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User Guide

This page will help you to better understand the layout of this website and how to use it more effectively, as well as highlight some of its special features. At the bottom, there is information on where to direct any questions or comments that you might have.

Website Overview
This site offers several different ways to search for a particular species that you are looking for, or would like to learn more about.

  • Search by Name: you can search for a species by its common, scientific, or family name. Also, if you have a species but don’t know its name, you can browse the thumbnails on these pages to find it!

  • Search by Use: This feature contains a list and description of the different ways that the edible plants and fungi on this site can be prepared and eaten.

  • Search by Growth Type: Are you still having trouble identifying a species? You can narrow it down by its growth form, and then choose from a list!

  • Search by Harvest Season: Use this search method to find out what edibles are in season and can be harvested.

Each species page contains a description of the characteristics of the species, how it can be used, its habitat and range, and the season in which it can be harvested. Make sure to scroll to the bottom for fun facts about that species. There may also be recipes for its use!

Special Features
Here are a few things to keep in mind while you are navigating this site.

  • The title that appears on every webpage is linked to the homepage.
  • On any webpage, if you see a picture in which you are interested, click on it and it will bring you to page that describes it.
  • For information on who took a photograph, rest your mouse over the picture and a textbox will appear telling you who took it.
  • If there is a term with which you are unfamiliar, it's most likely linked to the glossary and you can click on it to see the definition!
  • In the glossary, there are a number of termsthat are difficult to define in words, so see the diagram page for a visual explanation

Can’t get enough of electronic field guides?

Good news! There are a whole bunch of them on this and other topics. You can see them on the classe's website: www.bio.brandeis.edu/fieldbio.

Questions or Comments?
If you have any questions, comments, and/or concerns please don't hesitate to contact the creators:
            Emily Silver at silver1275@gmail.com
            Limor Weizmann at dardasit77@aol.com
            Hannah Ramer
            Or our professor, Dan Perlman at perlman@brandeis.edu

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