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  1. Same here in North West Ontario. Two years of drought followed by rain ++ starting mid August last year. Lots of rain last fall. Huge snow depth last winter. Lots of rain this spring and summer. But: zero Morels this spring. Huge numbers of Chanterelles mid summer. Almost no boletes of any species all summer and fall. No saffron milk caps, no shaggy manes. Weird. Hoping for Blewits and Hedgehogs soon
  2. Give us an update please. I'm interested to know if your rain after drought had any effect on mushrooms
  3. Lots of experience with the wood chipper on my property. But the dominant species that I chip are aspen with a bit of birch, red maple and basswood and about 10% Balsam Fir. Filling low spots in trails with these chips. Wine caps definitely grow. Also Deer Mushroom, Lobster mushroom and occasionally porcini grow from these chips. Lots of other toxic looking LBM's show up within 1-2 years. Spruce or fir dominant piles never seem to grow anything desirable. I suspect white pine will be the same. The only pine associated mushrooms that I find are mycorrhizal with living trees: Suillus americanus (white pine)and Suillus luteus (Mugo Pine) Suillus brevipes (Jack Pine)
  4. We had drought in North West Ontario last year. There were zero Chanterelles and other mid summer mushrooms. It started to rain in mid August. There was massive numbers of Boletes and Lobster mushrooms that sprung up within two weeks and continued until frosts. It was wild. Many people said they had never seem so many mushrooms before. Daily harvests of 10-15 pounds dominated by King Boletes was common. Maybe, hopefully, you will experience what we did last year.
  5. Thanks Dave. The white warty spots brush off easily from these mushrooms. I remain a bit confused by the idea of partial veil remnants ending up on the cap.
  6. I think these must be Wine Cap, S. rugosannulata except I have never seen them with spots on the caps. Is this a variant that is normal?
  7. I agree with Kevin and trout. A picture ID App can get you close to identification. From there, you should use some good books like Audubon and on-line like MushroomExpert. Too much danger to rely on only a Photo ID App
  8. I have found plenty of pieces of Amanita muscaria in the crops of Ruffed Grouse. I ate all those grouse making the assumption that the amount of toxins would be so diluted or metabolised that I would be OK. And I am.
  9. ID of a tree by bark alone is difficult. In my part of the world, Red Pine has bark that can fissure and the peel into pieces like shown in the pictures. But it is distinctively Reddish-Brown. Our Red Maples exist at the northern limit of their natural range. "Middle aged" Red Maples in northwest Ontario can have fissured peeling bark like shown and usually grey like in the pic. On the other hand, those mushrooms look like true Oysters. Angel wings are usually so thin that light shines through easily
  10. If I found that on my property just north of the the Ontario/Minnesota border, I would call it a Birch or Grey Leccinum. I get lots of them from late July until early September. Tasty when fried. I'm guessing from the red/white check, Italian table cloth, that you ate this one? As always, it is your decision to eat--or not--any species of mushroom.
  11. Those look choice. No bugs and prefect "ripeness". Growing on Aspen is significant for identifying Pleurotus pulmonarius or populinus. I would eat them without hesitation. Stir fry, risotto........
  12. Three areas on my property previously produced decent numbers of Black Morels. But this year there were none. Last big harvest was four years ago. Then we got caught up in the western drought. Very dry two years ago. Extreme drought last year. Then it started raining end of August, last year. And it kept raining all fall. Huge snow falls this winter. Heavy rains this spring. So I had high hopes that with lots of ground moisture, that the Morels would do well. Even in the drought years I found a few. I assume that severe drought last summer was too much and maybe morel mycelium died off or was so stressed that there has not been enough time for recovery to make mushrooms. Any similar experiences? Predictions for future years?
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