Resources available for mushroom identification

Re: “Victoria boy, 3, dies in mushroom tragedy,” Oct. 13.

The members of the South Vancouver Island Mycological Society are extremely saddened by the news of the child who died after eating mushrooms picked in Victoria. On behalf of our club, I express our deepest sympathy to the family.

We hope that increased education will help prevent a repeat of this tragedy. It is critical that anyone gathering mushrooms to eat learn the basics of mushroom identification as well as the specifics of mushrooms growing in this region. Courses are offered seasonally at Royal Roads University and through the Swan Lake Nature Centre. The Capital Regional District also offers mushroom walks at selected parks.

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