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Our 2016 Annual Fall Wild Mushroom Exhibit will be on October 29th and 30th. For the second year the show will be held in the cafeteria at Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle, Bellevue, WA 98007. This location is a large venue for our event, abundant free parking, and all of the exhibit is under one roof on one level! Bellevue College is close to and is easily accessible from I-90 and does not require a toll going over the I-90 Bridge from Seattle. It is also well serviced by Metro for people who prefer to ride the bus.

The exhibit will be open to the public on:

Saturday, Oct 29th: Noon – 7PM
Sunday, Oct 30th: 10AM – 5PM.

Admission fees for this event are:
Adults: $10
Full time students (with IDs): $5
Children 12 and under: free.
Tickets will be pre-sold online on our website at http://www.psms.org starting Oct 1st.

Fall is Here, Rejoice

by Brady Raymond

West 9/18/16

Here on the west side of the Cascades things seem to be chugging along quite nicely so far this fall. Temperatures are steadily dropping and the rains are beginning their onslaught, to the chagrin of most but a welcome sign to our kind.  My Mother is in town and Erin and I thought we would take her out for the chance to look for some chanterelles, maybe some lobsters, and whatever else we could find.

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“This is our quarry, stay alert”  I told my Mom as we headed out on her first mushroom hunt in the PWN.

My Mom has been out to visit a few times now but she has never been down the Mountain Loop Highway.  Oops, I mean a secret road you didn’t hear about from me.  We have a few spots that always produce for us so long as conditions are right.  Everything looked good at our first stop, we got out and eagerly started looking.  I quickly spotted some Hydnellum aurantiacum, I wasn’t sure if Erin could dye with it but I know that toothed fungi are usually a good bet, so I collected them with my Mom and would ask Erin when we got back to the car (we have a new addition to the family, so one of us has to stay at the car while the others look).  She was excited when I showed her and thought they would produce a greenish gray tone, her memory turned out to be right, at least according to The Rainbow Beneath My Feet.  For those of you attending the Ben Woo Foray this October you’ll most likely get the results first hand if attending the dye workshop and I’m sure an article on the blog will follow soon, stay tuned.

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Car Prep for Mountain Excursions

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This road in the Entiat Mountains is out there.  We didn’t see many other people on this road.

by Brady Raymond

Heading out to the woods to look for some delicious mushrooms?  Bought yourself a sweet new ride five years ago, what could go wrong?  A dead battery at 5000ft. with no cell reception, night setting in and lows in the 30’s.  You don’t have a blanket, you ate all your food and there is only one bottle of water left. You feel responsible for the two friends you took out hunting, neither of which has much if any experience in the woods.  They couldn’t tell you the difference between a Phaeolus schweinitzii and a Russula xerampelina let alone any of the cardinal directions.  You secretly hope their lack of skill in the backwoods is an advantage for you if things come down to cannibalism.

Truth is, you’ll only be out here one uncomfortable night. Your at a a popular trailhead and more than likely you can get a jump sometime tomorrow morning, at least you have jumper cables.

It seems obvious to pack for unintended circumstances but I’ve been mushrooming with folks who don’t even bring knives and once someone forgot water.  Below is a list of things you should probably have in your car just in case.

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Slugs & Mushrooms

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Ariolimax columbianus, (Pacific Banana Slug)

by Brady Raymond

Let’s talk about Slugs.

Slugs?

Yeah, slugs.

Why?

‘Cause slugs are cool.

I guess I’m writing this article because slugs are cool, and a little gross by most human standards but so are mushrooms to many folks, but us mycophiles seem perfectly delighted by their curious ways. So why not give slugs a chance? Plus, I saw more slugs in the last couple of outings than I did mushrooms, and that’s ok because in my opinion these gooey gastropods are a good omen. When you see slugs it means conditions are progressing in a manor which will facilitate the growth of fungi and that condition, is moisture.

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Arion rufus, this species also occurs in a lighter brown, orange and a jet black variety.  Notice the pneumostome on the right side of the mantle, the hole by which the animal breathes.

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Mushroom of the Month, Pluteus ‘cervinus’ (Deer Mushroom)

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by Danny Miller

I hope everybody had a wonderful summer. Usually there is not much happening in the Pacific Northwest mushroom-wise during this time, due to the long dry spells, but we had a good amount of rain in June! This led to a nice flush of some fall species of mushrooms in July, including a whole lot of chanterelles! I hope you were among the lucky ones to find some. If not, they and all your other favourites should be back later this month, with any luck!

So it’s almost time to think about wild mushrooms again! If you’ve read any books or taken any courses on identifying mushrooms, you’ve probably heard that although we typically think of a mushroom as something that has a cap, stem and gills, they actually come in many different shapes and forms (see May’s mushroom of the month, the Morel, for a good example). In fact, there are so many different kinds of them, that the “regular” gilled mushrooms are the hardest to identify. It is suggested that beginners learn some of the non-gilled mushrooms first. But if you do want to learn the gilled mushrooms, you’ll need help. There are two pieces of information you will almost always need to get – the spore print colour and the way the gills attach to the stem.

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