Month: April 2015

Morel Meeting a huge success!

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Laurence Boomer presented a diarama about morels for our April 22 meeting and it was very well attended with close to 70 folks wanting into the small room we had reserved.  Apologies to those who were turned away, but this is the best we could do under the circumstances of losing our other meeting space. We are looking for a better spot to meet regularly, so if you know of a place in Bend that is fairly cheap and can accomodate our growing group (50-75 people), please let me know (

Meanwhile, I am hearing every day that people are finding some morels, usually near the Metolius river, but also in nearby burns. The season isn’t in full swing yet, at least from what I have heard, but definitely worth a trip to the woods. Many of us will be going out this weekend hoping to score some tasty morsels, so don’t forget to get your mushroom permit before Friday’s closing time at the USFS (4:25.) It’s still early and I hope a little rain happened in the mountains today. Rain dances are in order here.

Please let us know how you do out there.


Morels are up!


I have received several emails with pictures of morels from Central Oregon. This is my neighbor Christopher with his kids who found this stash yesterday along the Metolius River.  Others have talked about burns around 3500 feet.  What have you found?
Christopher and kids spring morels

How to Find Morels talk – new location from previous post!

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Due to a bit of a double scheduling problem, our April club meeting will be held at the Deschutes Historical Society in downtown Bend.  The address is 129 NW Idaho and it is the next block south of the Boys and Girls Club and across the street from Amity Creek school, between Bond and Wall St. Meeting still starts at 6 PM on Weds. evening, April 22. Please join us!

How to Find Morels!! Laurence Boomer’s talk, Weds., April 22


Our own Central Oregon Mushroom Club member, Laurence Boomer, will speak on how to find morel mushrooms at this month’s club meeting,  Wednesday, April 22, Deschutes Historical Society, downtown Bend, 129 NW Idaho.  Doors open at 6 PM with a show and tell time for the first half hour for  those who bring in mushrooms to identify.  Laurence’s talk will begin about 6:30.  Here is what Laurence wrote about his morel talk:

Laurence and morel“I have been hunting edible mushrooms here in Central Oregon since 1990, Judith introduced me to Morels, she had picked Morels occasionally in Montana, and we thence began hunting them here.  I became obsessed with mushroom hunting, and by using various guides such as Alexander H Smith’s good old black and white guide, which Judith had, and thence Arora’s All That the Rain Promises  and Mushroom’s Demystified, I figured out what, where and when by myself. (Well, along with Judith and my dogs, but the dogs are not interested in mushrooms, only squirrels!)

I have never hunted with anyone else, and all the knowledge I intend to impart at the presentation is my own discoveries amassed purely by spending years hiking through surrounding forest in search of wild edible mushrooms.  Because Judith and I love hiking, camping and exploring, and we have our 4 Shepherds who we take walking several miles Every Day, we know most every square inch of the forests around here. I have not hunted Morels anywhere else, so I do not have any information about other areas other than what I have read online in mushroom forums or by reading Michael Kuo’s Book Morels and  Langdon cooks book The Mushroom Hunter.  I rarely hunt burns, so I am a hunter of Naturals.  A teaser hum??  How about, I always return to Green Ridge on my Birthday, June 11th to find the last of the Morels flushing there.  Is that going to be the case this year??  I will go and find out!  I am assembling a diorama with maps, photos of Morels, terrain and trees bushes etc.  I will be fairly specific about areas and times as things have been in previous years, however there are patches I have that I will not reveal. As  for all the rest of the presentation, I am going to leave it a surprise, but I believe all will enjoy.”