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Our Programs

If you like the thrill of the mushroom hunt, want to learn more about the fantastic world of fungi, and want to help protect them, you’re in the right place. Are you ready to get started creating observations that will be valuable to science? 

Our Three Programs

 

OBSERVE > Diversity Database Program

Contribute high quality observations to the FunDiS Diversity Database on iNaturalist. 
Help us turn hundreds of thousands of observations posted to iNaturalist and Mushroom Observer into vetted databases that will be useful to scientists studying fungal diversity and the effects of climate change and other impacts on distribution. We’re engaging experienced identifiers and providing feedback to contributors about how to improve observation quality. Call on your friends - everyone can participate! The iNat database is up and running; an MO counterpart is under development. Start here.

 

PROTECT > Conservation Program

Help us find and document rare, under-documented and potentially threatened fungi. 
FunDiS formed a Conservation Working Group to crowdsource discovery of threatened fungi and fungi in critical and endangered habitats. We’re beginning with a pilot survey of ten rare species on the west coast (CA, OR, WA & BC) and plan to expand the program to other areas next year. We’ll identify species of concern and their habitats and encourage observation, collection, sequencing and vouchering of these, as appropriate. Start here.


SEQUENCE > Sequencing Program

Join or start a FunDiS sequencing project. 
Making the molecular revolution accessible and affordable to individuals, clubs and organizations has been at the core of what we have done since launching as a citizen science project in 2017. We are using a new sequencing partner, BOLD, the Barcode of Life Data System, based in Guelph, Ontario, which will clear past bottlenecks and offer advantages such as easy GenBank submission. We are again offering sequencing grants  and paid barcoding services for registered FunDiS sequencing projects. Start here.

 

What kind of mushroomer are you?

Decide how you want to start: take an easy path and learn along the way… or jump in with both feet and develop a wide range of skills to contribute even more. FunDiS values citizen scientists at all levels. We are a community that offers guidance along the way.

    • Level 1: DOCUMENT  You find and photograph fungi, create notes about the habitat, and upload your images on iNaturalist or Mushroom Observer.
    • Level 2: Level 1 + SEQUENCE  You dry your collections and take samples for DNA sequencing
    • Level 3: Level 1 + 2 + VOUCHER  You also deposit the collections in a fungarium for others to study later
    • Level 4: SUPER USER  You perform additional lab work. Please see our Four Levels blog for the complete story. 

Read: A four-tiered model for crowdsourcing fungal biodiversity citizen science. It describes how all skill levels can contribute to citizen science.

Wherever you begin, you’ll join hundreds of citizen scientists in projects across North America. You’ll contribute to what we (amateurs at all levels and academic mycologists alike) know about the wonderful Kingdom Fungi. You’ll learn some fascinating perspectives about fungi and their role in ecosystems. You’ll see some crazy beautiful fungi (and likely some life forms you never thought were fungi). And you’ll know your contributions to fungal science are important.

About Fungal Diversity Survey

FunDiS is dedicated to a world in which the fungal kingdom is fully documented, understood, appreciated and protected.