This years walk at Cook forest were split between shelters 1 and 2 with walk leaders Richard Jacob and Adam Haritan respectively and a roughly equal number of participants. Unfortunately due to the short notice that participants received not everyone could make it. We will look at changing sign up to first come first served so that people receive plenty of notification in the future. Despite the lower number of participants than expected both groups found plenty of mushrooms. As per other locations where we have walked this year we may not have found a lot of anyone species we did find plenty of variety.

Richard Jacob writes at shelter 1 we found very few Amanita and Cortinarius species. We did found a number of bolete species including Boletus edulis which made up for it. Many of us found a colony of Cordyceps militaris during the walk resulting in a hunt for the bodies. The other common cordeceps at the location Tolypocladium ophioglossoides (Goldenthread cordyceps) was also found further in the the walk on a slope. There were quite a few Lycoperdon perlatum (Gem-studded Puffball) around too.

From Shelter 2 Adam reported that despite the relatively dry conditions, a decent number of species were found within the 2-hour walk. The most prolific species were False Chanterelles (Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca) and Dotted-Stalk Suillus (Suillus granulatus/weaverae). Surprisingly, no honey mushrooms were found on our walk, and the usual diversity of Cortinarius was lacking as well. Still, most of the major groups of fungi were represented at the identification table and the Club has a few new species to add to the clubs life list.

Other interesting species of note were Melanophyllum haematospermum and Stereum gausapatum (Bleeding Oak Crust), both of which had been found at Hartwood Acres but not many other locations. A fun find is Pseudohydnum gelatinosum (Cats tounge) a transparent toothy jelly mushroom. Finally Ischnoderma benzoinum was identified which according to Gary Lincoff Cook Forest was the only know East coast location for this typical west species.

A few of us explored the Firetower region with its oak forest. We found a few more species of mushrooms but conditions were very dry and we did not see many of the species we typically find in the area.

Species list entered by Adam Haritan and Richard Jacob. Species identified by Cara Barkley Coulter, Adam Haritan Richard Jacob, Judy Mackenroth, Tom McCoy (from Mycological Association of Washington), La Monte Yaroll and others.

List of species found on the walk at Cook Forest State Park (combined list):
Agaricus leptocaulis (),
Agrocybe acericola (Maple Agrocybe),
Amanita amerifulva (American Orange-Brown Ringless Amanita),
Amanita flavoconia (Yellow Patches),
Amanita muscaria var. guessowii (Fly Agaric),
Armillaria mellea (Honey mushroom),
Austroboletus gracilis (Graceful Bolete),
Boletus edulis (King Bolete; Porcini; Cepe; Steinpilz),
Boletus subvelutipes (Red-Mouth Bolete),
Calocera cornea (Yellow tuning fork),
Cantharellus tubaeformis (),
Cerioporus leptocephalus (Elegant Polypore),
Chlorociboria aeruginascens (Blue-green Stain),
Cladonia squamosa (),
Clitocybe clavipes (Fat-footed Clitocybe),
Clitocybe odora (Anise Scented Clitocybe),
Coprinus lagopus (Wooly Stalked Coprinus),
Cordyceps militaris (Trooping Cordyceps),
Cortinarius harrisonii (),
Crepidotus applanatus (Flat Crep),
Dacrymyces capitatus (),
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin maze polypore),
Elaphomyces verruculosus (Deer truffle, False truffle),
Entoloma vernum (Spring entoloma),
Entoloma strictius (),
Fomitopsis ochracea (),
Fomitopsis pinicola (Red Bealted Polypore),
Ganoderma applanatum (),
Ganoderma lobatum (Soft Artist’s Conk),
Ganoderma tsugae (Hemlock Varnish-shelf),
Gloeoporus dichrous (),
Gymnopus dryophilus (Oak-loving Collybia),
Gymnopus subnudus (),
Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca (False Chanterelle),
Hymenopellis furfuracea (),
Hypocrea pulvinata (Polypore hypocrea),
Inosperma calamistratum (), (Inocybe calimistrata)
Isaria tenuipes (),
Ischnoderma benzoinum (),
Laccaria amethystina (Amethyst Tallow-gill or Amethyst Deceiver),
Laccaria bicolor (),
Laccaria ochropurpurea (Purple-gilled Laccaria),
Lactarius deceptivus (),
Lactarius deterrimus (Orange-latex Milky),
Lactarius griseus (),
Lactarius hibbardiae (),
Lactarius lignyotus (),
Lactarius uvidus (),
Laetiporus huroniensis (Chicken of the Woods on conifer),
Laetiporus sulphureus (hicken of the woods),
Lanmaoa pseudosensibilis (),
Leccinum snellii (),
Lepiota clypeolaria (AKA Lepiota magnispora),
Lycoperdon perlatum (Gem-studded Puffball),
Lycoperdon pyriforme ( Pear-shaped Puffball ),
Marasmius opacus (),
Melanophyllum haematospermum (),
Mycena epipterygia (Yellow-stalked Fairy-helmet),
Mycena leaiana (Orange Mycena),
Mycena sanguinolenta (),
Neofavolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore),
Nolanea verna (),
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus, bitter oyster),
Paxillus involutus (),
Peziza phyllogena (),
Phaeohelotium epiphyllum (),
Phaeolus schweinitzii (Dyer’s pollypore or velvet-top fungus),
Phaeotremella frondosa (Jelly Leaf),
Pholiota aurivella (),
Pholiota squarrosoides (),
Piptoporus betulinus (Birch Polypore),
Pleurotus pulmonarius (Summer Oyster),
Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom),
Postia ptychogaster (),
Pseudohydnum gelatinosum (),
Pycnoporus cinnabarinus (Cinnabar Red Polypore),
Radulomyces copelandii (Asian beauty),
Ramaria formosa (beautiful clavaria, handsome clavaria, yellow-tipped- or pink coral fungus),
Ramaria stricta (),
Retiboletus ornatipes (),
Rickenella fibula (Orange Moss Agaric),
Russula aeruginea (),
Russula brevipes (),
Russula compacta (Firm Russula),
Russula mariae (Purple-bloom Russula),
Russula virescens (),
Scleroderma cepa (),
Scleroderma citrinum (Pigskin Poison Puffball),
Scutellinia pennsylvanica (),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum gausapatum (Bleeding Oak Crust),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Stereum sanguinolentum (),
Suillus americanus (American Slippery Jack; Chicken Fat Suillus),
Suillus granulatus (Dotted-stalk Suillus; Granulated Slippery Jack),
Suillus placidus (),
Sutorius eximius (Lilac-Brown Bolete),
Tolypocladium ophioglossoides (Goldenthread cordyceps),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey tail),
Tremella mesenterica (Witches’ Butter),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Trichoderma harzianum (),
Tricholomopsis decora (Decorated Mop),
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore),
Xerocomellus chrysenteron (Red-Cracked Bolete),
Xeromphalina campanella (Fuzzy-foot),
Xerula furfuracea (Rooted Collybia),
Xerula rubrobrunnescens ()

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Agaricus leptocaulis (),
Inocybe calamistrata (),
Lactarius hibbardiae (),
Leccinum snellii (),
Postia ptychogaster (Powderpuff bracket),
Stereum sanguinolentum (Bleeding Conifer Crust),
Trichoderma harzianum (),

Scutellinia species with narrowlyelipsoide spores and long margin hairs that does not match any of the known species.

Cladonia squamosa (),

Antrodia sp.
Copvinus sp.
Evernia sp.
Gymnopdius sp.
Incoybe sp.
Nolenea sp.
Russula sp.
Scutellina sp.

Photos by Cara Barkley Coulter and Richard Jacob