Fungi of the Sky Islands

red boot pictured next to large reddish shelf fungus for size comparison

Rising dramatically 5,259 feet above the desert basins of Southeast Arizona, the Chiricahua Mountains are the largest of the Arizona Sky Islands. The Sky Islands are mountain ranges world-renowned among scientists and nature lovers as biodiversity hotspots containing an immense range of habitats that are home to its fascinating flora and fauna. The mushrooms of this region are relatively understudied and include a number of endemic species. The Fungi of the Sky Islands program aims to explore this diversity and increase the knowledge about the mushrooms of the region by creating a richly-documented map and checklist of fungi we encounter using the iNaturalist platform. The iNaturalist observations we record will be an open-source set of data for any mycologist, casual or professional, to use for their research.