Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Amateurmycologist: A New Direction

Hello bird blog fans. We have some big news. Amateurnithologist is changing. Since the runaway success of our recent Flappy Bird blog post, we've had a lot of interest from larger blogs, and we've made the decision to sell. Specifically, we're going to be switching our focus from birds to fungi and lichen. I know what you're thinking, but hear me out- Mushroomblog.com is a great content provider and I'm proud to become part of that family of services (and it's A LOT of money). I think you'll learn to enjoy our new content just as much, if not more. We're still coming to you on the same domain name for now, but soon we'll be switching over to Amateurmycologist.blogspot.com. Today's update is a little bit of a preview for you guys. As a special treat you're getting THREE fungi profiles. Enjoy!

Red Cructose Rock Lichen
Point Reyes, California, USA
~true lichen fact~ This lichen is hard to remove without damaging the substrate or lichen! How tenacious!

Follows sports closely
Traditional values
Very upset about having to change to digital television


Yellow Fructicose Rock Lichen
Point Reyes, California, USA

~true lichen fact~ While these guys have a fungal layer outside, there's a algal layer within! What on earth is going on?!

A free-spirited artist
Owns a lot of pets
Goes barefoot whenever possible

Honey Mushroom (Armillaria Mellea)
Muir Woods, California, USA
Member of the Armillaria Family
Edibility: Edible and pretty good to eat. Some people get an upset stomach.
Probability that this mushroom is correctly identified: 60%

~true mushroom fact~ Members of this family make up some of the largest and oldest living things in the world. The largest single organism of this species is 3.4 square miles and thousands of years old. Some Armillarias are bio-luminescent and are thought to be responsible for mysterious phenomena like wil-o-th-wisps and foxfire.

A strong voice for organization in the forest
Calls you an affectionate nickname
Has a bit of an ego

Ok, so that's that, hope you enjoyed our new focus... Wait?! What's that? I think there's a bird in that picture of mushrooms.. Well... might as well profile him while I'm here. You know, for old time's sake. What's the worst that could happen?

Pacific Wren
Muir Woods, California, USA
Member of the Wren Family
§A Herd of Wrens§

~true bird fact~ During winter, groups of these wrens of up to 30 will nest together for warmth. Mega cute, you guys. I would also be remiss if I didn't mention that the Pacific Wren is a very recently 'discovered' bird, only being successfully identified as a species distinct from the Winter Wren in 2010! Even scientists are still learning things, which is very inspirational.

A good communicator
Has a great connection to her neighborhood

Update! It looks like fungiworld has revoked my contract after seeing that I wrote about a bird again. Also a bunch of people died cause they ate that mushroom. Oh well, looks like we're back to the grind here on birdblog. Happy April everyone.


  1. This probably belongs with your what should hipsters do next blog. #Forage4Shrooms

  2. But seriously though, trying to ID those mushrooms was basically impossible