Species list from South Park with La Monte Yarroll on 03/18/2017

We had a dozen intrepid walkers on this chilly day.

Species list entered by La Monte Yarroll.

List of species found on the walk at South Park with La Monte Yarroll:
Auricularia auricula (Tree-ear / Wood Ear),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Diatrype stigma (),
Exidia glandulosa (Beech Jelly Roll),
Exidia recisa (Wood ear),
Galerina marginata (Deadly galerina),
Gloeoporus dichrous (),
Irpex lacteus (Milk-white Toothed-Polypore),
Lenzites betulina (Multicolor Gill Polypore),
Panellus serotinus (Late Fall Oyster),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Phellinus robineae (Cracked cap polypore),
Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes gibbosa (Lumpy bracket),
Trametes hirsuta (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Peniophora albobadia (Giraffe spots)

Is it going to be an early Morel season?

With the warmer than normal winter it looks like Morel season will start early again. The warm weeks in February thawed the ground and the one week cold snap last week will not have stopped springs march for long. There are many signs of spring to look for and a number of scientific measurements you can make to try and predict when Morel season will start. On the observation side people mention forest plants like Ramps, Skunk Cabbage and May apples, or trees like Redbud, Forsythia and Magnolia as signs that the time is right for Morels. On the scientific side people look at soil temperature (over 50°F), degree days and the amount of rain. We have certainly surpassed the degree day value of 700 and there will be plenty of warm rain this week which may trigger the start of the season. Unfortunately the Morel Sightings Map that I have recommend in the past seems to be defunct and there is no map for 2017. There is a replacement though at the The Great Morel website. I have also been searching Mushroom Observer for sightings and checking morelmushroomhunting.com for reports but haven’t seen anything in PA yet. However, we have received post to our Facebook page of false morel finds and this week reports of a true morel find.

Do you want to find out more about hunting for morels? There is an early season talk on Morel Mushrooms and How to Find Them at Trinity United Methodist Church, Indiana PA on the 17th April. On the 19th April you can join April’s guest speaker for a Hunt the woods with Britt Bunyard at Bushy Run Battlefield. Our main morel talk and walk is on the 29th of April: Morel Mushrooms: What, Where, When. Presentation and walk at Pine Ridge Lodge. If you can not make a talk or walk please have a look at one of our previous presentations.

Finally as Morel season is difficult to predict there will probably be some pop up walks with just a few days notice. Check out the clubs Facebook page for more information.

March and April newsletter published

Our first newsletter of the year, covering March and April, has been sent out to electronic and paper subscribers. There is an overview of the of both the club meetings and some of the upcoming walks that have been arranged for this year as well as book reviews, rewards and an article on Mushroom dyes. We are always looking for articles and mushroom related stores, please contact Cecily Franklin if you have something to contribute.

You can see the first page of the newsletter here.

Coral fungi of Western PA

A presentation from Richard Jacob

Last years educational talk on Corals. The talk covers the different coral fungi families and species found in Western Pennsylvania.

Introduction to Jelly, Club and Corals

A presentation from John Stuart

Last years educational talk on Jelly, Club and Corals. The talk covers the identifying features of each group.

Species list from Winter walk at North Park on 02/18/2017

Species list entered by La Monte Yarroll.

List of species found on the walk at Winter walk at North Park:
Auricularia auricula (Tree-ear / Wood Ear),
Bjerkandera adusta (Smoky Polypore),
Cyathus striatus (Splash Cups),
Daedalea quercina (Thick-maze Oak Polypore),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Diatrype stigma (),
Exidia recisa (Wood ear),
Galerina marginata (Deadly galerina),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Ganoderma lucidum (Ling Chi),
Globifomes graveolens (Sweet Knot)
Hydnochaete olivaceus (),
Hymenochaete tabacina (Northern Brown Crust),
Hypholoma lateritium (Brick top),
Irpex lacteus (Milk-white Toothed-Polypore),
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
Lenzites betulina (Multicolor Gill Polypore),
Lycoperdon perlatum (Gem-studded Puffball),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
Phlebia incarnata (),
Phlebia tremellosa (),
Phyllotopsis nidulans (Mock Oyster),
Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom),
Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Schizopora paradoxa (),
Serpula lacrimans (Dry rot),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes elegans (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Tubaria furfuracea (Fringed Tubaria),
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Cladonia cristatella (British Soldier Lichen)
Mycena sp.

Comments:

We had a fantastic turnout for this pop-up walk in North Park with nearly 60 attendees. The weather was just right for a nice stroll through the park.

A Globifomes graveoleus specimen was brought to the walk by Judy M. and also found during the walk on a fallen tree. It is a moderately rare species, so it was a treat to see. (Updated after publishing).

The feature photo of Globifomes graveoleus and all photos in the gallery are by Adam Haritan.

Species list from All Out 2017 at South Park on 01/28/2017

Walk leader La Monte Yarroll. We held a winter walk in response to another REI initiative to get people out into the wilds. We had over 30 people attend and we have quite a few species to add to the club life list. Part of the reason may be the unusual season, but I really want to call out the excellent identification work by Adam Haritan, in addition to our regular Club Identifiers and Mycologists.

Species list entered by La Monte Yarroll.

List of species found on the walk at All Out 2017 at South Park:
Armillaria mellea (Honey Mushroom),
Crucibulum laeve (White-egg Bird’s-nest Fungus),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Diatrype stigma (),
Flammulina velutipes (Velvet foot; Enokitake),
Galerina marginata (Deadly galerina),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Gloeoporus dichrous (),
Hypholoma lateritium (Brick top),
Hypomyces aurantius (),
Irpex lacteus (Milk-white Toothed-Polypore),
Ischnoderma resinosum (Resinous Polypore),
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
Lasiosphaeria spermoides (),
Lenzites betulina (Multicolor Gill Polypore),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Phellinus gilvus (Mustard Yellow polypore),
Phellinus robineae (Cracked cap polypore),
Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore),
Polyporus brumalis (),
Postia subcaesia (),
Resupinatus applicatus (Black Jelly Oyster),
Rhytisma punctatum (Speckled Tar Spot),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Schizopora paradoxa (),
Serpula himantioides (),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes hirsuta (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Trichia favoginea (),
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore),
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Mycena sp. (Gray-brown marginate cap cespitose on wood)
Dendrothele sp. (on oak bark of standing tree)

Comments:
Postia subcaesia is probably what we’ve been mistakenly calling Tyromyces caesius.
New species to the club Lasiosphaeria spermoides, Postia subcaesia, Rhytisma punctatum (Speckled Tar Spot), Serpula himantioides and Schizopora paradoxa.

Pictures by Adam Haritan.

Species list visualizations 2016

Last year we presented an overview of the species identified at the different parks. This year we have gone one further in the visualization of the species lists. The new analysis includes data back to 2012 and we plan to add all of our historical records over time. We will also add new data analysis to the visualization so you can consider this a work in progress. The analysis page is now available all year round here.

Quick overview of the data

The analysis is split over three views. The first view is of a table with the number of species observations per walk. See the main picture above. In the actual analysis you can click on one of the bars to see the species list from the walk. You can also change the year that you are viewing.

This year there was a slow start until about week 22, the end of May. Then the warmth arrives and fungi diversity increases until mid July when it started to dry out and the number of species found drops. This year there was some substantial rain in August and the number of species found on each walk increased.  The weather was then dry through to October and we had the second lowest number of species identified at the Lincoff foray in North park. Further north in Cook Forest State Park conditions were perfect and we found a lot of species. From mid October onward the weather was wet and warm for the time of year and we have found plenty of species on these late season walks.

species-overview-2016

The second view is of a map with the number of observations by location. Again the view is initialized to show the 2016 data but you can expand it out to all years if you wish. Some locations were visited multiple times, like Hartwood Acres, so there area lot of observations  from the site. The two foray sites, North Park and Cook Forest State Park, also have a lot of observations. Double click on the map to zoom in and click on a location to see the list of species from that area.

The final view is very similar to the second view except instead of plotting the number of observations we are plotting the number of distinct species per location. You can also filter the locations by one or more species of interest. For example click on the species and uncheck the uncheck “All” option then select a species to see where it has been found.

This analysis only represents a snap shot of the fungal diversity in our local parks and forests. Many of the park environments around Pittsburgh are very similar and we can expect to find similar numbers of species if we were to make enough observations over a year. As the old data is uploaded, and as we make more observations, the number of species observed at each location will increase.

If you are interested in what we have found this year please explore the analysis. If you have any suggestions on further analysis please contact me with details at site-admin@wpamushroomclub.org.

 

Species list from Black Friday walk at Hartwood Acres on 11/25/2016

About 25 people choose to get outside and join us hunting for bargains mushrooms on Black Friday. The weather has been unseasonably warm and we were hoping to find a few gilled mushrooms as well as crusts and jellies. We were greeted with a small crop of Agaricus arvensis, Horse Mushrooms, growing in the grass right at the meeting point so it was looking good. Once we were in the forest we found an abundance of species from the very small to larger specimens. There were a number of seasonable edibles about too along with the poisonous Galerina marginata Deadly galerina.

Highlight of the day was the Chlorociboria aeruginascens (Blue-green Stain). We normally find the stained wood but today we found the fruiting body. The smallest identified species was Dacrymyces minor, tiny 1mm diameter yellow jelly drops on a rotten stick. This species has not been recorded by the club in the past.

We had quite a problem identifying an abundant purple/brown mushroom found by many members under Oak and Tulip Popular. In the field I though it might be a Cortinarius as the gills showed a hit of orange. I later decided I was being deceived and it might be a Laccaria. The spore print was white which was encouraging, but under the microscope the spores did not have spines. Then I thought about Hygrocybe and that is where I was stuck. I posted the images to Mushroom Observer and a another member, “jimmiev”, suggested a species name. The specimen matched the description, including the spores size and shape as well as the smell so the identification of Clitocybe cokeri was confirmed. This is the first time Clitocybe cokeri has been identified by the club and it is related to a number of cold weather mushrooms that can fruit late in the season after the frost and in the spring with the snow melt.

We found one non mushroom species of note, the Emerald ash borer Agrilus planipennis. Culprit in the death of millions of Ash trees in PA and other states, despite all the dead trees it is rarely seen.

There are nearly 60 species recorded here and among the unidentified we are still working on an unusual coral mushroom species. All in all quite a haul.

Species list entered by Richard Jacob. Identified by Adam Haritan, Jack Baker, John Plischke III and Richard Jacob.

List of species found on the walk at Black Friday walk at Hartwood Acres:
Agaricus arvensis (Horse Mushroom),
Armillaria tabescens (Ringless Honey Mushroom),
Ascocoryne sarcoides (Purple Jelly Drops),
Bisporella citrina (Yellow Fairy Cups),
Camarops petersii (Dog Nose fungus),
Chlorociboria aeruginascens (Blue-green Stain),
Clavariadelphus unicolor (),
Clavulina cristata (Crested Coral Fungus),
Clitocybe cokeri (),
Clitocybe nuda (Blewit),
Crucibulum laeve (White-egg Bird’s-nest Fungus),
Dacrymyces minor (),
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls),
Entoloma abortivum (Aborted Entoloma),
Flammulina velutipes (Velvet foot; Enokitake),
Fuligo septica (Scrambled-egg Slime; Dog Vomit Slime),
Galerina marginata (Deadly galerina),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Gloeoporus dichrous (),
Gymnopus dryophilus (Oak-loving Collybia),
Gymnopus semihirtipes (),
Hypholoma lateritium (Brick top),
Hypsizygus ulmarius (Elm Oyster),
Inonotus dryadeus (),
Irpex lacteus (Milk-white Toothed-Polypore),
Ischnoderma resinosum (Resinous Polypore),
Kretzschmaria deusta (Carbon Cushion, Brittle Cinder),
Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime),
Lycoperdon perlatum (Gem-studded Puffball),
Marasmius capillaris (),
Mycena luteopallens (Walnut Mycena),
Mycena semivestipes (),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
Panellus serotinus (Late Fall Oyster),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Phanerochaete chrysorhiza (),
Phlebia incarnata (),
Phlebia tremellosa (),
Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom),
Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore),
Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Poronidulus conchifer (),
Resupinatus applicatus (Black Jelly Oyster),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Scleroderma citrinum (Pigskin Poison Puffball),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Scutellinia subhirtella (Orange Eyelash Cup),
Steccherinum ochraceum (),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes elegans (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Tremella lutescens (Yellow Witches’ Butter),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore),
Xerula furfuracea (Rooted Collybia),
Xylaria polymorpha (Dead Man’s Fingers),
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Pictures by Adam Haritan and Richard Jacob.

Election results 2016

At the October 18 monthly meeting of the WPMC, the following Officers were elected for next year:

President – Richard Jacob
Vice President – Adam Haritan
Secretary – Ann ‘Fluff’ Berger
North American Mycological Association (NAMA) Trustee La Monte Yarroll
Treasurer – Barbara DeRiso

There was a run off for the new North American Mycological Association (NAMA) Trustee position with La Monte Yarroll narrowly beating John Plischke III. The NAMA Trustee position is a two year position and replaces the Corresponding Secretary position. last years election post has the gory details.

Read more about this years committee in Novembers newsletter. We would like to thank Cecily Franklin, this years Vice President for her work over the years in running the Club and keeping us organized. Cecily is also our wonderful newsletter editor.