While Arizona's mushroom season is known to occur in the mountains in the summer, winter months provide a great opportunity to learn more about other habitats that also provide great fungi habitat.
As summer turns to fall and winter, the mountains are too cold to support fruiting fungi. However, lower elevations with moisture and warmer temperatures can still be worthwhile to visit for finding a variety of non-edible and occasionally, edible fungi. Even with few fungi to find (as is common with cold temperatures or lack of moisture), learning new habitat, plants, and conditions in fungi favored areas, is a valuable tool you can use.
The Arizona Mushroom Society will be offering a fungi and plant walk on Sunday, January 16th at 1:00 p.m. in the Verde Valley to share information about local plants and fungi in our environment. Scouting trips have shown minimal fruiting fungi due to the very cold temperatures that occurred after a few winter storms at the end of the holidays.
Despite the recent cold temperatures there are a few species that are out, which makes for a great opportunity to discuss these fungi, their habitat associations, host plants, growth patterns, and other details. In addition to fungi, we will be discussing any plants we observe with edible or potentially medicinal properties.
Due to limited capacity, you must register to join this event. This event is open to AMS members and is free of charge. Those who register successfully will receive an email with meet-up information. Since our events are very limited in space, please only register if you are certain you can attend.
This even is outside and will require hiking 1-2 miles over approximately 2 hours on uneven terrain and through weeds and brush. Prepare for cold morning temperatures and muddy ground conditions. Please bring sunscreen, food, water, and appropriate foot wear and clothing.