Newsletter for Nov/Dec 2019

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6 thoughts on “Newsletter for Nov/Dec 2019

  1. Please excuse my ignorance, but how do I know when I am inside the Member’s Only area? I just keep seeing a link asking me to “Join Now”; and if I click on the MEMBERS button at the top right menu tab, it brings up a “Request Access” option. Do we have to request access each time we want to see the archive? I remember that you sent me an access link(?) through email a few months ago, but I can’t find that. Thank you.
    Darin W.

    • Hi Darin,
      You did accept my invite to the members archive. All you have to do is click on the “members” tab (not the request access pulldown) and you will be in the members area. You can tell when you scroll down the page you will see our archive of newsletters. – Jerry

  2. Thinking about trying this with my boys. Are there any classes offered for how to start in this? Keep seeing that best time to hunt in Ohio is spring but I don’t see anything happening until June. Is there more info somewhere I’m not finding?

    • Robert, It mostly depends on what you are looking for, but you can hunt fungi year-round. Mostly the “season” to start looking (depending on the weather) is February-March… Depending on how much snow is on the ground. It does takes a die-hard Mycologist to be out there looking in the middle of Winter though, because there are only a few things out there, lol.
      If you are hunting just Morels, I would start looking as soon as you see buds on the Lilac trees. My dad used to tell me that Morels started when the Lilacs Bloomed, but the whole concept of when they start is up for interpretation.
      If you are interested in ANY or all fungi, a general rule of thumb is you can start looking as soon as the ground has thawed up; Up until that same ground freezes again. Another thing to think about is that MOST (not all though!) of the bigger mushrooms you see on the forest floor are hooked up to trees fairly deep underground in a symbiotic relationship (the relationship for most trees is termed: Ectomycorrhizal). So, once you find them around a certain tree, they will likely be around that same tree in years to come, off and on, depending on conditions.
      There aren’t really any “classes” on how to start learning about fungi unless you enroll in a University degree program. Ohio Mushroom Society does, however, hold quite a few forays and special events throughout the year. If you are a member, just keep track of the list as it is posted on the O.M.S. website and reserve your spot on a foray with whoever is hosting it. There are instructions for each foray for those specifics, and whether or not you need to register or just show up. Mostly we need to register.
      Attending forays is almost guaranteed to help you learn much faster than a book…. BUT, I own many books and am a huge fan of physical books. With that said, just a couple I recommend to start with (Based on you possibly living in Ohio) are: “Mushrooms of Northeast North America — Midwest to New England” by George Barron, and “Mushrooms of the Northeastern United states and Eastern Canada” by Timothy j. Baroni.
      Again, there are MANY guides for fungi, and there are many guides and books for just individual genera of fungi too. Do a search in ebay or amazon for the word “fungi” under the Books section, and you’ll see.
      Hope this helps.

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