Date Reported: Oct 30, 2013  
Name: Ben
General Location: City park, Austin
International/State: Texas
Other Mushrooms: Sulfur shelf/chicken, parasol, oyster
General Information: My first chicken find! On a scar on an old oak in a city park, 2 pounds of youngens. Delicious. Found a beautiful clump of parasols, and tons of oysters everywhere. Fingers crossed for the fall morels we usually find here when there's good enough rain.
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 30, 2013  
Name: Laura
General Location: Stevens Pass
International/State: Washington
Other Mushrooms: winter chanterelles, hedgehogs
General Information: These big guys were growing in huge clusters mostly in doug fir and pine duff. The largest caps were 7-8 inches in diameter. Some were perfectly round caps but many were irregular and the more open ones had an interesting lump just off-center from the top of the cap. They are really hefty. Are they an edible? I have more pics of the whole clump if it would help. Doing a spore print as well.
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 30, 2013  
Name: Laura
General Location: East Stevens Pass
International/State: Washington
Other Mushrooms: Hedghogs, winter chanterelles
General Information: These looked like matsutake when picked and had white fluffy partial veils on a couple but sadly they got beat up on the way home and i washed them before I photographed. When hubby went to smell them he got white sticky fluff on his nose. Stem is solid and pure white. They have a crazy, distinct smell but I'm told Amanita smithiana has a distinct smell and fluffy veil too.Can you tell me what they are?
Chris' Comments: not matsi
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 29, 2013  
Name: Weaselwise
General Location: Charlotte
International/State: North Carolina
Morels Found: 0
False Morels: 0
Other Mushrooms: Hedgehog/Combtooth/ etc
General Information: Gourmet! These are sooooooo good!
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 29, 2013  
Name: Weaselwise
General Location: Charlotte, NC area
International/State: North Carolina
Morels Found: 0
False Morels: 0
Other Mushrooms: Hedgehog Mushrooms!
General Information: Found on old rotting walnut logs....by a stream. What a treat!
Chris' Comments: lions mane
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 28, 2013  
Name: Tony
General Location:
International/State: International
General Information: These were just sent to me from overseas from my family who are generations of professional truffle hunters. Thought you might like to see them. What do you think?
Chris' Comments: look like truffles
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 28, 2013  
Name: David
General Location: Central Coast
International/State: Oregon
Morels Found: 0
False Morels: 0
Other Mushrooms: Many
General Information: I couldn't identify this mushroom. Any ideas?
Chris' Comments: very pretty, have no idea
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 28, 2013  
Name: David
General Location: Central Coast
International/State: Oregon
Morels Found: 0
False Morels: 0
Other Mushrooms: Matsutake, Admirable Bolete, Yellow Chanterelle, and many others
General Information: This is the largest boletus edulis I have ever found. Weighing in at 14.4 ounces and free of pests.
Chris' Comments: wow
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 28, 2013  
Name: Jon
General Location: Grand Rapids
International/State: Michigan
Other Mushrooms: Lots
General Information: Another try on picture. I think they are honeys
Chris' Comments: yep
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 27, 2013  
Name: Sustainable Forager
General Location: St. Louis and roaming
International/State: None_given
Other Mushrooms: Lions mane
General Information: Chris, how does frost/freezes affect grifola fruiting production?...have yet to find any on many a hunt, thought it might be too dry still here in Missouri? Lions mane was tasty though, growing on sugar maple! GO CARDS!
Chris' Comments: sometimes it trigger them to fruiting
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 27, 2013  
Name: Cindy Luce
General Location: Maumee State Forest
International/State: Ohio
Other Mushrooms: Maitake, Aborted Entolomas, Ringed Honeys
General Information: The blackest and best-disguised Hens so far! I wonder how many we blew right past? Decent Season here in N.W. Ohio
Chris' Comments: I have seen many very dark ones this year
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 26, 2013  
Name: Jason
General Location: jefferson memorial forest
International/State: Kentucky
Other Mushrooms: Honey mushrooms?
General Information: I'm pretty sure these are honeys. Found several clusters growing around trees. I dug them up rather than picking and found that they were attached to tree roots. The stalks are very fibrous. The only doubts I had were due to color and because most pics show them at more mature stages, I assume these are young. I've purposely never consumed a gilled mushroom. I will be doing a spore print to confirm they are white. Are there any poisonous species remotely resembling these?
Chris' Comments: honeys
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 26, 2013  
Douglas McEvoy
General Location: Deep shade mixed conifer
International/State: Wisconsin
Other Mushrooms: Clitocybe sp.
General Information: Hello Chris, hope the shoot is going well. Found these Clitocybe in WI which is not my home territory. What is preventing me from determining the variety is the pearlescence of the mid-stage caps (the pics just don't do the coloring justice, but imagine a pearl and you are seeing it exactly). The youngest were white, then pearly and at maturity orangish-brown and somewhat translucent. Very mature caps, while still firm, were covered with a secondary blur mold much like bread mold.
Chris' Comments: could also be clitopilus
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 25, 2013  
Mark
General Location: Glen Allen, VA
International/State: Virginia
Morels Found: no
False Morels: no
Other Mushrooms: lion's mane
General Information: Early season, early frost, hope to find oysters throughout the winter - but this is my other last harvest for the year and my second passion.
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 25, 2013  
Name: Jean Kennedy
General Location: Coast Range
International/State: Oregon
Morels Found: No
False Morels: No
Other Mushrooms: Chantrelles,scaly hedgehog,
General Information: Picture of underside.
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 25, 2013  
Name: Jean Kennedy
General Location: Coast Range
International/State: Oregon
Morels Found: no
False Morels: No
Other Mushrooms: Chantrelles,scaly hedgehog,
General Information: Interested if you knew what this was, I will send another picture of the underside. Growing in conifer forest near numerous other mushrooms. Chantrelles, Scaly Hedgehogs and many I don't know.
Chris' Comments: unknown to me
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 25, 2013  
Name: Bill & KT
General Location: Skykomish area
International/State: Washington
Morels Found: 0
False Morels: 0
Other Mushrooms: Chanterelles & Angel Wings
General Information: 10/5/13 - Found about 6 lbs. of chanterelles and a small amount of angel wings. 10/19/13 - Same site - about 3 lbs. chanterelles & 2 lbs.of angel wings. Perfect weather! A couple of nice and tiring forages!
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 24, 2013  
Name: Rhett
General Location: New castle
International/State: Indiana
General Information: Found these growing out of black mulch I put down 2 weeks ago. Don't think these are edible I just want to figure out what type of mushroom it is.
Chris' Comments: inky cap sp
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 23, 2013  
Douglas McEvoy
General Location: Cedar birch and poplar low-lying woods
International/State: Wisconsin
Other Mushrooms: Saffron Milk Cap & Birch Bolete
General Information: Found these nice Birch Boletes and Saffron Milk Caps in WI which is a bit out of my area (being from KY) and there were many species I did not know but was very pleased with this find. Birch Boletes seem unpopular with many but maybe there is something wrong with my taste buds because I love them!
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 23, 2013  
Douglas McEvoy
General Location: Open grass, no trees in area
International/State: Wisconsin
Other Mushrooms: leucoagaricus leucothites?
General Information: Hello Chris. Here I have a white spore all white flesh and gill mushroom with a ring. Yeah I know, stop there and throw it away. I would really like your opinion on this one. I think it is leucoagaricus leucothites and edible. There were HUNDREDS spread over a grassy lot with no trees in area. Owner of lot says prior to planting with lawn it was meadow. Note the slight crackle to surface, that seemed to appear after picking. These pics were taken two hours after collection. No volva found. My concern is I could not check EVERY mushroom for an underground volva. I collected about 100 of them. So even if I have what I think I do (and I would like your opinion on that because some material says leucoagaricus leucothites is uncommon but these were all over the place in Northern WI)is there really much danger of a death cap variety in a lawn in full sun from sun up to sundown?
Chris' Comments: These do not look like the smooth parasols I have collected before, and even if they did, I cannot give an opinion on them over the net, too dangerous!
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 23, 2013  
Name:
General Location: Manhattan Beach
International/State: California
General Information: Found this at the end of August and forgot about this pic. Is this a chicken?
Chris' Comments: yes
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 23, 2013  
Name: Jon
General Location: Grand Rapids
International/State: Michigan
General Information: Is this a honey? Large patch. On edge of ditch on edge of woods. I'm assuming roots are wood source
Chris' Comments: ?
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 23, 2013  
Name: martin thomas
General Location: scottsville
International/State: Kentucky
Other Mushrooms: bright orange mushrooms
General Information: The mushroom is 5 inches high. Cap is around 3 inches across. Cap rolls over gills. Gills are as orange as cap. Stem is smooth. Stem is orange not as bright as cap. The stem is as round top to bottom. The stem appears to have no gills. In fact looking under my 10x loop, the stem looks the same as my white mushrooms bought from the store. The orange mushroom smell just like the store bought. The mushroom was growing near a wooded path near a rotted stump. The orange mushrooms were growing in bunches of 10 -20 in each bunch. The smaller orange mushrooms were brighter then the large orange mushroom I picked. The mushroom seems very dense/heavy. I love mushrooms! Is this edible? Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide me. Martin Thomas P.S. I have never picked wild mushrooms before. Who can I get with to learn?
Chris' Comments: need pic
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 23, 2013  
Leszek
General Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
International/State: International
Morels Found: 0
False Morels: 0
Other Mushrooms: 1
General Information: Too excited - forgot to add a picture of my finding with my previous post. Now, here is - THE HEN.
Chris' Comments: cool
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 23, 2013  
Leszek
General Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
International/State: International
Morels Found: 0
False Morels: 0
Other Mushrooms: 1
General Information: Hen of the woods - found at a classic location -the base of an oak tree. Few meters away from the picnic tables, at the backyard of my workplace. How come other people missed it - ????? Weight - about 4 lb. Already dried - (80%), and the rest - partly eaten. Yummmmmy!
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 23, 2013  
chris matherly
General Location: brown county
International/State: Indiana
Other Mushrooms: hens, chicken, russulas, clitopilus
General Information: guys, so sorry it has been awhile since I updated, filming here in brown county, Indiana, had no idea that it would be 16 hour days, so exhausting, had 470 emails, facebook to deal with and still have 10 voice mails I haven't had the time to even listen to... after I get this caught up (hopefully) back to filming! thanks for baring with me!
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 23, 2013  
Name: Don
General Location: fallen tree, forest
International/State: Illinois
General Information: Any idea what these are?
Chris' Comments: mycenas, not edible
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 22, 2013  
Name: Don
General Location: grass, near a pine tree
International/State: Illinois
Morels Found: 0
False Morels: 0
Other Mushrooms: 0
General Information: Is this an edible bolete?
Chris' Comments: yes, suillus, best dried
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 22, 2013  
Name: Scott Hart
General Location: Noble County
International/State: Ohio
General Information: Found while digging a ditch close to an oak and hickory tree. About half the size of a baseball. Smells very mushroomy, tasted a small piece and was grainy and not muck taste. Can't find any info on Ohio truffles. Are they rare, edible, what do you do with them?
Chris' Comments: is a truffle or false truffle, cool
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 22, 2013  
Name: Nichole
General Location: Fairfax
International/State: Virginia
Morels Found: none
False Morels: none
Other Mushrooms: puffball
General Information: Is this a puffball and edible? There were a bunch of them and they were white inside. If edible are they very tasty? They don't look like they would be.
Chris' Comments: don't think so, must be pure white flesh inside
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 22, 2013  
Name: Julie
General Location: Washington County
International/State: Oregon
Morels Found: 0
False Morels: 0
Other Mushrooms: Oysters, slippery jacks, russulas
General Information: Low elevation find despite dry weather.
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 22, 2013  
Name: Julie
General Location: North Coast
International/State: Oregon
Morels Found: 0
False Morels: 0
Other Mushrooms: Lots of boletes, amanitas, and oysters
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 21, 2013  
Name: Eric & Jason Chandler
General Location: Thurston County
International/State: Washington
Other Mushrooms: Pig's Ear Gomphus, Zeller's Boletus, Orange Funnel Cap, Rose Red Russula, Mt Baker Waxy Cap, Rosy Gomphidus
General Information: The only 'shrooms we kept of the ones we observed were the Pig's Ears, because I thought they MIGHT be some keepables. This uncertainty was due to my 'shroom book being buried in amongst all of the stuff we had in the back of my son's (Jason)Suburban...we had just finished a "guy's" weekend on the WA coast...Jason, Kirk (oldest son), and Iain (grandson). We did a diversion off the hiway on the way back home, and discovered the Pig's Ears (photo attached) up in the woods on a deer trail off the road we had driven. Would have taken more, but at the time we were unsure of what we had found. The appearance of the Pig's Ears looked somewhat familiar to what I had seen in my Pacific N/W 'Shroom book (but I wasn't ABSOLUTELY sure), so we took as many as we could carry. After getting back home, and off-loading the Suburban, and referring to the 'shroom book, we were more-than pleasantly surprised at our find. Will have to go back and get some more!!!! There were many, many more that we did not take.
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 21, 2013  
Name: Ahmed Syed
General Location: Orlando Florida
International/State: Florida
Other Mushrooms: Sponge like fungus
General Information: Its some kind of sponge or something I can't find out what it is on the internet. Maybe you can help. My main concern is if their fumes are harmful. It smells like fungus and I presume thats what they are but they feel and look completely like sponges but they grow in the woods. I inhaled the fumes and now I feel my mouth kind of cottony like. I don't know if the fungus has settled in my lungs or what. Can you tell me what they are please?
Chris' Comments: moss
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 20, 2013  
Name: Maria Bill
General Location: United States
International/State: Michigan
Morels Found: 4-5
General Information: Looks identical to a morel with a hollow center and the bottom of the cap attached to the stem. Found in northern Michigan in mid-October. Can it be a morel in October?
Chris' Comments: it is a rare fall morel! take a pic of it with a newspaper and the date!
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 20, 2013  
Name: andy
General Location: stanwood
International/State: Washington
General Information: Found in cemetery in late october In grass compost piles. HUGE. lots of them.
Chris' Comments: parasols, good
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 20, 2013  
Name: Anj
General Location: west coast
International/State: Washington
Morels Found: years of morels
False Morels: several
Other Mushrooms: chentrells, boletes, shaggy, amanita,puff balls,morels...
General Information: Fond these growing in a shaddy school yard under leaf & Pine trees in clay dirt pine needles with boletes.They were a little slippery but now dried and have a sheen. They are a deep honey color. Nibbled a piece- no flavor or bitter. Smells sweet. October 20th weather dropped to 45-50 at night.massive mushrooms spouted!
Chris' Comments: not a good edible
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 20, 2013  
Tom
General Location: Chesterfield
International/State: Michigan
Other Mushrooms: Not sure
General Information: Found growing off a log it is about 4 inches across white buff spore print the stem is sitting on a smaller one growing underneath. The tree may have been a maple bark still attached. Not a heavy smell of mushroom but nice smelling . very meaty and dense. Do you what it is and us it edible ?
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 20, 2013  
Name: Craig Overmyer
General Location: Coastal range
International/State: Oregon
Morels Found: 0
False Morels: 0
General Information: edible ?
Chris' Comments: yes, russula
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 20, 2013  
Brian
General Location: Carroll county
International/State: Ohio
Morels Found: I
Other Mushrooms: Many
General Information: Need identification please ? And edibility ? Thank you
Chris' Comments: maybe clitocybe sp
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 20, 2013  
Name: Tony
General Location:
International/State: None_given
General Information: These are new to my backyard. Are they edible?
Chris' Comments: no
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 19, 2013  
Name: Michelle Smith
General Location: United States
International/State: Minnesota
Other Mushrooms: 1
General Information: Found 50+ growing on ground in harfwood trees...many were over their prime. Thought maybe honeys but the dark color threw me. Any ideas?
Chris' Comments: old honey
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 19, 2013  
Name: Michelle Smith
General Location: United States
International/State: Minnesota
Morels Found: 0
False Morels: O
Other Mushrooms: 1
General Information: Is this edible? Found Growing out of ground
Chris' Comments: no
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 19, 2013  
Name: Tony
General Location: Toronto
International/State: International
General Information: Found a new kind in the backyard. This smells a little like porcini. Is it edible
Chris' Comments: not sure
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 19, 2013  
Name: Abe
General Location: Portland
International/State: None_given
General Information: Another view
Chris' Comments: ok, from this view, def an agaricus sp
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 19, 2013  
Name: Abe
General Location: Portland
International/State: Oregon
Morels Found: 0
False Morels: 0
Other Mushrooms: Lots of chanterelles
General Information: Large patch of these growing in my back yard under a flowering current. Had the same last year. Some sort of Agaricus? Are they edible?
Chris' Comments: not sure
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 19, 2013  
Name: Danny smith
General Location: Woods
International/State: Georgia
Morels Found: No
False Morels: No
Other Mushrooms: Not sur what this is but it is quite large
General Information: Single found at the base of a tree. Has a bolete type underside.
Chris' Comments: edible polypore when young and tender
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 19, 2013  
Name: BZubrisky
General Location: Woods Hastings Ontario
International/State: International
Other Mushrooms: not sure
General Information: lots popped up in a day and were already getting bugs eating them by the time they were up...gone shortly after
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 18, 2013  
Name:
General Location: Seattle
International/State: Washington
Morels Found: No
False Morels: no
Other Mushrooms: 1
General Information: Is this a birch bolete?
Chris' Comments: similar, edible leccinum
 

       
Date Reported: Oct 18, 2013  
Name: hugh
General Location: United States
International/State: Ohio
Other Mushrooms: hen of the woods
General Information: I found another nice big hen on a neighbor's oak tree. They're still coming along here.