Today’s record high for April 19 was 81 degrees in Bend. This jump in temperature will cause the new morels to dry up and/or rot. It will also warm up the shadowed spots that haven’t fruited yet, but you must get them now or they will be gone. Hopefully the extended forecast will be for wetter, cooler weather next week. 8 days ago it snowed in Bend. Today I am hiding in the shade. Please post if you have been out and let us know the conditions.
I have received photos of fresh morels from folks who are hunting at around 4000 ft. in a burn near Sisters. That’s all I get to know so I am passing it forward because I don’t get to go out for a few days and somebody should! The heat will make them dry up quickly since we have had such little rain. Please post when you find things!
Look closely and see how many you can count!
Thank you, Jerime, for an informative and inspiring talk on your adventures growing oysters. It was fascinating that the flavor of the oysters seem to change with the kind of things you add to the substrate mix, like coffee grounds, vegetable scraps, etc. You talked about each of the obstacles you faced, like contamination and low fruiting and how to overcome them. You generously gave each of us oyster spawn to grow our on and offered a hands-on workshop in the near future. Very helpful information! I hope the folks who attended will comment on their success with their own little spawn packages. I will keep you posted on mine, too.
I am excited to post this message I received from Joe today! Morels this early in March! Get out and check your low spots and let us know how you do.
You got me into mushroom hunting last year. Found two whole Morels????. Headed over to Medford this week and happened to stumble upon these. Let’s hope for an early season in bend as well. Joe R.”
More from Joe: Found these “In the wood chips around work. Coworkers got them in the woods this last weekend. 1750 feet is what I am at. Will try this evening on my way home around shady cove and let you know details if I find.”
Our next COMC meeting will be March 13, Sunday evening at 6 PM, at the Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend. Jerime Ahlfs will present his work on growing mushrooms here in Central Oregon. He has successfully grown oyster mushroom and others and would like to share what he has learned. Please join us for an informative talk and question and answer time if you have any interest in growing mushrooms at home.
“This is a full day’s labors…not much really: two matsutakis and a handfull of very large, very wet chanterelles. However, the chanterelles are starting to push up in all the traditional places, off Hwy 22.”
From Linda: Looks like yo also have a cluster of Connopus acervatus (a.k.a Collybia acervatus or Gymnopus acervatus) in the bottom left corner of the photo. I sure hate it when they keep changing the name! The cluster of white-stemmed mushrooms to the lower right might be Lyophyllum, maybe descates group (Fried Chicken mushroom.)
Our late October meeting will be held at the Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, downtown Bend, at 6:30. The first half hour will be mushroom id. time, so bring your mushrooms! You can have them back at the end. It would be great to have a Matsutake or two to show those who have never found them.
We will be showing “The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly,” presented by Taylor Lockwood, an amazing photographer. We will follow the showing with a mushroom adventure discussion (mushroom show reviews, hunting stories, etc.) Please join us!
Pictures from Buddy:
The fair was fun and interesting except for the pouring rain which didn’t seem to put a damper on the thousands and thousands of people who came. Boy, there must be a lot of mushroomers in the Eugene area. I wish I would have had more time to study the tables of ID’ed mushrooms but there were so many people you couldn’t just stand and stare or you would get pushed out of the way. There sure are a lot of weird looking fungi in the world. I enjoyed it.
We are excited about our first photo contest and we hope many of you will try your hand at taking beautiful shots of fungi. We also have an educational category – photos that let someone identify the genus of the mushroom – gotta see the underside of the cap and spore color somehow. COOL PRIZES FOR THE WINNERS and lots of public admiration!