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  1. Any mushroom growing on a living tree is a sign that the inside of the tree is infested with a substantial amount of fungal mycelium. The branch with the mushroom is doomed to eventually rot inside and fall down. The mycelium is likely to have spread to the main trunk as well. I trust that you do not live in the trailer house beside the tree. It may take several years for the rot to proceed far enough to be dangerous.
  2. A good resource for checking if particular mushroom species occur in the PNW is Mushroom Distributions in the PNW . It shows that both N. lepideus and N. ponderosus occur in WA.
  3. The summer season in the PNW depends entirely on how much rain falls in the area of interest. Where I am, in BC west of the Cascades, it usually rains very little in July and August, resulting in practically no mushrooms during the summer. If it actually rains significantly, then you can expect bumper crops of Boletes, Chanterelles, and lots of other mushrooms. Since we've been getting a fair bit of rain lately, burn morels should still be available in burn areas that are high enough; and they can continue right through the summer with continuing rains. Around here, the first Chanterelles will appear in late June and continue until the rains stop, restarting a couple of weeks after the fall rains begin. If rain continues into July, King and other boletes should appear by the middle of July. Shaggy Parasols usually appear in June if the rain is adequate and then typically are gone during the dry summer months, only to rappear after the fall rains. If you've had enough rain lately, Spring Kings might be available right now. Since you're in WA, most of the mushrooms I mentioned should be available earlier than what's typical up here in BC.
  4. They are probably millipedes, but can't tell for sure. Centipedes have 1 pair of legs per body segment, and millipedes have 2.
  5. To find some locations in Washington state for Spring Kings or any other mushroom, try Google searches. One very useful Website for WA is http://www.psms.org/sporeprints.php . Look through the archived foray reports for late spring and early summer. They may mention Spring Kings, and they usually give you a rough idea of location.
  6. The usual Boletus and Porcini mushrooms usually appear during summer and fall and are quite dependant on rainfall. However, you may be able to find Spring King Boletes soon, if not right now; they usually arrive around the end of the morel season and can get enough moisture from melting snow. I've found the Spring Kings (Boletus rex-veris) just after mid-June in SW BC, and they could be earlier where you are.
  7. I think that it's some kind of gray slime mold but have no idea of the species. It might be easier to identify if/when fruiting structures develop.
  8. I think that Dave W missed the point about excreting a milky substance. These are probably Lactarius mushrooms, but I'm not at all familiar with eastern species.
  9. One thing to note about stem culture (often referred to as stem butt culture) is that it works best with young mushrooms, the younger the better. Also, if you have lots of young stem butts (with soil attached) but don't have the time to propagate the mycelium in cardboard, you can just plant the stem butts in an appropriate environment. This is probably not as successful as the cardboard technique, but it does work some of the time. I've had some success with Shaggy Parasol stem butts. For more information about stem butt culture, including a list of appropriate mushrooms to use, Mycelium Running by Paul Stamets is a good source.
  10. Low elevations and south facing slopes (with sunshine) should yield the earliest morels.
  11. This is very likely the Birch Polypore, Fomitopsis betulina, formerly Piptoporus betulinus, presumably an old specimen, since the pore surface is usually white. Michael Kuo in MushroomExpert.com says that the pore surface ages grayish brown.
  12. If all other conditions are favorable, the earliest morels come up after sufficient degree-days of heat have accumulated. This quantity can be calculated from weather records or can be obtained directly from maps available on the Web. If anyone is interested, please refer to this previous discussion: https://wildmushroomhunting.org/index.php?/topic/326-figuring-out-when-to-look-for-morels/&tab=comments#comment-223972.
  13. That's interesting. The spore print on white looks green on my computer screen. Concept9, what actual color did it seem to you?
  14. It seems a bit too small, but it looks like the green-spored Chlorophyllum molybdites, a poisonous species. It might be smaller than usual because it's growing in a pot, not its usual habitat.
  15. This doesn't look like a Chanterelle. It doesn't have the usual ribbing or false gills, although some Australian Chanterelles are smooth on the bottom of the cap. It's also growing on wood, which is not normal for Chanterelles, which are mycorrhizal. To me it looks like a polypore, but I don't have any idea what genus.
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