Mushroom identification takes time and dedicated study. Certainly many mushrooms have look-alikes but there are plenty that are unique and these are the mushrooms to learn first. You can safely handle any mushroom but be sure to keep your hands away from your face. Generally, non-gilled mushrooms are safest for beginners and include many edibles. The information given on the following pages is just a general description and a few pointers to help you learn the larger mushrooms we find within an hour or two of Bend.