Noted mycologist James Pader is coming to the Jackson County Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, in the Community Room.

Pader will talk about identification and cooking methods of various mushrooms. This program is free of charge.

Western North Carolina, with its amount of humidity and rainfall, is a perfect place to discover fungal diversity.

Many people are interested in wild mushrooms for culinary use but are understandably reluctant on where to start. There are plenty of mushrooms that can be cultivated for culinary purposes, but this presentation will focus mainly on mushrooms that can be found in local forests.

Proper identification of mushrooms is 100 percent required before consumption. This presentation will not focus solely on identification but will also showcase the culinary possibilities hiding around the next tree.

Pader is the founder of WAM!, West N.C. Area Mushrooms! He has been studying fungi and mold in crawlspaces in WNC since 2002 but started learning about more common mushrooms in 2013. After a brief time growing culinary mushrooms, he has become more interested in taxonomy and identification and is currently able to identify about 200 species by sight. Learn more at

For more information, call the Library at 586-2016.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.