About 15 bird watchers and mushroom club members joined Jack and Val Baker for a walk at Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club. We walked a loop through the property going up, round and down a hill. A variety of different species were found from slime molds, to smaller mushrooms and larger terrestrial mycorrhizal species. Species of note were a black trumpet species, Craterellus foetidus, that has thicker flesh than the normal craterellus fallax we find. Craterellus foetidus is rarely observed so it was a nice find. A less pleasant find was Radulodon copelandii an invasive, tooth/crust species. Radulodon copelandii was first reported in Ipswich, MA and has spread down to DC and across to Pittsburgh in the last 5 years or so. It seems to be quite prolific and we have seen it a couple of times this year already. There were also a number of interesting Amanita in the Amanita fulva and Amanita vaginata groups that were different from what we normally find. A new species for the club life list was Neonectria ditissima a crust fungi. Even if you can not see the small red fruiting bodies you can often see the telltale bullseye disfiguration in the bark. At the end of the Walk Richard Jacob gave an impromptu cooking demonstration with two different Chanterelle recipes.

Species list entered by Jack Baker. Species identified Jack Baker, Richard Jacob and John Plischke III.

List of species found on the walk at Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club:
Amanita amerifulva (American Orange-Brown Ringless Amanita),
Amanita amerirubescens (Blusher),
Amanita bisporigera (Destroying Angel),
Amanita brunnescens (Cream Colored Cleft-foot Amanita),
Amanita flavoconia (Yellow Patches),
Amanita flavorubescens (Yellow Blusher),
Amanita vaginata var. vaginata (Grisette),
Arcyria cinerea (White Carnival Candy Slime),
Artomyces pyxidatus (Crown-tipped Coral Fungus),
Aureoboletus innixus (Clustered Brown Bolete),
Cantharellus lateritius (Smooth chanterelle),
Cantharellus minor (Small Chanterelle),
Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa (Coral Slime),
Cerioporus leptocephalus (Elegant Polypore),
Cerioporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle, Pheasant Polypore),
Ciboria peckiana (Common Wood Ciboria),
Clavulina cristata (Crested Coral Fungus),
Coltricia cinnamomea (),
Coltricia perennis (After-burn Polypore),
Craterellus foetidus (Black Trumpet),
Crepidotus applanatus (Flat Crep),
Cyathus striatus (Fluted Bird’s Nest Fungus),
Dacryopinax spathularia (),
Daldinia childiae (Carbon Balls),
Fomitopsis spraguei (Green Cheese Polypore),
Galiella rufa (Hairy Rubber Cup),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Geastrum saccatum (Earthstar),
Gerronema strombodes (The Golden-gilled Gerronema),
Gymnopus dryophilus (Oak-loving Collybia),
Gyroporus castaneus (Chestnut Bolete),
Helvella macropus (),
Hortiboletus campestris (Field Bolete),
Hortiboletus rubellus (Oak-and-beech Bolete),
Hygrophorus miniatus (Fading Scarlet Waxy-cap),
Hypomyces chrysospermus (Bolete Mold),
Hypomyces hyalinus (Amanita Mold),
Inocybe tahquamenonensis (),
Leotia lubrica (Yellow Jelly Babies),
Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime),
Marasmiellus candidus (),
Megacollybia rodmani (),
Meripilus sumstinei (Black-staining Polypore),
Mycena haematopus (Bleeding Mycena),
Mycena leaiana (Orange Mycena),
Phylloporus rhodoxanthus (Gilled Bolete),
Radulodon copelandii (),
Ramaria stricta (),
Russula aeruginascens (),
Russula crustosa (Green Quilt Russula),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Scleroderma citrinum (Pigskin Poison Puffball),
Scorias spongiosa (),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Stemonitis splendens (Chocolate Tube Slime),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Trametes gibbosa (Lumpy bracket),
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Glutinoglossum sp.
Neonectria ditissima
Cantharellus flavolateritius
Russula sp.
Lactarius sp.
Amanita sp.

Pictures by Kim Plischke and Richard Jacob.