The 2022 monsoon pattern is starting up in the deserts and mountains of northern Mexico, and in the coming weeks we can expect a plume of moisture creeping up from the south to bring life-giving rain to us Arizonans. Once the monsoons have got going, it takes several weeks for that rain to soak into the ground, for the fungi mycelium to grow, and for the fruiting process to make mushrooms. We're going to take a look around the woods first thing in August to see what fungi friends we can find and want you to come along!
We will be hosting an Arizona Mushroom Society foray for you to join us to hike through the woods to look for and identify wild mushroom species. This is a great educational opportunity to find and learn about our local mycoflora. There is no charge for this event. It is available for Arizona Mushroom Society members to register until we reach capacity. Only registered members can participate.
This foray event is separate from the Strawberry Lodge Monsoon Celebration Feast planned for the evening of the 6th. To attend both events, you must register for both separately.
This is a free event open to Arizona Mushroom Society members in good standing. Please only register if you are sure you can attend. Spaces are limited and cancellations often mean other people cannot attend. Registrants can include one guest. Children over 5 years old may attend and must be under supervision of their parent(s) at all times. Dogs must be well-behaved and on-leash during the event. This event includes hiking at high elevation, sometimes in areas with heavy downed logs and debris, which can be difficult for children, dogs, and many of us as well!
Summer forays are a valuable opportunity to learn about our local mycoflora, and while edibles are likely to be found it is not the goal of the foray. If you are interested in learning about local mushrooms, and have the time and transportation to join, here is a chance for you.
Please be sure to come to the event prepared for summer monsoon season in the high mountains. You will need hiking boots, sunscreen, water, rain gear, and basic first aid supplies. Plan to bring a lunch and snacks and a lot of water. There are no other stores or commerce opportunities once we depart from the Clints Well gas station. Please be sure to bring a trusty knife and netted or paper bags or baskets for collecting mushrooms.