In the Getting Started tutorial, we explored the Foray Module and created a new Location and a new Foray at that location. We tracked where we walked on the Foray and recorded a number of Observations when we came across mushrooms that interested us. You can retrieve the Observation you made on a Foray by selecting the Forays Module, then selecting the Location and date of the Foray. This will create a map of that Foray showing the Track you followed and the Observations you recorded. From the map, you can select an individual Observation and see the details and image you saved for it, or you can press the List icon and retrieve a list of all the Observations you recorded on the Foray.
As useful as this may be, once you have recorded a number of Forays at a number of different Locations, you may want to retrieve your Observations organized in a different way. For example, rather than recalling a previous Foray, you may want to look up when and where you found Chanterelles last year, or you may want to see what you found during the month of June for the past few years. This is where the Search Module becomes most useful. The Search Module lets you recall your Observations based on a combination of criteria. The results of the search can be displayed on a map, or as a list sorted by common name, scientific name, or month & day.
If you have just started using MushroomLog and haven’t saved more than a few Observations yet, you can download a .zip file containing sample foray data from here to your computer. Once you have it, unzip it and email or AirDrop the ForayExport.mlog file to you iPhone. When you tap the file on your iPhone, it will automatically be imported into MushroomLog. You will be able to see the imported Forays in the Forays Module. This is the data that has been used in the following examples.