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JULY 2003

SUMMER TIMES …

Our "Hurray for Jay" June Foray was great fun, on a beautiful day in a fascinating location! We found Fawn mushrooms (Pluteus cervinus), Eyelash cup (Scutellinia scutellata), Mica caps (Coprinus micaceus), Chocolate tube slime (Stemonitis splendens), Bleeding mycena (Mycena haematopus), Orange mycena (M. leaiana), Common Mycena (M. galericulata) as well as quite a few LBMS. We found some beautiful plants (Wild Sarsaparilla, Wintergreen, Ragged Robin) and trees (Sassafras) that seemed rather unique to the area. To add a bit of mystery to the foray, we visited "Spy Island" a Historic place in the Revolutionary War.

There was a good turnout for Dave Fischer’s program at our meeting, where he shared knowledge of local unusual fungi with us. Thanks Dave for a great program!

In case you missed it, Bernie taped yours truly on "Garden Journeys" with Terry Ettinger, doing another TV appearance to encourage the study of fungi and publicize CNYMS.  

Mushroom of the Month

Pleurotus ostreatus: The Oyster Mushroom

The Oyster Mushroom grows in tiers, with either no stems or very short ones, laterally attached like a bracket. The cap is fleshy shaped like a fan and may vary in color from blue/gray to pale brown. The gills are white to pale yellowish white, leaving a white or pale lilac spore print. They grow in clusters on wood, favoring maple, aspen, beech, and willow year-round during favorable conditions. It has a pleasant, mushroomy smell sometimes with a slight anise aroma.

There are no toxic look-alikes. Unfortunately the Oyster mushroom is highly susceptible to infestation by insects and must be harvested immediately after they fruit.

When they are fresh, Oyster mushrooms are so white they almost seem to give off a light of their own (although they do not actually glow). Last year I found nine trees that had come down from the Labor Day storm covered with Oysters and not a sole to help with the harvest.

Jean’s Book Club

There are still a few copies of the fabulous book "mushroom" by johnny acton and nick sandler available for only $16!! The pictures alone are worth more and the recipes are wonderful!

Mark your calendars and join us at our next foray on Sunday July 13th and the meeting on July 21st! We’ll see you soon!

If your dues are still due, send your $10 to Rick Colvin CNYMS @ 1948 Connors Road, Baldwinsville, NY 13027


Just like the Audubon Society, CNYMS will publish a monthly list of Fungal sightings on your walks or in your own backyard! In the interest of science, as well as for the love of fungi, send your list or interesting findings to Jean at "mushroom@zhighway.net" or 445-1463.

Got any recipes, stories or info to share? To put it in the Newsletters contact:

Jean O. Fahey- Editor

Any questions or input for newsletters contact:
Jean Fahey (Club mycophagist and editor) 232 Edgemont Dr. Syracuse, NY 13214 445-1463
Or Bernie Carr (chairperson) 210 Parrish Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205 469-9379.


Don’t miss out by not staying current on your dues. If you don’t remember when you last paid, send your $10 dues made out to CNYMS to Rick Colvin (treasurer) 1948 Conners Rd., Baldwinsville, NY 13027.

Bernie Carr, Chair
Central New York Mycological Society
469-9379
"bcarr@zhighway.net"


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