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  1. A friend of mine sent me these pics. I'm having trouble finding the usual online tools I've used in the past for IDing mushrooms. These were found in a suburb just south of Atlanta, Georgia. I don't think I've seen anything like these in northern Minnesota. Any ideas to get me started at least?
  2. As @troutddicted said, it should be a honey color on the inside. Its a slightly bright, fresh looking color, like this. Its hard to tell for sure from the photo but I lean toward this not being Chaga. If this is Chaga, I wouldn't ingest it.
  3. I've been throwing them out front for the past 5 years. This fall is the first I've seen any results. Of course, it's after we are about to sell the house. Looks like I'll have to sneak in here at night to harvest these in the future ;-)
  4. Thanks for posting this. A guy I know offered for me to take a few Hen of the Woods from his yard because he said he gets very sick when he eats them. I thought maybe he was mis-identifying Hen of The Woods so I never went over to his place for them. I've never heard of anyone getting sick from them. Since Hens are more dense than other mushrooms, I wonder if they may have been undercooked.... speculating. This is one mushroom that I can't seem to overcook. I like them to be slightly crispy.
  5. Whenever I clean mushrooms or have some that aren't good to eat anymore, I toss them in the front yard. The scraps of shaggy manes are finally showing results!
  6. Welcome to the forums! I hope you're starting to see some mushrooms popping up. You're probably a couple weeks ahead of me.
  7. Welcome to the forums! For requesting help identifying mushrooms, please take a look our post on how to ask for help identifying mushrooms in the section of or forum for identifying mushrooms.
  8. Nice! Its always interesting to see what people are finding across the globe. Looking forward to your posts :-)
  9. Hello Everyone! We're trying something new this year. A silent auction. A member from our community, @CajunShroomer3578, has donated a hand made Native American rain stick that was crafted by his grandfather from Louisiana Cypress. Just for our community, he has also painted a King Bolete on it! To make sure as many people have a chance to bid, the silent auction will run for 45 days (From August 12 at 10am to September 23). Take a look at the auction and photos on this post for more details! Other Ways to Donate If you would like to donate, every donations counts. We have a few easy ways to donate: Credit Card (via PayPal) PayPal Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, or Bitcoin
  10. Shipping from the US to Canada isn't too bad. If @CajunShroomer3578 wanted help with some international shipping, I'd be glad to assist. In case you're not aware, shipments to Canada (and some other countries) require the recipient to pay taxes and duties upon receipt. Since the silent auction winner would be donating to the site, the package should be marked as a gift on the customs paperwork. From what I understand, when an item is marked as a gift, there are no duties, taxes, or other fees.
  11. This year, one of our long time members, @CajunShroomer3578, has offered a great idea as well as a very special gift. He has suggested that we silent auction a hand made, Native American rain stick. His grandfather made it from Louisiana Cypress. Take a look at the photo, you can tell this is quality wood work. This is an interesting object, to say the least, but it will also be hand painted with mushrooms on it. Quite fitting for our community 😀. The funds of course will go toward keeping this site going and the winner will of course receive this very cool gift. Bidding will likely start somewhere between $40 and $60. These rain sticks normally would sell for around $100. Please let us know if this is something you'd be interested in bidding on in a silent auction.
  12. Welcome! Once you start hunting mushrooms or just start learning about them, you'll start noticing them everywhere. 😄
  13. These photos were taken on June 17. Just getting to posting them now. Has anyone else seen other mushrooms coming up super early? I've never seen Shaggy Manes this early. I've also never seen them this big! I suspect it was due to the record setting heat and lack of rain, early in the spring followed by cooler rainy weather.
  14. What!? That's awesome. I've only seen photos of it when its ready for harvesting. Its cool to get to see it in different stages. How long did it take to reach maturity?
  15. Awesome... glad to hear someone will be foraging soon. It was 7 degrees today, here in MN. I can feel spring though... its so close!
  16. Awesome. Thanks for posting. Identifying trees has always been difficult for me. In MN so many are very close looking. I need to keep both a tree and a mushroom field guide with me at all times :-) I've noticed in my area, that some variants of trees will produce better tasting mushrooms than others. Some mushrooms will grow on different types of trees and some taste way better on Popple instead of Oak [or ash... whatever it was I found it on before].
  17. In case there are any foragers who are using Bitcoin Cash or Ether, I'd like to let you know that donations are now being accepted in either of these currencies. For anyone who isn't familiar with them, no worries, donations can still be made with PayPal using credit card or your PayPal balance. The goal is to make it easy for anyone, anywhere to donate with what they are comfortable with. Since we're talking about donations, thanks again to everyone who has helped pay for keeping this site up, as well as those who have helped by supporting the community. There is more to helping than just giving monetarily. If anyone has questions or comments, feel free to ask here :-)
  18. When people know where to find Morels, they are usually pretty tight lipped. All I can tell you from the one time I've found them is that at first glance I thought I saw some shrivled up leaves on top of some pine needles. There was something slightly off about it so I took a closer look. Sure enough, I had just come across two Morels growing in the back yard of my 1/2 acre lot. This is the only time I found a Morel and it was after wandering the woods for a couple of hours to turn up nothing. Hopefully someone can pass on some good knowledge for you soon. Spring is coming and as it warms up you'll start to see more people posting. Until then, this is a good time to read up or browse your field guide :-)
  19. Welcome to the forums. You'll definitely get assistance here. Be sure to take a look at the rules pinned post on how to ask for identifications. Those two things will get you on the right track on what to look for and how to ask for help. There is definitely a good group of people here to help you learn on your way. Have fun and enjoy!
  20. Hello and welcome! You'll probably get better help posting requestes in the ID forum. Please be sure to read the rules before posting as well. Have fun exploring!
  21. By chance today I noticed that an app on the Google Play store is using a slightly modified version of the logo I made for this site. I just wanted to address this before it became a problem. We are not affiliated with the app in any way.
  22. Well, you've come to the right place. There are some very knowledgeable people here that can help you with IDing mushrooms and know what to look for and observe so you can ID them on your own eventually. We have some good suggestions in the section of our forum on Books, Magazines and articles that are good for doing research and/or learn from. Here are some tips that basically helped me when getting started. Buy a good field guide for MUSHROOMS. The National Audubon Society Field Guide to Mushrooms is one that is often suggested. It has some good photos and descriptions to assist in IDing mushrooms. There is also an app now. (which I just realized isn't available in the United States yet) Buy a good field guide for TREES. Many times, identifying the type of tree a mushroom is growing near or on will help you ID a mushroom. Sometimes you can find a good guide specific to your region. Get very familiar with IDing one or two common edibles that grow in your area. Its a lot of fun to bring them home and eat them. Just please be sure you know for sure what you have before you eat it. You can die a pretty slow death from eating poisonous mushrooms. There are some mushrooms that are edible but don't really have any look-alikes that can kill you. I would suggest starting with those. Basically, just try to have fun. This community is great for sharing finds, even if you already know what they are. At least in my case, I don't have many people who like to eat wild mushrooms. So sharing finds and seeing other peoples' finds here is a lot of fun for me.
  23. Thanks for the +1 on that ID, @Dave W. Did they taste pretty good? I know where I can find more but I'm still to nervous to eat them. I'd be so nervous that they wouldn't even taste good. :-D
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