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How To Find Morels Good

I was out again today in Huntingdon County and found a dozen morels.  I'm certainly no expert at finding morels, or any other mushroom for that matter.  But I've found a few in a place where they are not plentiful and have a couple tips that I think might help those club members with even less experience than me.  My tips are on how to find morels, not where to find morels.  I'm still figuring that out and will leave such advice to others more astute. 

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Saddle Up - Helvella sp. ?

I have made only one morel find to date but I'm starting to find some other species now that the weather has warmed a bit.  We were over in Perry County this past weekend and I couldn't resist a quick check of Lamb's Gap.  I visited the area several mornings last summer and found quite a variety of mushrooms, many of which were included in my blog pages.  The low woods there has quite a bit of tulip poplar and I hoped to find some morels among them.  No such luck, but the area did yield a few interesting mushrooms.   

Good start to a great season

False Morels are out there too!

 I'm glad to see that Dave has found morels! However, the fakes are out there too. A friend brought me a batch of them last evening, thinking they were tasty half-free morels. However, after sleuthing through Kao and checking with Bill R. and Christine G., I concluded they were NOT an edible variety.

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Finally, Morels

Yep, no kidding, I found my first morels of 2011 today.  Given that I've been searching for them since the first of March, it seems they have been a long time coming.  I went out today to what I deem my "indicator beds", two areas where I found morels last year.  Again today I did not find morels in those two areas.  But I was following Bob's sage advice, as I always do, of keeping a close watch on the ground.  And I found a patch of eight and a half (a squirrel or something had found and ate half of one) nice fresh, fat morels right beside the trail

Shiitake thimble spawn source

 For those of you who are doing shiitake cultivation, I have great success with thimble spawn from

 Paul Goland @ Hardscrabble Enterprises . He doesn't have a website but you can E-mail him at  Mailing address is PO box 1124 Franklin West Virginia 26807

Tree Identification

Hi All,

Here are some illustrations to help with tree id.Some types fungus are tree specific,so it helps to know what it's growing on!

Print these out and you can cut them out,maybe laminate them and carry with.

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Field Report

I was out looking today.  I have heard scattered reports of early finds in other southern parts of the state, so figured a check was in order.  Didn't find any morels but I measured the soil temperature in a couple areas where I have previously found black morels and the measurements were all around 60 degrees in the middle of the afternoon. 

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Have You Seen This Plant?

Ken sent me several links to information regarding an invasive plant of particular interest to mushroom hunters and all who enjoy our forested lands.  The plant is Alliaria petiolata, commonly known as Garlic Mustard.  It is a member of the Brassicaceae or cabbage/mustard plant family with a biennial (two year) life cycle.  Vegetable gardeners are quite familiar with the Brassica family, as it contains rutabaga, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower to name a few.  These plants are all highly refined by man to modify the roots, leaves, stems, and flowers into a form we

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