Month: September 2016

Fun in the woods today.

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It's official! 3 pounds!

It’s official! 3 pounds!

Classy Susanne creates a bouquet of color from mushroom finds.

Classy Susanne creates a bouquet of color from mushroom finds.

Buddy's closeup shot of a Cortinarius species cob-webby veil

Buddy’s closeup shot of a Cortinarius species cob-webby veil

Today, eight of us ventured to the Odell Lake area searching for wet spots in a very dry forest.  The beauty of the woods on a sunny Autumn day cannot be given words. Although we found few edibles, we collected a delightful diversity for the club meeting tomorrow night.  Buddy M. took these pictures.  The first one is Linda holding Jim H.’s  huge 3 pound KING bolete!! At least two of us walked right by this and missed it. WHAT A FIND, JIM!




Reminder of COMC meeting

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Don’t forget that the Central Oregon Mushroom Club will meet on Friday evening, September 30, at 6 PM at the Environmental Center in downtown Bend.  We are heading out tomorrow to find mushrooms for you to view during the first part of the meeting.  Please bring any you find in your yards or journeys. See you there.

Autumn awakens

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It was so very beautiful on Santiam Pass today during the class field trip. Black lava, red and orange and yellow leaves backlit by the sun. The vine maples were showing us their best finery.


How Trees Talk to Each Other

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Click here to watch a short talk on how trees talk to each other:


Guess what plays a significant role in how trees communicate underground! Well worth 18 minutes of your time.


Categories: Education

Dale’s adventure to the coast

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My friend, Dale’s, excursion to an area north of Florence along the coast, yielded, these lovely young specimens.  The left mushroom is clearly a nice Boletus edulis button and the right mushroom is a young Matsutake, Tricholoma magnevelare.  The season has begun, so get out into the woods and start looking! dales-early-kingmatsie

Central Oregon Mushroom Club meeting Sept. 30

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Our next club meeting will be held on September 30, 6 PM, at the Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas.  This is a locals meeting with no outside speaker.  Linda Gilpin will review the mushroom tables, discussing specimens that have been brought to the meeting.  If you are finding mushrooms and plan to attend the meeting, please bring mushrooms to share for identification purposes (and bragging rights, if it applies.) If you can get out a day or two before the meeting and gather whatever you can find, please come share and learn.  After the tables, Lawrence Boomer will show a great slide show of mushrooms you may find. Ken C. will make announcements about up coming mushroom field trips and out-of-area events you may want to attend.  We will open the meeting to all who would like to share mushroom hunting stories. Join us for a personal locals meeting and stay tuned for the October meeting where we bring in Skye Weintraub to do a talk titled: “Tasty or Toxic.”

Mushroom classes at COCC Fall 2016

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Linda discusssing mushroom ID during field trip

Linda discusssing mushroom ID during field trip

If you are interested in learning about mushroom identification, I am offering two classes this fall term starting 9/26/16.  For the first time, I have scheduled an afternoon class in Redmond, 1-3 PM, for 4 Mondays with 2 full day field trips on Tuesdays.   The usual fall class in Bend is offered on Monday evenings at the 6:00-8:00, at the Chandler Lab with 2 full day field trips on Saturdays.  If interested, please contact COCC’s community education dept. as soon as possible.

Yellow Chanterelles are fruiting

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Picked Sept. 4 on the west side of Santiam Pass.

About 9 lbs. of early yellow Chanterelles. 

We picked these yellow Chanterelles on Sept. 4 in our usual spot on the west side of Santiam pass.  No matter how dry it gets or even how warm it has been, they come up in this same area every year at the same time and have done so for more than 20 years.  I understand from others that the seasonal change in the amount of light triggers trees to start pulling sap into their roots.  This stimulates fruiting in the underground mycelium that is in relationship with the tree and – pop!- up come mushrooms, specifically yellow Chanterelles.  Who says it’s too dry?  I am sure there is more to it than just this explanation, but it makes sense to me. I am always amazed and thankful to find these Chanterelles each season as they herald the beginning of mushrooms season!!