New DVD introduction to Arizona’s edible mushrooms

Arizona Mushroom Society member Jim Warnecke is a retired biologist for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, and along with his wife Dana, an experienced and enthusiastic hunter of Arizona’s most … Continue reading

Late July 2015: High season, and the recovery of the Wallow Fire

  This update comes rather later than I had hoped, but it’s now clear that high season for our summer mushrooms is well under way. Since our previous report in early … Continue reading

How you can help the ICOM8 mycology conference in Flagstaff

A few months ago, I posted news of the 8th International Conference on Mycorrhiza (ICOM8) taking place at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff next month. The official program for the meeting has … Continue reading

Early July 2015: Porcini, oysters, cauliflower, even chanterelles

It’s ON! Last week, we took a look at the precipitation that fell in spring and early summer, as well as the forecast for further monsoon rains, and predicted an … Continue reading

A “Virtual Foray” for fire morels

Morels on the San Juan fire

I’ve just returned from the San Juan burn in the White Mountains, where a large fruiting of fire morels is under way. We collected enormous quantities, but left much larger stashes of … Continue reading

Recap of the August 2014 Foray of the Arizona Mushroom Club

At last, I can report on the very pleasant and productive foray that the Arizona Mushroom Club held in the White Mountains on the weekend of Aug. 23-24, 2014.  I apologize for … Continue reading

Cauliflower Tales: Arizona’s unique Sparassis

Sparassis americana var. arizonica

The North American Mycological Association’s journal of amateur American mycology, McIlvainea, is a rich source of information for the intermediate and advanced mushroom enthusiast. It’s available online for free at the NAMA … Continue reading

Late July 2014: Scouting the White Mountains and Mogollon Rim

Amanita muscaria

The week following the successful foray on Mt. Lemmon, it was time to return to the White Mountains and see if the three or four inches of rain received in the … Continue reading

Late July 2014 Update: Choice edibles on Mt. Lemmon

Pleurotus pulmonarius

Between work and tramping around in the mountains, I have been remiss in getting early-season updates on the page.  Time for a little show-and-tell! This will be the first in … Continue reading

Scouting the White Mountains, 12 July 2014

Storm approaching Greens Peak

After a warm, dry winter and a disappointing spring morel season, the sight of dark thunderheads rising over the White Mountains put joy in my heart as I set out on my first … Continue reading

The August 2013 Foray of the Arizona Mushroom Club

Last weekend, Aug 17-18, the Arizona Mushroom Club had its first foray of the season in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. Turnout was excellent, with nearly 60 people and … Continue reading

Where and when do you look for mushrooms in Arizona?

summer monsoon rains in arizona

Arizona, like California, benefits from large variations in terrain elevation that allow one to explore very different biomes with only a short drive.  Those whose perception of the state has been shaped … Continue reading