Get your game on for the upcoming summer season. Paul Sadowski will take you through the basics of mycology, collection tips, online and print identification, edibles and their lookalikes, as well as some mushrooms you’re never going to put in your mouth.
We hope you will participate by downloading this basic key and following along during the zoom session.
Paul Sadowski has been an active amateur mycologist for over twenty years. He has studied mushrooms under the mentorship of Gary Lincoff, Tom Volk, Aaron Norarevian, Dennis Aita and others.
He has been a working member of the New York Mycological Society during these years as Treasurer and Secretary, was coordinator of the Monday Night Study Group and has led microscopy workshops for the Society. In 2010 he received The North American Mycological Association’s Harry and Elsie Knighton Service Award for his service to the NYMS.
Paul has been an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden since 2016, teaching courses in seasonal mushroom identification, microscopy for all naturalists and medicinal & poisonous mushrooms. He has presented numerous programs in New York and New Jersey for audiences of the mycologically curious members of garden clubs and conservancies.
In 2007 and 2008 with the Greenbrook Sanctuary naturalist, Nancy Slowik, they embarked on a survey of fungi within the Sanctuary’s property in the New Jersey Palisades. The experience led him to study polypores with the eminent mycologist Tom Volk at a seminar held at Eagle Hill, the Humboldt Field Research Center in Steubenville, Maine.
The Charles Horton Peck Foray, the annual meeting of students of mycology and mushroom hobbyists is a touchstone for Paul. The relaxed atmosphere of this congregation is at once mentoring and rejuvenating. He has coordinated support from the NYMS in sponsoring three forays. Each year since 2009 Mr. Sadowski has led presentations and walks at Inwood Hill Park on behalf of the NYC Parks Department in cooperation with the Greenacre Foundation.