Alberta MushroomsMushrooms are mystical and fun to observe. I'm never sure which ones are edible but do know that several of them are poisonous and if eaten or even handled it can lead to a gruesome death. See the NAMA web site for poisoning details. Although mushrooms are very interesting to look at, the microscopic spores found on the gills can contain serious toxins. I quote a mycologist who said the following, "Fungal species are to numerous to identify and no one can claim to be an expert. There are several deadly look a like's and some have not even been documented".