Foray Reports

Foray Reports

11/13/2021 Wynoochee Lake

Foray Coordinator - Regina Johnson

Six people assembled at the picnic area at Wynoochee Lake in a break between Pineapple Expresses on Saturday Nov 13. The weather behaved as forecast, with no rain all morning, and warm temperatures. The area was quiet, few people wanting to trust the forecast. But, the mushrooms all seem to be taking the year off after a brutal summer. Despite what must have been a couple of feet of rain since the drought broke in October, few mushrooms were evident. Lots of Admirable Boletes and even a couple of Zeller’s were the most common, along with Black-footed Polypores and what are most likely Sulfur Tufts, and lots of things too rain-worn to identify. Notable by their absence were the expected edibles: chanterelles, lobsters, hedgehogs. One rain-worn Sparassis was found, a handful of worn chanterelles, debris from numerous chicken of the woods, and a stump from a harvested lobster, were all that was found in the way of edibles. Notable was a clump of giant bird’s-nest fungus, Cyathus olla, a first for everyone in the group. A reasonably fresh Western Grisette and a very worn Wooly Chanterelle were educational. One very waterlogged Bondarzewia occidentalis, from the FunDIS Rare 10 challenge, was found but not collected as it was too far gone to make a decent specimen. The Rare 10 Challenge determined that this species is not rare after all, just seriously undercollected, so that was useful information to get from community science.


Species list


  • Amanita pachycolea

  • Aureoboletus mirabilis

  • Bondarzewia occidentalis

  • Cantharellus formosus

  • Cyathus olla giant birds nest

  • Dacrymyces chrysospermus

  • Fomitopsis mounceae and ochracea

  • Ganoderma oregonense

  • Heterobasidion occidentale

  • Hypholoma fasciculare

  • Laetiporus conifericola

  • Picipes badius

  • Russula brevipes

  • Russula spp.

  • Sparassis radicata

  • Stropharia ambigua

  • Trichaptum abietinum

  • Turbinella sp.

  • Various lavender Cortinarius

  • Xerocomellus zelleri


And lots of stuff too rain-worn to identify.

11/13/2021 Pack Forest, Ashford, WA

Foray Coordinators - Rose Tursi, Rachel Friedman

On November 13 approximately 15 folks joined Rose Tursi and Rachel Friedman (with support from Eric and Jen Chandler) for a foray at Pack Forest near Ashford WA. The weather for the morning was blessedly dry. While no chanterelles or other edibles were found, the group was active in finding a large variety of fungi. We had attendees from the Olympia area, Gig Harbor and even San Francisco. We had one family with a 3 1/2 year old who stole the show with his love and knowledge of fungi. There were rank beginners and others who knew a bit about mushroom identification. Everyone seemed to have a great time and were very appreciative. Rose did a great job identifying fungi and telling great stories and providing useful information.


Species list


  • Armillaria sp

  • Auriscalpium vulgare

  • Calocera cornea

  • Chlorophyllum olivieri

  • Chrysomphalina aurantiaca (??)

  • Clitocybe (Ampulloclitocybe) clavipes

  • Clitocybe sp

  • Collybia cirrhata

  • Coprinellus micaceus

  • Cortinarius obtusus(??)

  • Crepidotus crocophyllus

  • Crepidotus epibryus

  • Dacrymyces chrysospermus

  • Entoloma nitidum

  • Gomphidius oregonensis

  • Helvella vespertina

  • Hypholoma fasciculare

  • Inocybe geophylla group

  • Inocybe lilacina

  • Lactarius luculentus

  • Marasmiellus candidus

  • Mycena sp -several

  • Nidula candida

  • Phaeolus schweinitzii

  • Polyporus badius(or whatever it's called now)

  • Pseudohydnum gelatinosum

  • Ramaria acrisiccescens

  • Russula sp (brown)

  • Russula sp (dark red)

  • Strobilurus trullisatus

  • Stropharia ambigua

  • Suillus caerulescens

  • Xerocomellus sp

  • Xeromphalina campanella

  • Xylaria hypoxylon

10/17/2021 Cowlitz Divide Trail, Mt Rainier National Park, Lewis County

Foray Coordinator - Eric Chandler

Originally there were supposed to be 18-20 people attending, but when the date & location changed, only Alex & Kim decided to go. The initial date, 10 OCT 2021, was changed due to expected high-winds on that day, and the original foray location, Ranger Creek Campground, was changed after a scouting foray on 12 OCT found very-few fungal specimens available.

The alternative location was chosen because Jason Chandler had been to the Cowlitz Divide Trail the previous weekend and had indicated many fungal species were present, including edibles.

The trail is an uphill walk the entire distance travelled, but did not become steep until we had travelled about a mile. The ecology is temperate forest with many old-growth conifers, vine maples, blue-berry & red huckleberry bushes, thick moss, downed trees in various states of decomposition, and considerable tree-branch litter. Two streams run through the area: Fall Creek (dry) and an un-named creek that has a large log as a bridge. That creek had running water in it. Both creeks eventually feed into the Ohanapecosh River.

We found many fungal specimens close to the trail. Even so, all four of us spent considerable time exploring the woods off trail.

The most-prolific species in this area were Ramaria of various kinds which the Hong’s gathered for future meals. A large Hydnum repandum was found by Kim, along with a few Cantharellus californicus, as well as a Pluteus cervinus. Another prolific species was Turbinellus floccosus.


Interesting Specimens found:

Armallaria oystoyae

Cortinarius amillatus

Connopus acervatus

We also saw, but did not gather other Armallaria, Cortinarius, Tricholoma, a Tapinella atrotomentosa, and some very-small Clavaria falcata, Fairy Clubs.


It was a good trip considering the dearth of fungi in other areas. I do believe that if we had waited another week or so there would have been even more specimens at this location because the ecology appeared to be able to support a prolific variety and numbers of fungi.

The only disadvantage of this location is the need to have a National Park Pass in order to get to it….$30. I believe this was a prime reason for so many people to drop off the list.


10/16/2021 Coastal Boletes

Foray Coordinator - Regina Johnson

16 adults registered for this foray, along with 4 kids and 3 dogs. Being in a state park the dogs had to stay on leash. The weather was perfect for mushroom hunting, despite a rather fierce forecast of rain and wind. The beach itself was very windy but in the trees where we were? perfectly calm, and no rain. Everyone found boletes and learned how to distinguish the true king bolete from all the different Suillus present. The boletes were not numerous but they were big, and in good condition, and there were enough for everyone to feel good about what they found. Two of the (small) kids found boletes as big as their heads.

Species List

  • Amanita muscaria, the fly agaric

  • Aureoboletus mirabilis, Admirable bolete

  • Boletus edulis, King bolete

  • Butyriboletus sp. bitter boletes

  • Cantharellus formosus, golden chanterelle

  • Chroogomphus spp., pine spikes

  • Clitopilus prunulus, the little funny-shaped white ones

  • Hydnellum subsuccosum, a toothed fungus

  • Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca group, one of a complex of false chanterelle species

  • Lactarius deliciosus, milk cap

  • Phellodon melaleucus, another tooth fungus

  • Porodaedalea gilbertsonii, the red ring rot conk

  • Postia ptychogaster, powder puff polypore

  • Russula brevipes, short stemmed russula

  • Russula emetica, the red cap/white stem russula

  • Russula spp. other various russulas

  • Russula xerampelina, shrimp russula

  • Scleroderma sp., the large puffball aka earthball

  • Suillus brevipes, short stemmed slippery jack, with the dark brown cap

  • Suillus pseudobrevipes, not so dark as above

  • Suillus tomentosus, the common yellow slippery jack

10/9/2021 Brown Creek Foray Report

Foray Coordinator - Regina Johnson

Saturday Oct 9 at Brown Creek in the Olympic National Forest saw 9 adults, 4 children and 2 dogs meet to hunt for chanterelles. The day was misty and cool but not actually raining, not windy, not cold, just perfect for mushroom hunting. Unfortunately the mushrooms weren't interested in participating just yet. We went up the road to one of our usual areas, but it has been heavily thinned this past summer and there were no mushrooms of any kind. It was, however, much easier to see people and keep track of the group. After a bit of that we got tired of it and moved to a completely different spot across the river and a little bit higher elevation. Here there were a few mushrooms, but still no chanterelles. By lunch time adults were getting tired and children cranky, so everyone went home. We did find a few shrimp russulas, a couple of waterlogged wooly chanterelles, a red-tipped ramaria and an old varnished conk. Reports for the same day from a separate group that went to the trailhead area were the same - lots of people looking, but no mushrooms. Lauren and Luca came late and found some interesting mushrooms along the beaver pond trail, but this is not chanterelle habitat. Still it was a fine day to be in the woods, and good company, and the children and dogs had a good time.

9/25/2021 Wynoochee Foray Report

Foray Coordinator - Regina Johnson

Chief Mycologist - Lauren Re

38 people attended, 3 of them new members that signed up that morning, and at least one who had signed up at the in-person meeting on Tuesday. Two were little boys who found a lot of mushrooms (but no chanterelles). Steve Ferguson managed to provide sample chanterelles, false chanterelles, and a lobster for attendees to look at before setting out. Most people were fairly self-sufficient but it was good they got to look at the samples first.

Weather was perfect, warm enough and sunny. The brush was not wet, which is not a good thing for mushroom hunting. There were few mushrooms out. One group did find a cluster of lobsters and chanterelles but most people only found one or two, or none. Steve Ness led a FunDIS group and came back happy. Jack Johnson made a species list. Despite the lack of mushrooms of any kind, everyone seemed happy with a day in the woods in what might be the last nice dry warm day of the year. Wynoochee will probably have good pickings in a couple of weeks.

Species List

Fungi

  • Amanita muscaria

  • Armillaria oystoyae

  • Atheniella aurantiidisca

  • Aureoboletus mirabilis

  • Boletus edulis

  • Caloboletus conifericola

  • Cantharellus roseocanus

  • Chalciporus piperatoides

  • Chalciporus piperatus

  • Chondrostereum pupureum

  • Chroogomphus tomentosus

  • Clavaria flavipes

  • Clitocybe "Grey Group"

  • Coltricia perennis

  • Cortinarius purpurescens group

  • Craterellus tubaeformis

  • Dacrymyces sp.

  • Deconica montana

  • Fomitopsis mounceae

  • Fomitopsis ochracea

  • Ganoderma applanatum

  • Ganoderma oregonense

  • Gomphidius smithii

  • Hemimycena sp.

  • Heterobasidion occidentale

  • Hydnellum aurantiaca group

  • Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca group

  • Hypholoma fasciculare

  • Hypomyces lactifluorum

  • Inocybe spp.

  • Laccaria laccata

  • Lactarius deliciosus group

  • Lactarius olympianus

  • Lactarius sp.

  • Laetiporus conifericola

  • Leptonia serrulata group

  • Mycena strobilinoides

  • Nidula candida

  • Nolanea spp.

  • Phaeolus schweintzii

  • Pholiota flammans

  • Pholiota limonella

  • Pleurocybella porrigens

  • Ramaria acrisiccescens

  • Ramaria cystidiophora var. citronella

  • Ramaria spp.

  • Ramaria stuntzii

  • Roridomyces roridus

  • Russula spp.

  • Russula urens

  • Sarcodon imbricatus

  • Strobilurus truillsatus

  • Tapinella atrotomentosa

  • Turbinellus floccosus

  • Turbinellus kaufmanii

  • Xerocomellus chrysenteron

  • Pholiota malicola group.

  • Lachnelulla sp.

Notable (or noted) Lichens

  • Cladonia pyxidata group

  • Lobaria oregana

  • Pilophorus clavatus

  • Peltigera apthosa

Myxomycetes (Slime Molds)

  • Trichia decipiens

  • Lycogala epidendrum

  • Pholiota malicola group.

  • Lachnelulla sp.