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    Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    Hiking, skiing, gardening, canoeing, fishing, crabbing

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  1. What are these?

    They look like members of the Cortinarius genus, but I don't have a clue about the species.
  2. Question on boletus edulis

    If you can pick them at the white pore stage, they will be a lot firmer and less likely to be wormy. At the yellow pore stage they are only fit for drying, and they need to have the pores removed.
  3. Mushroom ID

    L. leucothites usually grows in grass. Were your mushrooms found in that habitat?
  4. Puffball question

    A cross section of an Amanita button will show an internal outline of the cap and stem, unlike the inside of a puffball, which is basically homogeneous.
  5. Short wide mushroom in TN

    By the way, Bcherry, you won't get a spore print by pressing gills on paper. You have to leave the mushroom, gills down, for several hours on top of the paper to allow a sufficient number of spores to be released to see the spore print.
  6. Reishi: ganoderma oregonense or tsugae

    The general consensus is that G. tsugae doesn't occur in the Pacific Northwest. I use Matchmaker - Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest (http://s158336089.onlinehome.us/Ian/) to check if a particular mushroom occurs here, and G. tsugae is not listed. Of course, no current list is totally accurate.
  7. Chanterelles

    In 45 years of collecting Chanterelles on the west coast, I only came upon one specimen that was wormy. And that specimen was either right next to or touching a wormy Russula.
  8. Hedgehog mushroom?

    Yep, Hydnum repandum.
  9. Washington State

    Welcome to the forums; we can always use more participation from west of the Rockies. I trust that you are still in the same drought that we are experiencing in southwestern BC. However, I finally see some showers in the forecast.
  10. Chanterelle?

    No, it looks like a Lactarius, but it needs to be cut to check for the presence and color of any milk and staining reactions. Also, a better picture of the bottom, showing how the gills are attached to the stem would help.
  11. Corts?

    I think that Matt was referring to Cortinarius alboviolaceus, which does have a light colored cap and stem; only the gills are darker. That looks like a good match; but according to Michael Kuo in MushroomExpert.com, this species has a preference for birch trees. Were there any near this find?
  12. Welcome to the forums, Heatmiser. As mentioned by CajunShroomer, your mushroom looks like a Milky Cap (Lactarius). It will be difficult to identify without some more info. If it lactates, the color of the milk is important, along with color changes with time. A taste test (spit it out) would also help. By the way, it would be best to start a new topic when introducing something that is not relevant to an existing discussion. Just click the "Start New Topic" button at the upper right of the forum index page.
  13. Mushroom Log

    If you are comfortable with using a computer, you could keep your log in a computer file, which would make information easier to find. I have quite a few computer files related to mushrooms, but my approach to mushroom information is probably somewhat extreme. The two main files that get the most use are general mushroom notes and a log of all mushroom finds for species of particular interest. The notes record general information about all of the edible species that I pick, as well as a few others that are interesting. This is information that was obtained from observation, books, conversations, the Web, etc.; it's anything that seems to be worth saving for future reference. The information is organized by species. The log is a spreadsheet file containing all mushroom finds for the species that I have the most interest in and are not easy to find. For example, morel finds have the most data because they are scarce where I live; but there is very little data about Chanterelles because they are abundant around here. The log is organized by species and GPS waypoint and contains the find date, quantity of mushrooms, and comments about each find (such as condition of mushrooms). It also shows the latitude, longitude, and elevation of each location, but that information is not used much because I normally use the GPS unit to go back to the location.
  14. Anyone? Anything?

    Vancouver and Seattle have been dry since mid-June and probably will stay that way until the end of August at least. Summer is normally time to pursue other outdoor activities in this region.
  15. Craterellus

    It certainly looks like what we call C. tubaeformis here on the West Coast. But check MushroomExpert.com for the latest complications in applying that name. It turns out that our local Winter Chanterelle is actually a different, as yet unnamed species.