project would not have been possible without the financial support
received from the Canadian Department of Heritage through the
Virtual Museum of Canada. Thank you.
Nor would there be a website if not for Dr. George Barron, Professor
Emeritus, University of Guelph. His recent publication of a
field guide to the mushrooms of eastern Canada inspired the
site from the beginning and his enthusiasm has guided us through
its development. Dr. Barron provided many of the beautiful fungal
portraits reproduced here, critical review and several sections
of text. Any errors or omissions found within are mine own,
for in Dr. Barron's own words, "I didn't always go along with
his recommendations so the mistakes are all mine!" Heartfelt
thanks from all of us, Dr. Barron.
A project of this size cannot be created without the input of
many professionals. Our web designer and HTML programmer, Jacquelyn
Corbett Cyr, went far and beyond the call of duty during the
preparation of The Fungus Among Us. Many, many thanks, J! And
to her husband, David Cyr for growing mushrooms on the site!
I wish also to acknowledge the writers. Jerry Lockett, thanks
so much for the extensive research
into the fungal facts and folklore you've presented and the
overall organization of the text. Your engaging writing style
encourages learning and you have helped us reach the broadest
of audiences. To Sally Ross who researched and created the French
adaptation, much gratitude for your patience and diligence.
I have appreciated the audience sensitivity you brought to the
All of the photographs and illustrations are exhibited with
permission and copyright is held by the photographers, except
where the NS Museum of Natural History has contracted to have
images made. Many thanks to George Barron, Tom Sutton, Greg
Thorn, Alex Wilson, Fred Joyce, Carolyn Bird, Darryl Grund,
the family of Ken Harrison and the estate of Mary Primrose for
permission to reproduce their images. Thanks to Elizabeth Owen
for her illustrations of fungi structure.
Many people reviewed the site from its earliest stages. Their
comments, criticisms and suggestions provided the basis for
change in both the appearance and content of the website.