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JUNE MEETING AT PARKER DAM

 I will probably not attend as it will only be 11 days after my rotor cuff repair, unless one of you wants to come pick me up and take me! 

 Your contact for this State Park is Carey Huber. I do walks/talks there, he is so accomodating. I asked him to announce our meeting and hope some of you will attend, I know it's a long drive, but many of our members drive long distances to attend and learn. This is free and open to the public as are all our monthly meetings.

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Bolete Eater - Hypomyces chrysospermum

Barrie told me in a recent note that, due to the heavy rainfall this spring, he expected the boletes would begin showing by the middle of June this year.  Well, a few of them have arrived a little earlier than that.  I know that Ken found an interesting specimen and I found a small patch of boletes before the month of May had expired. 

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Mystery Mushroom #9

Ok, here's one for the experts.  I recently found this mushroom in my back yard.  The gross appearance is of a super-sized bird's nest fungus, with the cup forming the nest and the bumps at the bottom forming the eggs.  But this is about an inch and a half across and pretty clearly some kind of Ascomycete.  There are two mature specimens in the photo.  I dug up the freshest of the two and turned it upside down so you can see how the stem is formed by a group of tube-like structures which diverge at the cap like veins or ribs.  The "egg&

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Onion-Stalk Parasol

While walking through the park last year I came across a large pile of (mostly oak) leaves that had been gathered by the maintenance crew and deposited at an out of the way location.  I thought to myself that pile of leaves would one day produce mushrooms.  Well, the other day I passed by that pile of leaves and it had indeed produced mushrooms -hundreds of mushrooms.  A photo of several of them is shown below. 

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Lion's Mane - Hericium erinaceus

In past years I generally did not do much mushroom hunting between the end of morel season and the beginning of the "summer" season.  But I have been taking a few walks this year and have found several interesting species new to me.  Given the current period of wet weather, I'm snapping pictures faster than I can post them.  I'm sure it will get dry one of these days and then the mushrooms will slow down and I can catch up.  In the mean time, I encourage everyone to get out and do a bit of looking around.  You never know what you might find.  &nb;

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Question on Mushroom Species

Hi!

I'm not a mushroom expert. We generally don't give advice on edibility of mushrooms without seeing it in person and in the context of where it was found and how it was growing. But those are some nice pictures, and I'll post it on the website for people to comment. Please check the website for opinions from people more knowledgeable than me. Thanks!

As a club, we disavow any opinions on mushroom identification for legal reasons. Please keep that in mind before you take anyone's advice.

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Another Spring Chicken!

My find was not quite as dramatic as Diana's, but I too recently found a Laetiporus mushroom, shown in the photo below.  Being as how it's still May, I feel compelled to label it a "spring chicken," along with Diana and her spectacular find.  Bill Russell discusses the early fruiting chickens in his book and says they are not particularly rare in this area.  But there's a complicating factor in this case.  Bill indicates that the early fruiting specimens are usually White Chicken mushrooms, Laetiporus persicinus or Laetiporus sulphureus var.

First Chicken of the nearby woods

 My friend, Connie Weaver, brought this lovely Chicken to my attention this afternoon. It was less than half mile from my home, in Gamelands #176. The ruler I'm holding in my left hand is 48" long! The 'schroom "wrapped" the tree stump, and was very fresh. Yum!

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Another Big Fungus - Polyporus squamosus

I collected a log several years ago that I planned to inoculate with one of my favorite mushrooms, but never got around to doing so.  As luck would have it, it was colonized by Polyporus squamosus and has produced mushrooms every spring for the past few years.  I brought a small specimen of this fungus from the log to the May meeting.  On the way home from the meeting, I spotted the much larger specimen shown below growing from a roadside stump.  I needed something to use for scale in the photo and had in my basket our spiffy new club patch, so I used it.  This

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Big Foot - Morchella esculenta var. crassipes

I spent over a week fishing in the rain with my brother and nephew during the latter part of the morel season and didn't get out to hunt them during that time.  On Saturday, May 21st, I took a walk in Tuscarora State Forest to see what I could find for the club meeting the following day.  I found a number of interesting specimens and I'll post photos of a few of them in the coming days.  One find that was too fragile to collect was the large morel shown in the photo below.  Unfortunately, after a week of rain nearly every day, it was past it's prime.  Fortunately, I

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