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  5. March 20 - Morel Mushroom Course – Online - 1pm - 5pm - More Information - Register April 25 - Salamonie River State Forest – Andrews, IN - 1pm - 3pm - Join Us! May 22 – Mounds State Park – Anderson, Indiana - 1pm - 3pm - Join Us!June 19 - Indiana Academy of Science Bioblitz Team Fungi - Corydon, IN - Join Us! June 26 - Wild Mushroom Course - Online - 9am - 5pm - More Information - Register July 17 – Southeastway Park - New Palestine, IN - 1pm - 3pm - Join Us August 14 - 22 – Summer Online Foray - More Info - Download Field Data Slips - Join the Project August 19 - Shades State Park - 7pm - Join Us! August 20 - Turkey Run State Park - 9am - Join Us! September 18 – JE Roush Fish & Wildlife Area - Cancelled. October 15 - 24 - Online Fall Foray - More Info - Download Field Data Slips - Join the Project October 23-24- Lafayette, IN area - Join Us! - More times to coming soon
  6. Does anyone know, specifically, what invasive plant species they are trying to eradicate at Lake Griffey? I know there are many in Monroe county.
  7. Looks like wood ear to me, too. One side is typically fuzzy-looking while the other is smooth. Although you should never rely on others to identify mushrooms for you, I think you're pretty safe with this one. You may be disappointed, though. Wood ears aren't exactly flavorful...they are used to add texture. Your best bet is to chop them up for a soup. A Google search will turn up plenty of recipes. Bruce
  8. It does look like wood ear. I personally don't know of any toxic lookalikes. There is always a risk when consuming wild mushrooms. It's best to be certain of the identification of them prior to sampling any (even ones that are commonly choice or good edible species). Sometimes some people will have a toxic reaction to one, when others never do. When consuming a wild mushroom for the first time, I usually keep a sample in the fridge and another sample in the freezer so that any people that are survived by me can assist the coroner in knowing if this was the cause of my death...?
  9. I think I found wood ear, can you verify? Also, how do you usually prepare them?
  10. Hi Nikki and welcome to the forum. I've seen that the foray information isn't always updated on this particular site and sometimes it takes a week or more for someone to reply. If you have a Facebook account, I've read that they are more active on there than here. I don't have Facebook, so I cannot confirm.
  11. I know it says that there will be an invite to forays and such but are the invitational ones different from the scheduled ones on the calendar? The benefits were listed but I don't know what some of those things are. *sorry tried to edit it but I timed out. thanks again
  12. Hi everyone! I'm new to this and had a couple of questions. I Looked at the website, interested in going on a foray and I was wondering if I had to have a membership to participate? I wanted to purchase a membership to the HMS but I don't really know what that means. Could someone please enlighten me ? I'm really excited to have found this club. We don't currently have one where I'm located. Thanks for the help in advance.
  13. Honestly, since morel season ended, I haven't gone out looking either. I just happened to see these while fishing and found a motherload of Chanties at a friend's house around his front lawn. ?‍♂️
  14. Never took a class, but have read several books. I can recommend the following: https://smile.amazon.com/Edible-Mushrooms-America-Field-kitchen/dp/0292720807/ https://smile.amazon.com/National-Audubon-Society-American-Mushrooms/dp/0394519922 https://smile.amazon.com/Edible-Mushrooms-Illinois-Surrounding-Kitchen/dp/0252076435/ https://smile.amazon.com/100-Edible-Mushrooms-Michael-Kuo/dp/0472031260 Hope this helps, Bruce
  15. Beautiful! I haven't been out mushrooming all year. Shame on me. Bruce
  16. This was a pleasant and unexpected find while fishing the other morning. Kinda like that fawn that still has its spots. They sure look pretty, but they taste even better. lol
  17. A little over a pound of good ones. They'll be consumed with delight!
  18. Likely Cantharellus Lateritius aka smooth chanterelle. I've found a few really large amounts of these before. They taste just as good as a common chanterelle but not as good as a cinnabar red chanty.
  19. Hey there. First post and first time looking for chanterelles. Can you guys verify these are chanterelles? After a little research I think they are the smooth variety. Found south of Martinsville. They were found singly or in small clusters growing up out of the soil away from trees.
  20. The only thing I've had the nerve to eat so far was a very obvious Laetiporus I found on an old stump. It was very tasty. As for these, I was surprised by the huge grove of mushrooms of a variety that are new to my little patch of woods and was very curious about how close I had come to correctly identifying them myself. With the exception of the tiny bit I tasted and spat out, I have not eaten any of these and there's basically no chance that I will. It's just as you said, there are so many mushrooms that look like this that it's just not worth the risk. If I did get a wild hair and decide to cook some up, I would never try and justify it by saying "well some stranger on the internet said it was ok". I'm way too paranoid for that. I'm looking for some good online, self study classes on mycology. Are there any you can recommend? How did you learn?
  21. Yes, it looks like a Pluteus. I've never had the nerve to pick and eat one. Too many look-alikes. For sure I would never attempt to ID it for you only to have you get sick. I suggest you continue to educate yourself on both the mushrooms and the risks and avoid putting your health in the hands of others. Regards, Bruce
  22. Can I provide more pics of some other features to help? I tasted a tiny piece, chewed but didn't swallow, and it tastes like a slightly bittersweet radish which also matches the profile for the Pluteus varieties here in Indiana.
  23. Hello, first time posting, long time lurking. I have a huge crop of these in a shadowy bed of freshly mulched hostas in my backyard. I think these are deer shield mushrooms, but I'm new to this game and I want to be sure.
  24. I would also like to know for other species. If anyone could guide us in the right direction.
  25. Is the July 17 Indianapolis area Foray still on ? If so what time and where will we gather ? I hope to attend, but must start making travel plans soon.
  26. Want to make sure of the ID on this little brown mushroom.
  27. Thank you, I made the raspberries into a pie. It was wonderful, this helps me for later in the season and for next year.
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