Criteria for the Observation of the Month

The Observation of the Month is posted as the NYMS collection group’s banner (, on the society’s twitter page (, and on our instagram feed ( Every observation is carefully attributed to the photographer who took the photo used (with their permission).

The following are the criteria used for selection of the OOTM:

  • Observation must have at least one photo associated with it
  • PHOTOGRAPH MUST BE IN FOCUS (especially when blown up)
  • Observation must fall under the myxomycetes/slime molds or Fungi Kingdom.
  • The observer must be a member, in good standing, of the New York Mycological Society
  • Observation must be added to one of the two official NYMS iNaturalist projects
  1. Fungi of NYC -
  2. Fungi Beyond NYC - (Please note the location parameters on the about section of this project)

  • The observation must be made in the coverage area indicated on one of the two project pages listed above

  • Observation should be identified to, at least, the genus level, by a reliable source

  • Observations that are of particular interest, vis-a-vis specimens that are of interest from a scientific or conservation perspective, will be given preference

  • Prefer photos that can be cropped to 760x320, squared, etc. – so some surroundings in the frame is best

  • The most recent observations take precedence if all other criteria have been met.

  • The following criteria are used post-selection:

    • The observer must give their permission to use said observation, with proper attribution, before the OOTW is posted (unless they have already given permission to use photos via the form).
    • The observer will be credited with the photo observation with text indicating all social media accounts we have on file for them and/or a “Photo by …” text.
    • The selected image may be cropped to fit the various formats.

    You can read about the process of choosing the OOTM here

    Publicado por tomzuckerscharff tomzuckerscharff, 22 de junio de 2021