Mushroom Identification Class registration online

July 28th, 2014

For some reason, my mushroom identification class did not make it in the COCC Community Learning printed calendar.  It is now available online.  It will still fill up, so be sure to register as soon as you can.  Here is the web page: http://www.cocc.edu/continuinged/birding—hiking

Morels in the Ochocos

June 9th, 2014

It has been quiet on the mushroom blog lately. Not many folks sending in comments.  Ron and I went to the Ochocos yesterday on a beautiful Sunday.  We found about 1 1/2 pounds of fresh and large morels, some fist sized, but they were all  in one area at about 5600 ft.  The other “hot spots” of yore produced nothing.  Lots of walking and nothing else. I don’t know what to think of that, but it was such a perfect day with so many blooming wildflowers, it didn’t really matter much to me.

The road to Bachelor should be producing spring kings by now, maybe a few morels, but the fire may get in our way soon.   Has anyone had luck or no luck up there?

Julie’s recent spring kings

May 27th, 2014

We found these close in at about 4000 ft.  We tried something new and smoked the bolete then put it on pizza. Sorry no pictures cause they dissapeared.  It tasted very bacony.

Rhoda’s city morels – beautiful!

May 27th, 2014


I found these in our backyard in Bend, as large as a child’s toy football! Wondering if huge morels or false morels? Can you help ID? Will be appreciated!

Joshua’s Pole Creek Stash

May 27th, 2014

From Joshua:

I had some pictures to share with the club if you would like. I have attached several images, feel free to use any you would like. All the morels shown were harvested near pole creek in the fore-mentioned areas on the edges of the burn. It was a fantastic weekend, all together we came out with roughly eight pounds after several outings. There were some amazing hotspots that yielded up to 15-20 mushrooms per grouping, and there one hill that produced some pole creek giants. Hope you enjoy the pics and happy hunting.

Joshua Demoran



What is this??

May 22nd, 2014

Nate emailed me today with these photos and questions about this spring hedgehog.  What is your idea?

Bunches of boletes for Clair

May 22nd, 2014

Once again, eagle-eyed Clair shares his spring bounty photos with us.  Just a little bait to get out and hunt.  Be sure to read Christopher’s comment in another post.  We did find a few baby boletes on Monday on Conklin Rd, toward Sunriver, so they should be popping soon.  We are headed up to the Ochocos for this weekend and will let you know how we do. Please submit posts to brag about your finds to get us jealous and jazzed.  

Our first morels for 2014

May 17th, 2014

Ron and I went up to Pole Creek Fire area near Whychus creek and looked hard through the edges of the burn.  We finally started to find them, but they were mainly in one or two spots with nothing much outside of these hotspots.  We netted 1 1/2 pounds of morels. Dirty work, but we will enjoy every bite. Notice that good boy Ron cut them in half as required, well except for some of mine! 

Spring kings spring up!

May 16th, 2014

From Clair:

Went out looking for morels today, but found these kings instead. Only saw one morel, and didn’t pick it. I was at lower elevations in the Metolius, and on Green Ridge. It’s already dryer than I had expected.

More Morel finds

May 14th, 2014

This is happy Christopher with his first little batch of morels this spring.  He didn’t pass up the chewy, tasty miner’s lettuce he found near the Pole Creek burn with his two children. Chris says that he found them mostly in one spot after looking and looking and looking – the last half hour in about one acre area in the lowest parts of the burn.    Ron and I went out for a couple hours today, too, but found nothing to eat.  Several Tricholoma vernaticum and eaten up Ramaria let us know the season is starting, but little else showed up at 4500-5000 ft.  I think it may be a little early for where we were looking and we certainly need some rain!

How have you done out there?