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Basics of Mushroom ID
March 19, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The North Texas Mycological Association is proud to offer its first course on the Basics of Mushroom Identification!
This two hour, comprehensive course, will cover everything you need to identify mushrooms! The presentation starts with how to recognize a fungus, and how to proceed identifying it from there! The course will begin by teaching the best methods utilized at first when figuring out the best identification possible, proceeded by an explanation on how to start learning to identify all of the various common genera that are encountered all across North America; but mainly with an emphasis on genera and species found locally in the North Texas region. Sebastian is a staunch believer in figuring out the genera first, and the from there, you can hopefully get to species eventually… but sometimes, not at all.
Sebastian Tabibi has been infatuated with fungi since a young child. He was the boy who would flip over logs to find bugs, but in that process would find cool mushrooms. Both of his parents had forewarned him that if he ate any wild mushroom, it could kill him.
This naturally intrigued Sebastian and sparked years of curiosity, eventually he learned that there are less than 0.01% of deadly mushrooms out of all the known species… and many, many more have medicinal properties that indigenous peoples have been using for millennia.
Sebastian has vast experience in mushroom identification and has collected fungi in 15 US states and six different countries. He is the founder of Mushroom Identification Page on Facebook which has just shy of 250,000 members. He is also the founder of the Facebook group Mushroom Edibility and Discussion, which is right about 50,000 members. He serves as a Poison Consultant on call 24/7 to deal with poison cases for the Facebook group “Poisons Help; Emergency Identification For Mushrooms and Plants”. He is the founder and current President of the North Texas Mycological Association.
His formal education was spent at UNT Dallas studying Medicinal Fungi and their benefits to humanity. His primary goals in life include mitigation of trash by cultivating edible fungi that consume waste such as plastic or cardboard with a focus on providing to impoverished nations, looking for and documenting rare and undescribed species, contributing as much as possible towards all aspects related to advancing mycology, and help spread awareness about the important roles that fungi play in our ecosystem.