|On Thursday, January 25th, Cecelia
and I went to Fort Bragg to stay and hunt with Sandi and Hugh Smith for our second
mushroom hunt of the year. While there, we also attended the All California Club
Foray at the Albion Field Station, organized by Debbie Viess and David
Rust, of the Bay Area
Mycological Society, along with the Fungus
Federation of Santa Cruz.
For most of Thursday and Friday, the four of
us mainly picked for the table, collecting several small hedgehogs, golden and a few white
chanterelles, Yellow-Foot Chanterelles, a few Candy Caps, and some Horn of Plenty. We saw lots and
other species, many new to Cecelia and me, including the all-black Sarcosoma
mexicana and a small patch of Golden Fairy Clubs, the Clavulinopsis
laeticolor, all collected by Hugh.
Part of Friday, and all of Saturday, we mostly
collected for the All-Club ID table. On Saturday, Hugh led a few forays for the
Albion event, and we found more of the same, plus many colorful hygrocybes,
which included the red H. coccocinea, orange ones with yellow stalks, the
H. flavescens, and
the green Parrot Hygrocybe, the H. psittacina.
While at the All-Club event, we enjoyed great
meals, saw a few old friends, and made a few new ones. We also got to listen to
a very interesting talk about wood rotters, and I now think I know the main
difference between White and Brown Rot.
On Saturday night, we all celebrated David Rust's
Thanks again to Debbie and David for organizing
the All-Club event, and Sandi and Hugh for the whole weekend.
Hugh's take on the weekend:
I found that some of my favorite places seemed to
be deserts, when actually they're not. The leaves have piled up to 5 or 6 inches
in lots of areas and there hasn't been any rain to pack them down. That means
the mycelium can't get at them either. And with the big winds we had, there are
lots of extra limbs and trees on the ground. Different than any other winter?
No, same thing. Familiar spots where I know something will come up can't be
seen. So now there's this huge carpet of debris, waiting for the rain. And it
DID rain, at least in Albion, anyway. It was enough to get my glasses wet and
make me wish I had a hat. And a rainbow! No rain, no rainbows.
To see more from Hugh, click HERE.
From Debbie Viess:
The stars certainly were in their proper alignment for
the weekend itself. The temperatures were surprisingly warmish for the field station, nestled as it is in a
cold-catching hollow by the Albion River. For the first time in over twelve years I didn't have to wear
my wool cape to ward off the elements! The little bit of rain that fell restricted itself to Friday
afternoon, and the rest of the weekend was quite lovely. To add to the background ambience, the Gray
whales were at the height of their migration South, and time spent on any nearby ocean bluff rewarded you
with the sight of many whale blows, and even a few backs and tails. Thanks to Sandi Smith for that
heads-up, or we would never have thought to look!
To see more from Debbie, click HERE.
The following, some with links to a picture, is the species list for the
Amanita sp. (vaginata type)
Armillaria mellea (group)
Camarophyllopsis foetens (moth-ball mushroom)
Cholorociboria aeruginascens (blue-green wood)
Cortinarius collinitus group (slimy bands on stipe)
Cortinarius rubicundulus (ochre and red)
Cortinarius sp. (5)
Entoloma rhodopolium gp.
Hygrocybe singeri (slimy cap and
Hygrophorus bakerensis (almondy smell)
Hygrophorus gliocyclus (ultra slimy)
Hypomyces cervinigenus (on Helvella)
Hypomyces hyalinus (on amanita)
Hypoxylon thouarsianum (cramp balls)
Inocybe sp. (2)
Lactarius argillaceifolius v. megacarpus
Lactarius deliciosus group (true L. deliciosus not in
Lactarius fallax (beautiful brown velvety caps)
Melanopus (Polyporus) badius
|Microglossum viride (green earth tongues)
Mycena sp. (3)
Otidea sp. (dull orange)
Phaeolus schweinitzii (not just an ugly brown butt rot fungus anymore)
Psathyrella gracilis group
Pseudohydnum gelatinosum (clear and brown forms)
Ramaria formosa group (but not formosa)
Rhizopogon occidentalis (ochraceorubens)
Russula ameolens group
Russula brevipes var. acrior (green cast to gills)
Russula sp. (growing on Doug Fir cone)
Sowerbyella (Aleuria) rhenana
Tapinella (Paxillus) panuoides
Tricholoma psammopus (aurantio-olivaceum)
158 species total. Thanks to our ace team of identifiers: Dr. Terry
Henkel, Phil Carpenter, Henry Young, Doug Smith, John Brown, Herman Brown, Debbie
Viess, David Rust and a special virtual guest appearance by Dr. Dennis Desjardin, who nailed our “moth-ball” fungus.
On the next two pages are pictures that were taken by
Hugh Smith (www.hughsmith.org), plus a few that I took.
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