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  1. This is probably Fuligo septica, which goes by several common names; Dog Vomit Slime Mold is my favorite.
  2. Also need to know if the underside of the cap is covered with pores or teeth.
  3. Whisperer, the mushroom that you referred to as a blonde looks like a young yellow morel to me. The Western Blonde Morel, M. tridentina (or M. frustrata), has vertical ridges similar to black morels, which are closely related. The photo shows ridges more typical of the yellow morel group. It also seems to show the typical grey color of young yellows. Here is a photo comparing a blonde (on the left) with a yellow morel that I found several years ago.
  4. Horse Mushrooms are normally pretty large and typically have a "cogwheeled" ring; so your specimen is likely to be the Meadow Mushroom, especially if it smells like store-bought button mushrooms. Both of those mushrooms appreciate horse manure in their habitat.
  5. You should be getting morels already in Washington, if you look at low elevation sites. I found about 30 young to slightly over mature Black Morels today in some of my low elevation locations in southwestern British Columbia.
  6. Dave, are those half-frees in the lower left compartment? They look bigger than the half-frees that I've found near the west coast.
  7. I thought that elms were wiped out in the eastern states by Dutch Elm Disease years ago. Are there any sizable trees left?
  8. Nice haul. I wish that they grew in the Pacific Northwest. Last year, I planted a bulb of the British variety of Ramps, Allium ursinum; and it is about to bloom. I hope to multiply this single plant into a clump that I can harvest in a few years. But it would be nicer if I could collect it in the wild.
  9. One possibility is that they are some kind of Inky Cap, based on the darkening around the edges of some of the caps. The black material to the upper left also might be old, rotten specimens. If they are Inky Caps, the caps will start to turn into dark, runny fluid in a few days. More detail would certainly be helpful.
  10. When I first started mushrooming in BC back in the 1970s, Verpa bohemica was described as edible in all of the mushroom books. I collected quite a few at first because they were fairly abundant, and true morels were scarce. My wife and I ate them and did not notice any ill effects; however, they didn't have much flavor. We stopped eating them because chanterelles were quite abundant and much better tasting and because, years later, I started reading reports about Verpas' being poisonous. After I started finding morels I realized that true morels are much better tasting than Verpas; and there was no reason to pick Verpas even if they were edible. More recently, I tasted Verpa conica out of curiosity and found it to be pretty tasteless as well. Since personal opinions of taste vary so much, others may disagree; but I don't think that Verpas are worth picking.
  11. The Verpas precede Black Morels by a week or two; so you should be seeing true morels soon. Everything is late this year in the Pacific Northwest. I found my first blacks on April 7 last year, but it looks like they won't show here in British Columbia until late April this year.
  12. It reminded me of the bark of Oregon Ash, which, of course, doesn't grow anywhere near Long Island. However, a quick check in my "Native Trees of Canada" book, showed that it also looks a lot like the bark of White Ash, which presumably does grow around Long Island.
  13. Oops, I missed the white spore print, which narrows the search down a bit. The closest thing that I could find is Leucopaxillus albissimus, described in the California Fungi Website at: . I'm sure that there are other possibilities.
  14. It looks like Hericium abietis, one of the Lion's Mane mushrooms that occurs in California. It should be safe to eat, but always sample a small amount at first in case you are allergic to it.
  15. I presume that you meant 180 mm across the cap, or else the mushroom in your hand is not the same one. We will probably need a spore print to identify it, possibly taste and odor, too. Oops, I see that Dave W has responded while I was composing my response.