Outdoors

On the hunt for mushrooms

Hunting for mushrooms can be a challenge. At what elevation do you start? Should you check out the north-facing slope or south-facing slope? What terrain is best?

We headed up into the mountains near Riggins and things looked perfect. The forest was moisture after snows have receded and there were also recent rains.

After driving 20 miles of back roads and walking through lots of timber, we ended up with one morel.

To make mushroom hunting easier, you might check out the Southern Idaho Mycological Association's annual Spring Foray in McCall on May 30-June1 at Upper  Osprey Lodge at Quaker Hill Church Camp.

In addition to the regular foray going out Saturday morning, SIMA is having a short hunt and identification workshop led by Foray Mycologist Dr. Michael Beug on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m.He will lead a foray on Saturday also. He is a member of the North American Mycological Association, serving on their education committee, and is chair of the NAMA toxicology committee.

Persons interested in attending the workshop and/or foray, should call Genille Steiner, at 345-2515 or 631-7462.; or e-mail gsteiner@sitestar.net for cost and schedule of events.  Registration closes on May 26, 2014 for meals and lodging at Quaker Hill.

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