: $50 in cash
    Sunday: ID Reaction Kit

    Fine Print for Prizes:

    All macrofungi count towards species totals. This includes any fungus that has a fruiting body that you can see with the naked eye.

    Slime molds count towards species totals. Lichens do not. 

    Only mushrooms found within Indiana are eligible. You do not have to be from Indiana to participate.

    For all prizes, a species can only be added to your total if you have photographs of the specimen fresh and you save and dry the physical collection. Our goal here is to not only see interesting mushrooms, but to allow this event to have lasting scientific value. This can only be done if specimens are saved. This requires organization, but if you follow our suggested protocols above, it should be a fairly easy process for you.

    For the daily winners, individuals can win more than one prize, but an individual species will only be counted once per county for the duration of the event. Example: If you win on Monday collecting in Marion County, you could still win other prizes throughout the week, but you would have to make collections in a different county. Any species you found in Marion County could not be used again towards your totals for the rest of the week, even if it is from a different location in the same county.

    Rarest Mushroom and Best Photograph prizes will be determined by Stephen Russell, at his sole discretion.

    Largest and smallest mushroom prizes will be bases on size of the specimen. Entries must have photographs with some type of scale to verify the size. 

    The largest edible haul will be judged by total weight of all specimens of a single edible species. You must provide evidence to support your claim. Only mushrooms harvested during the event week are eligible. You must create iNaturalist records for each find, but you can keep your geolocation turned off for edible species. Just fill in county-level location data.

    Prizes will only be awarded once dried specimens are received at the Purdue Herbarium.