Honeys - Armillaria mellea (by Mark Benson)

Mushroom of the Month: January, 2016

(Reposted from posting on google groups with photos courtesy of Hugh Smith)

How about all this rain! 

Those were a beautiful display of Honey Mushrooms, Hugh!  Tight and turgid and just the right time to harvest.

Seeing them prompted me to write a few lines about Honeys not from any formal knowledge...but from my work experience and from 'experts' with whom I consulted for my clients in my work with trees.  I hope it is helpful to some of you.  I am not a scientist...just an observer.

January, 2016

"New Year's Boletus Edulius" by Jonathan O'Bergin

Best Photo
Date: January 02, 2016
ISO Speed: 160
Exposure: 0.03 sec
Focal Length: 5 mm
Aperture: f/3.2
Flash Used: No

First light is the time to get lucky.   Edulius in January?

Coccoras (by Katherine Elvin)

Mushroom of the Month: December, 2015

Amanita Calyptroderma Coccoras are one of my favorite mushrooms to see and collect.   The distinctive colors, thick cottony cap and striation on the cap edge makes this amanita a little easier to id.   If I am unsure at any point, it stays in the ground and I take away the memory, image and sometimes a photo.

Debbie Viess has a very informative link here on BAMMS web site which tells more about this species.

You can go here for Mushroom Observer.
     Amanita Calyptroderma - Fall Coccora - tan to light brown
     Aminita vernicoccora - Spring Coccora - light yellow

Pt. Reyes Fungus Fair (BAMS) (by )

? WHEN: 01/03/2016, 10 am - 4 pm
? WHERE: Point Reyes National Seashore
Next up on the Fair circuit is the Pt. Reyes Fungus Fair on Jan. 2 and 3. Saturday is a group effort (skilled and unskilled, young and old, local and far-flung) of Pt. Reyes/West Marin mushroom collection and ID, Sunday is the set-up and the Fair. It's FREE, it's fun, and the fungi have arrived!
We spent a very happy afternoon there on Friday, walking through magnificent fields of mycenas (remember those?) and admiring muscaria...

Naturalist Night at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History (Non-FFSC event)

? WHEN: 12/15/2015, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
? WHERE: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Naturalist Night
"Naturalist Night: 

Edible and Poisonous Fungi
$6 Museum Members | $12 General
Local fungophile, Henry Young, has been hunting mushrooms for over 30 years and is currently a Science Advisor to the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz, a group dedicated to ...