2016 Alaska Foray Field Report

Ted showing off a Alaskan gold

First of all, before going Noah Seigel was saying it was going to be a banner year for mushrooms in Alaska.   They had been gettting plenty of rain this year.   Last year, it was a drought year and the rivers were low.  I was getting excited and checking the weather of Soldotna months before the trip.   My palms were sweating.

This will be my fourth consecutive trip now and I am an Alaskan fixture at Bill Whites Sports Lodge...

2016 Alaska (by Attending FFSC Members)

2016 Alaska Foray again provided fun adventures for all of us who were lucky enough to go.   Bill and Jerry White were gracious hosts and the Alaskan weather gods smiled favorably upon us.   Mushroom and adventures abound.  Wish you were there to enjoy them with us.

2016 September General Meeting: Noah Siegel (by )

? WHEN: 09/21/2016, 6-9 pm
? WHERE: Harvey West Scout House, Harvey West Scout House
Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast

Please join us for our General Meeting at the Harvey West Scout House.  We will open earlier at 6PM, this month, so people can come and purchase a book or two at $35 and get them signed by both authors who will be present.   Refreshments will be provided and informal mushroom ID from 7:00 - 7:30.  A discussion of upcoming events will precede our speaker, Noah Siegel who will discuss his latest book, Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, co-written with our local Christian Schwarz.

Six years in the making, the newly published Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast is the definitive guide to mushrooms in the diverse ecological zones of this region. Gain a better understanding about the mushrooms of northern California, hear some of the stories behind the book, and enjoy a selection of breathtaking photographs; from common edibles to rare and remarkable species.

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 www.VRBO.com 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.  

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