The lead photo says it all -- it was cold! 49 hardy foragers attended the Albion I foray, with some last-minute cancellations due to dry conditions, and, ironically, Friday night's rain-turned-snow on hightways 101 and 20. Those who made the trip were rewarded with a clear blue sky and bracing temperatures Saturday morning. The mushrooms should have been flash-frozen! Many thanks to Kitty Elvin for her beautiful images.
This foray presented proof positive that Mendocino never disappoints for fungi. Even in this dry year, 30 - 40 species were collected and identified under Henry Young's guidance.
The most common edibles were the chanterelles, both white and golden; most folks found at least a few. Some of the more interesting collections, covered in Henry's saturday evening table walk &talk, included Albatrellus flettii, a blue stalked polypore, and an earth star, which we rarely see up north. Pine spikes were fairly abundant, with a good representation of Chroogomphus ochraceous, a species we don't frequently see in Santa Cruz.
Arrangements at Albion have recently changed, with mushrooms again being ID'ed in the main room. The lab building has been converted to a lounge. It was really nice having everyone together with specimens close at hand.
Reservations will be accepted beginning December 10 for the Albion II foray scheduled for January 31 - February 2. Scroll down the homepage to the Albion II article for details.