Walter Sturgeon

Walt Sturgeon is a field mycologist with over 40 years of experience studying and identifying mushrooms. His photos of mushroom and fungi, some award-winning, can be seen in numerous mushroom field guide publications, three of which he co-authored. One of these Mushrooms of the Northeast, was awarded the best field guide of 2016 by the National Outdoor Writers Association

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From one of the region’s foremost mushroom hunters—Walter Sturgeon—comes a long-overdue field guide to finding and identifying the mushrooms and fleshy fungi found in the Appalachian mountains from Canada to Georgia. Edibility and toxicity, habitat, ecology, and detailed diagnostic features of the disparate forms they take throughout their life cycles are all included, enabling the reader to identify species without the use of a microscope or chemicals.

“A significant contribution … because the photos are the very best I have ever seen in an American field guide, this book will find readers and users well beyond the limits of its geographic range. Many of these mushrooms are not restricted to the Appalachians, and it will be welcome resource for those outside this area to identify the mushrooms in their own region.”

Gary Lincoff, author of the National Audubon Society’s Field Guide to North American Mushrooms and president emeritus, North American Mycological Association