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  1. After several years with poor burn morel harvests, this year has had the right combination of many forest fires last year and ample rainfall this spring. The first burn that I went to was OK but not greatly productive, but the next burn I tried, at a higher elevation, produced 42 liters of fine morels on the first trip and about 50 liters of mostly larger morels this past week. The photo below shows 6 liter bucket number 8 after I had just filled it before finding the pictured group, which contained about 20 morels. This was only about 50 yards from where I had parked the car, and I picked another couple of liters in a small area. Quite a few years ago, there was another burn nearby that produced morels into September.
  2. It's certainly not a White Chanterelle, but I'm not familiar with the wood-inhabiting mushrooms east of the Rockies.
  3. I don't think that these are truffles; I haven't seen any truffle images showing any signs of clustering. These look more like very immature Amanitas or puffballs, but someone else might have a better idea. Was any part of these, like the brown colored areas, exposed above ground?
  4. I haven't tried the Lower Mainland,yet; but the earliest ones should be up already, according to my calculations. I found about 70 morels last weekend, mostly in a burn outside of the Lower Mainland. Unfortunately, many of the burn morels were tiny, probably due to a lack of rain in the area. In my experience, the Lower Mainland has very few locations with "natural" morels showing up almost every year; there's a lot more action farther inland where it's drier, unfortunately often too dry, especially in recent years.
  5. These are likely to be Shiitake mushrooms, which are the most popular mushroom in China and are frequently grown in greenhouses.
  6. This looks like one of the small Lepiotas, but we need to see the whole stem, the bottom of the cap, and possibly a spore print to be more certain.
  7. This looks like it might be some kind of post-mature stinkhorn that has split open, but I couldn't find an obvious one in Google Images.
  8. Irina, I've recently read about the Appalacian Truffle, Tuber canaliculatum, which is found as far north as Quebec. It is supposed to be tasty (aromatic), and tree seedlings inoculated with its mychorrizae are supposedly available. Just google the scientific name to get more details.
  9. Welcome, Ming. Most of the members of this forum are from eastern North America and will be able to help with your fungal education. You've made a good start by joining mushroom clubs.
  10. Ganoderma, not Cordyceps
  11. It's certainly possible, especially for landscape morels, which can occur in any month of the year.
  12. It looks like the Matsutakes that I find; the smell is key. Also, it should have a very hard stem, if not riddled with wormholes.
  13. T. Matsutake would not smell like a Bolete. There are related species that lack that Matsutake odor.
  14. Since the spores are white, it might be fallen spores. Check if the white film wipes off easily.
  15. Beavers eat tree bark, and these logs were an ideal size to drag to the water and store for winter.
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