South Sound Mushroom Club
It's Morel Season!
The South Sound Mushroom Club is dedicated to the finding, identification, and eating of mushrooms. Our primary events are monthly meetings, forays (mushroom hunts) during mushroom seasons, weekend getaways, and participation in local mushroom-related events. You may join the club by paying annual membership dues at a club meeting, foray, or on our Join/renew SSMC page. Please see the Join/renew SSMC page for more information.
Regina and Fomitopsis ochracea, photo by Steve Ness
Next SSMC Meeting
April19, 2022 - Hybrid Meeting - doors open 6:45, meeting at 7:00pm
Tree Identification with Regina Johnson
Look through any decent mushroom field guide, and you’ll see things such as “found with hemlocks” or “found under oak” or “look in cottonwood groves” or “under conifers especially Grand Fir and Sitka Spruce”. Do you know what any of this means? Or maybe you’re trying to identify a mushroom and the two best choices you can find differ mainly in what kind of tree they’re associated with – one’s always with hemlock while the other is usually with Douglas-fir. What do you do with that? Knowing the local trees is a critical skill in serious mushroom hunting and identification! And with only a couple dozen species of native trees in Washington, it’s feasible to learn them all. But most of them are conifers! Which all look like pine trees to most people. Not to worry! Regina will show you what characteristics the tree field guides use, so you can learn to identify our trees. You should be able to identify the most common species, and be able to look up any others with confidence, after this presentation, which will include physical samples for those attending in person, along with notes on some common mushrooms associated with the different trees, and the different kinds of tree/fungal relationships.
This will be a HYBRID meeting. We will be in person -- masks will be optional -- and on zoom. Sadly, food and drink are not permitted!!! But we will have our wonderful merchandise. Also, feel free to bring in any mushrooms that you have been finding.
We will meet at Capital Vision Church --- 1775 Yew Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98506 (there is plenty of parking and it is free)