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  1. https://wildmushroomhunting.org/index.php?/topic/229-ontario-mushrooms/&tab=comments#comment-202920 There ya go. There is only a handful of members from Ontario who actually post here and that thread doesnt get used much these days. You can of course fix that by using the thread. If you are in Toronto then you should seriously consider joining the mushroom club. The club is called the Mycological Society of Toronto and in spite of their pompous name they are a good bunch of folks. The club organizes forays in spring and fall (and sometimes does a summer chanterelle hunt). I think these forays are a 'must attend' for anyone wanting to learn more about mushrooms.. The forays work like this... The group meets at a preselected location in the area of the foray. Sometimes this will be right where the group will look for mushrooms but sometimes the foray leader will take a quick scout around several nearby forests and select the best spot for that day. Once the group gets to the final destination they get organized and everyone spreads out into the woods (generally around 9:30am) . Ideally you want to find an experienced member to tag along with. Around lunch time everyone meets back at the starting point. The idea is to collect specimens from as many different species as you can and yes if you find a big fruiting of edibles go ahead and pick them. When folks get back to the starting point their catch is arranged on tables and when everyone is back the foray leader will identify every species found (hopefully). You can ask questions about each mushroom, learn about edibility, and how to identify it. You can even fondle them if you want. Typically the spring forays are morel hunts and the fall forays rack up big numbers of species. The most productive fall foray that I attended had almost 50 members head into the woods and when they returned they had collected 150 different species. The spring forays are a different deal. there isnt much fruiting and the group either finds morels or they dont. The forays are held basically every weekend both saturday and sunday in various significant forests withing about an hour drive of Toronto. You can expect to find decent numbers of species in all the fall forays but you have to understand that the forests are selected for their ability to host a pile of people (including parking for 50) and these are not the secret hotspots of the members. And the existing members wont be eager to tell new members where the very best spots are located until they get to know them and maybe they still wont. Still you can learn a ton from the forays which are free to members. Family membership last I looked was $30/year which is the bargain of the year. The club also puts on an identification course, hosts a gourmet mushroom dinner, and has other member benefits. Their website is www.myctor.org The photo is the id table at one of the club's forays.
  2. Sue, Start watching lobster spots around the same time as you start finding chanterelles or maybe a week later. Remember that lobsters will fruit in the same spot each year seemingly forever. I have never found a lobster spot that has actually not fruited the next year.
  3. Whatever else you do, do not eat it as there is a decent chance it would kill you. This appears to be a member of the amanita genus which counts among its members some of the deadliest of mushrooms. I'm not very good and nailing down individual species of amanita (although I think I know what this is) so Im not going to post a guess. There are a small number of amanitas which are edible but you dont want to be making that determination based on information someone gives you on the internet.
  4. Sue, Nice photo of a nice harvest. Morels should be starting now where you are too.
  5. First thing I want to say here is DONT SHOOT THE MESSENGER! I have no real opinion on the value of medicinal mushrooms except that they probably dont do any harm and that some of them probably have some medicinal value. So please refrain from calling me an idiot. This morning I saw a post by M... that had some pics of what appear to be oyster mushrooms and noted that 2 of the groups in the photo had fruiting bodies neatly stacked one above the other in the way that Hypsizygus generally fruits. I havent found Hypsi in a couple of years so I went to Michael Kuo's mushroomexpert.com to look at his entry for Hypsizygus to refresh my memory. The link to the entry is here: https://www.mushroomexpert.com/hypsizygus_tessulatus.html but to save everyone the trouble of going to look Im going to paste what Kuo said there about medicinal mushrooms. He said: " Regarding the putative "medicinal" properties of this mushroom: I am sorry to put it this bluntly, but this mushroom is not going to cure your cancer, nor any other ailment you may have—and if someone has sold you a product based on the assumption that it will, you have purchased some snake oil from a witting or unwitting charlatan. The only health benefits associated with consuming species of Hypsizygus result from the exercise involved with hunting for them in the woods. There is no legitimate scientific support for the idea that mushrooms are medicinal in any specific, eat-them-to-get-better way. None. There is only pseudoscience, bad science reporting in the mainstream news media, and very wishful science reporting in the alternative health media. For further information, see Nicholas Money's "Are mushrooms medicinal?" (2016). " So of course I found Nicholas Money's "Are mushrooms medicinal?" (2016) on the internet and actually read what the guy had to say. If you are into medicinal mushrooms then you also should read this because he essentially says nobody has actually proved anything about the usefulness of mushrooms in curing anything. He also takes a pretty big swing at Paul Stamets and his company Fungi Perfecti. The link to this piece is here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1878614616000180 enjoy.
  6. This is a pic of the first Leucopaxillus I ever encountered. It was in a stand of pure spruce. The ring was sort of spectacular. It was too big to get the whole of it clearly in one photo but it did make a complete circle. I dont often see many species form a well defined ring and I wonder if a tendency to fruit in a well defined ring can be used as an identification point with any sort of reliability.
  7. Usually when I see a big ring of white mushrooms in the forest my first thought is Leucopaxillus albissimus and that might well be what you have here. https://www.mushroomexpert.com/leucopaxillus_albissimus.html
  8. Be careful eating these. There is an abortive Tricholoma that looks very similar but which is larger and my understanding is that the tricholoma is not an edible.
  9. I feel better about calling something agaricus if I can see a ring. Not sure if Im seeing a ring in these photos.
  10. Thanks Dave, The season here in Ontario looks to be developing about a week later than historical averages. I still have some snow on my lawn and the ground is frozen solid.
  11. It appears that Chris Matherly's site (morelmushroomhunting.com) no longer exists. Has anyone found another site with a map that is being actively updated?
  12. I want to add that what you are doing is brilliant. A well done drawing is much better than a photo because with a drawing you can emphasize key identification features that dont show very well in a photo. Drawing the mushroom and making your own field notes will also help you to remember it over time. Dont stop keeping the work up to date. I know 2 people who have been doing this for years and their collection of work is just stunning and it is incredibly useful when it comes to making an identification. Interestingly, when I get into an identification discussion with one of them with a mushroom in front of us I am always impressed by the number of important features they can point to which help nail the idea. Remember that you dont have to draw 300 mushrooms the first year and it will be better to take your time and get it right. Sadly I cant draw a straight line with a ruler or I would have started doing this years ago.
  13. I have not heard of any safety issues with the brown capped scabers. A few years ago someone died after eating what I believe was a mixed bag of mushrooms and the guy who looked into the event concluded that the culprit might well have been an orange capped scaber. There was some discussion about it here and you may be able to find that with a site search. The guy who pointed the finger at the orange scaber was from Cornell and his credentials were solid enough to cause a lot of people to re-think eating the orange ones. If you search cornell mushroom blog you might find considerable discussion on the subject. I also have heard that the orange ones have caused problems in Colorado but I havent read anything scientific about that. Where I live in Ontario folks (especially Euros) collect all scabers by the bucketful with no apparent ill effects but I have no information on how they cook them. My own personal approach is that I dont need to eat every mushroom I find. If a mushroom has a dodgy reputation I simply dont eat it and I dont need a mountain of scientific data to back up that decision. I put the orange scabers in the dont eat category. There is a good chance I am missing out on a good edible but I simply dont care, Im not eating anything with a dodgy reputation.
  14. If you find a good patch of these in a spot where nobody else is likely to pick them you can sort of farm them. The caps will grow to a bit more than an inch across and if you harvest only the biggest of them the rest will continue to grow if conditions are right. I once milked a patch doing that for a period of 3 weeks and I harvested thousands. The interesting thing is that if you leave the small ones even if someone finds the patch they will likely leave it alone because there are only the small ones there. My best haul was 700+ in one picking. Slow work though.
  15. The very best course of action is to join the Mycological Society of Toronto www.myctor.org .They will ding you 30 bucks for a family membership and it is worth every penny. Their main deal for beginners are the organized forays which run spring and fall and are open to members. At a foray the group meets at 9:30 am and everyone heads out into the woods to collect as many different species as they can find (and if you find a whack of edibles you have supper). The group returns to the starting point at 12 or 1 PM with their catch and everyone's finds are spread out on tables where each species in turn is identified. You get to ask questions, talk about look-alikes and handle the mushrooms. If you were shrewd enough to hook up with an experienced person when you started into the woods you can get some in the woods lessons. The fall series of forays starts around the beginning of September and there will be forays almost every Saturday and Sunday until usually the end of October. The club also hosts identification courses and meetings with guest mushroom speakers. This is a really good deal for anyone beginning with mushrooms. They also run a spring series of forays but the truth is that the spring forays are pretty much just morel hunts. How many species get found on a typical fall foray? I have seen the group bring back 150 different species in 3 hours and they rarely find fewer than 60. This club also generally has one summer foray that happens in July and is generally not well advertised. See if you can track down the foray director and ask if there will be a summer foray in the next week or so.
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