North to Alaska Foray 2016 (by Bill White)

? WHEN: 27-03, September 2016
? WHERE: Sterling, Alaska

Join Bill and Jerri White at their Alaska Sports Lodge for the highly popular Alaska Foray. The dates this year are August 27 – September 3. 

Alaska Bolete by Bradley Dunbaugh Why?

Beautiful scenery, wildlife, fresh seafood and mushrooms! Edibles often found include Boletes, Gypsies, Hedgehogs, Lactarius deliciosus, and Alaska Gold, Phaeolepiota aurea. Fungal diversity can be astonishing, with some forays yielding over 200 species.

Read about our 2015 foray adventures.

UCSC Fungal Herbarium Sequencing Project (by Henry Young)

"To expand through education, the understanding and appreciation of mycology and to assist the general public, related institutions or societies to further this goal as stated articles of incorporation."  

2013 FFSC voted to allocate $15,000 to fund this project for DNA sequencing.   And with the help of other contributors have reduced the FFSC amount.  All FFSC funds and others for this project have been paid directly to the analytic lab that did the sequencing.

2016 Echo Summit Foray (by )

? WHEN: 02-05, September 2016
? WHERE: Echo Summit Lodge, 9010 Johnson Pass Rd, Echo Lake, CA

Our Annual Echo Summit Foray is scheduled for September 2 - 5, Labor Day Weekend, at the California Alpine Club’s Echo Summit Lodge, with breathtaking views overlooking the Tahoe Basin. If thunderstorms cooperate we will find quite a variety of fungi, including edibles, such as Bol etus and Leccinum. Regardless of the number of mushrooms found, we always have a wonderful time.

There is no limit to the foray size itself. FFSC members are welcome to stay off site and join us for the foray and meals. There is also RV parking next to the lodge. The lodge fills up fast so make sure you reserve your space in advance. Reservations for the lodge will open August 1. You must be a FFSC member for you and your family to attend.  

Click here to join now.

Report From The Sierra (by )

Mount Shasta was visible at all times of every day. Hardly a cloud!

Sandi and I met Mark and Toni from Santa Cruz at McCloud for the McCloud Mushroom Festival. We rented a home on and we were able to walk to town for the festival every day. We've been before but this was so much better than the last time.

Yes, Hygrophorus caeruleus were found. There was lots of fungal activity from 3200 feet and up...

2016 Spring Foray (by Lety, Anna and Kitty)

This years Spring foray 2016 was fun as usual.   Morels were to be found both in the burns and blonde naturals along the trails by the creek.   We happened up an early flush of Spring Kings as well.   Plenty of spring wildflowers at 4000' feet and higher.   A little rain, a little sun and plenty of good company makes our FFSC forays the events we enjoy.   Both old timers and new enjoyed hunting and eating mushrooms.   Till the next hunt.....

"Busted" (by )

It was 25 years ago in May that I joined a foray to Yosemite led by David Arora.  We camped at the Sweetwater campground on Hwy. 120 outside the park.  I was new to FFSC then and didn’t know anyone, but feel that there must have been a club member or two on the trip.  David says there were about twenty of us in total but sadly I have no photos of the foray and can’t remember the people.   The first day we hunted the Nat. forest off Evergreen road  and found morels.  I remember being very proud of a prime 3” specimen.  David found some Amanita velosa and cooked them up for us to taste that evening.  He told us they were some of the best-tasting mushrooms and, of course, added the obligatory warning about eating amanitas that we weren’t absolutely sure of.