Ben Woo All Sound Foray


Cortanarius smithii, there were at least two species of dye costs found the other being the more orange gilled Cortanarius cinnamomeus grp.  There were so many corts found though that you wonder if some other species didn’t make it to the ID table.

by Brady Raymond

photos by Brady Raymond except as noted

The Ben Woo All Sound Foray was a smashing success.  Not only did we luck out on the weather there just happened to be mushrooms everywhere.  Once turning off highway 410 onto the forest service road our eyes were greeted by mushrooms and lots of them.  There were clumps, clusters and collections all waiting to be picked by eager foray attendees trickling their way in throughout the afternoon.

Erin and I arrived a few hours early, we had some things to get around before the dye workshop she was teaching the following day.  We checked in at the registration table and to our surprise there had already been found a few Matsutake and some Cortanarius species that Erin would be able to use in her workshop.  We were very pleased by what we saw and that giddiness that all of us mushroom hunters know started to set in.

We couldn’t unload the car fast enough, I had never found a Matsutake and I figured my chances were high, especially since we had arrived early, before any competition.  We decided to check out the “Longhouse” this building would be home base for specimen ID, the cultivation workshop as well as the dye workshop.  The Longhouse was about a five minute walk from our quarters but what could have been walked in five minutes turned into a forty-five minute mushroom extravaganza.

Erin quickly spotted some dye corts then I spotted a few more, and on and on.  Erin spotted a Boletus mirabilis, then it was my turn, then another and another.  I have never seen so many of these Boletes so close and all in one day.  “This should be a fun weekend” I cried and with a bit of a childlike chuckle, “Yeah” Erin responded “Very fun.”


Buck Creek provided us a beautiful backdrop for the weekend.  There are a few mushrooms visible in this picture.  Can you spot them?


Photos by Paul Hill, just some of the specimens waiting for ID (top).  Just a few of the seemingly endless Gypsy’s that were found.

Around a hundred attendees made up our foray and I doubt anyone left disappointed.  Danny Miller handled most of the ID work and could be found in the Longhouse or roaming around the camp, always with some interesting mushroom in hand.  I spoke with him at the end of the outing and in a few short days 226 species were collected give or take a few, many of those were found right in the camp.  Danny provided a list that I will attach at the end of this article for those of you interested in what was found.

The first Evening Danny gave a lecture and afterwards foray attendees enjoyed a mushroom movie complete with truffle buttered popcorn.  The evening concluded with a bit socializing and  most folks generally had themselves a good time.  For Danny though, his evening was spent eyes glued to a microscope, looking at spores and and other microscopic oddities of fungi.  A good time I’m sure but with a bit of a learning curve for those of us unfamiliar with that scale of existence.


Boletus mirabilis, although I hear it’s going by Aureoboletus mirabilis these days, either way these are a real treat to find and this year they were everywhere.

The next day a number of smaller forays were scheduled off camp.  Folks had some luck finding a variety of things but in my opinion mushroom diversity was the best at camp.  Aside from the diversity of fungi the forest itself was picturesque, everything was draped in moss and the beautiful Buck Creek babbled all the while (pictured above) a soothing natural soundtrack for the weekend along with all the other sounds the forest provides.

After arriving back at camp lunch was served and workshops followed.  Dyeing, cultivating and cooking where all offered and all were well attended.  I however, began my search around camp gathering dye corts for Erin.  It was easy picking for the most part however, responsibilities of being a new father put a cramp in my mushrooming style.  The price paid now will hopefully yield good dividends in a few years when our daughter gets the mushrooming bug.  An extra set of eyes that much closer to the ground does seem promising.

I had yet to find my first Matsutake and feared it wasn’t meant to be.  So I kept on picking corts and taking a few photos along the way.  Then I saw one.  “Could it be or is it just another moss covered Russula?”  I reached down and grabbed it, only to have a handful of Matsutake mush.  I shook my fist and before I could curse the mushroom gods I noticed another only a foot away.  A small but perfect specimen and of course excitement overtook my better judgement and I picked it before I even thought to snap a picture.  Either way it was all mine.


Hypholoma fasiculare, this common species is found on rotting wood.  Although  common, it is always fun to see fruiting in large numbers.

A number of people found Matsutake, some large, some small and most seemed to be in good enough shape for the table.  And wouldn’t you know I didn’t get photo of any of them.  I assume that most of the readers here know what Matsutake look like but if you’re unfamiliar make sure to read up on them and seek an experts identification as they look similar too and grow in the same places where some pretty nasty and possibly deadly Amanitas dwell.

The second night there were lectures by Daniel Winkler and Jonathan Frank followed by some socializing, snacks and an early bedtime for many.  Trudging around the woods  all day can be tiring, plus we all had to be fresh the next morning for our last chance at finding a few more species to add to the ID table.

Overall it was a fantastic weekend and a fitting way to honor the late Ben Woo.  Many species of Russula were found, which for those who don’t know Were Mr. Woo’s mycological focus.  His meticulous notes and cataloguing of specimes for the herbarium have been and continue to be of great importance to the understanding of the genus, particularly in the northwest.


Photo by Paul Hill, Danny Miller hard at work

A huge and special thanks to James Nowak for chairing this foray. Without his hard work none of this would have been possible. Also, thanks to everyone who volunteered and everyone who attended.  It should be noted that all of the Black Diamond staff were wonderful, they were most accommodating and always had smiles on their faces.

This foray was so much fun I hope we can do it again.  If we do, I hope to see you there.


Ben Woo All Sound Foray Species List Oct. 21-23 2016

Agaricus purpurellus
Albatrellus dispansus
Albatrellus flettii
Albatrellus ovinus grp
Alloclavaria purpurea
Amanita augusta
Amanita constricta
Amanita muscaria
Amanita porphyria
Amanita silvicola
Ampulloclitocybe clavipes
Armillaria solidipes
Armillaria sp.
Atheniella adonis
Atheniella aurantiidisca
Atheniella flavoalba
Boletus edulis
Boletus fibrillosus
Boletus mirabilis
Bondarzewia occidentalis
Calocera cornea
Cantharellus formosus
Chalciporus piperatus
Chlorophyllum olivieri
Chroogomphus tomentosus
Chrysomphalina aurantiaca
Clavaria vermicularis
Clavariadelphus ligula grp.
Clavulina cristata
Clavulina rugosa
Clavulinopsis laeticolor
Climacocystis borealis/Oligoporus ptychogaster
Clitocybe deceptiva
Clitocybe dilatata
Clitocybe trulliformis
Clitopilus prunulus
Coltricia perennis grp
Coprinellus micaceus
Coprinopsis lagopus
Cortinarius alboglobosus
Cortinarius alboviolaceus
Cortinarius anomalus grp
Cortinarius caperatus
Cortinarius cinnamomeus grp
Cortinarius clandestinus
Cortinarius croceus grp
Cortinarius glaucopus grp
Cortinarius montanus grp
Cortinarius mucosus
Cortinarius obtusus grp
Cortinarius occidentalis
Cortinarius ominosus
Cortinarius seidliae
Cortinarius smithii
Cortinarius suberi
Cortinarius subfoetidus
Cortinarius subpurpureus grp
Cortinarius traganus
Cortinarius vibratilis grp
Cortinarius violaceus
Craterellus tubaeformis
Crepidotus sp.
Crucibulum laeve
Cuphophyllus pratensis
Cystoderma amianthinum
Cystoderma fallax
Dacrymyces chrysospermus
Dacrymyces stillatus
Entoloma’ medianox
Entoloma rhodopolium grp
Fomitopsis cajanderi
Fomitopsis pinicola
Galerina clavata/vittiformis
Galerina sp.
Geastrum sp.
Gomphidius subroseus
Gomphus clavatus
Guepinia helvelloides
Gymnopilus punctifolius
Gymnopus acervatus
Gyromitra infula
Hebeloma incarnatulum
Hebeloma sacchariolens grp
Helvella lactea
Helvella vespertina
Hemimycena delectabilis
Hericium abietis
Heterotextus alpinus grp
Hydnellum aurantiacum
Hydnellum regium
Hydnum repandum
Hydnum umbilicatum
Hygrocybe conica
Hygrocybe laeta
Hygrocybe miniata
Hygrocybe psittacina
Hygrophoropsis pallida
Hygrophorus agathosmus
Hygrophorus bakerensis
Hygrophorus camarophyllus
Hygrophorus capreolarius
Hygrophorus chrysodon
Hygrophorus piceae/eburneus/Cuphophyllus virgineus
Hygrophorus subalpinus
Hypholoma capnoides
Hypholoma dispersum
Hypholoma fasciculare
Hypomyces lactifluorum
Hypomyces lateritium
Hypomyces luteovirens
Inocybe albodisca
Inocybe assimilata
Inocybe geophylla
Inocybe hirsuta
Inocybe lanuginosa
Inocybe lilacea
Inocybe sindonia
Inocybe spp.
Jahnoporus hirtus
Laccaria amethystio-occidentalis
Laccaria bicolor
Lactarius atrobadius
Lactarius deliciosus grp
Lactarius kaufmanii
Lactarius luculentus
Lactarius pallescens
Lactarius pseudomucidus
Lactarius rubrilacteus
Lactarius scrobiculatus
Laetiporus conifericola
Leccinum aurantiacum grp
Lentaria sp.
Lepiota castanea
Lepiota magnispora
Lepista nuda
Leptonia gracilipes grp
Leucocybe candicans grp
Lycoperdon pyriforme
Lyophyllum decastes
Lyophyllum semitale grp
Melanoleuca cognata
Mucronella sp.
Mycena epipterygia
Mycena galericulata
Mycena haematopus
Mycena maculata
Mycena pura
Mycena sp.
Mycena sp.
Mycetinis salalis
Myxomphalia maura
Neolecta vitellinus
Nidula candida
Nolanea spp.
Nudula niveotomentosa
Otidea alutacea
Phaeolus schwinitzii
Phellinus pini
Phellodon tomentosus
Pholiota astragalina
Pholiota decorata
Pholiota flammans
Pholiota lenta
Pholiota scamba
Pholiota spumosa
Phylloporus arenicola
Pleurocybella porrigens
Polyporus badius
Psathyrella longistriata
Psathyrella spp.
Pseudohydnum gelatinosum
Pseudolaccaria pachyphylla
Pycnoporellus fulgens
Ramaria botrytis grp.
Ramaria spp.
Rhizopogon sp.
Rhodocollybia butyracea grp
Russula adusta
Russula benwooii
Russula brevipes
Russula cascadensis
Russula emetica
Russula fragilis grp
Russula montana
Russula mordax
Russula pelargonia grp
Russula rosacea grp
Russula turci grp
Russula vinososordida
Russula xerampelina
Russula zelleri grp
Sarcodon fuscoindicus
Sarcomyxa serotinus
Scleroderma cepa
Sparassis crispa
Spathularia flavida
Sphaeronaemella helvellae
Stereum hirsutum/complicatum
Strobilurus sp.
Stropharia ambigua
Suillus brevipes
Suillus caerulescens
Suillus lakei
Tapinella atrotomentosa
Thelephora caryophyllea
Trametes versicolor
Trichaptum abietinum
Tricholoma atrosquamosum
Tricholoma caligatum
Tricholoma equestre
Tricholoma focale
Tricholoma inamoenum
Tricholoma magnivelare
Tricholoma nigrum
Tricholoma pardinum
Tricholoma pessundatum
Tricholoma scalpturatum/luteomaculosum
Tricholoma sejunctum
Tricholoma vaccinium
Tricholomopsis decora
Tricholomopsis rutilans
Turbinellus floccosus
Tyromyces chioneus
Xerocomellus zelleri grp
Xeromphalina campanella
Xylaria hypoxylon

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