Friday, May 18, 2007

Walk the mushroom walk

Express Staff Writer

Mushroom walk leader Kathy Richmond, left, of the Southern Idaho Mycological Association, talks about different fungi specimens, like this oyster mushroom, during the 2006 walk. Hailey resident Kaz Thea, right, holds son Kai Nelson, then 3, as he peers at the mushrooms. Photo by Rebecca Meany

Unlike last year, mushroom season will probably not be as plentiful this year, due to the valley's dry conditions. Therefore it behooves mushroom lovers to join Wood River Land Trust's Mushroom Walk at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, to pinpoint exactly where and how to find them. This educational walk will take place on the Cedar Bend Preserve in Hailey, where, it is hoped, morels and other mushrooms will be found.

Led by Kathy Richmond of the Southern Idaho Mycological Association, the walk is free and open to all. Richmond will discuss how to differentiate between poisonous and non-poisonous mushrooms, and in what types of environments they can be found. Participants, once armed with this information, are on their own when it comes to discovering the mushrooms.

Cedar Bend is a protected 4.5-acre nature preserve along the Big Wood River. To reach the preserve, turn west on Cedar Street from Main Street in Hailey. The Land Trust suggests walking, biking or carpooling, as parking is limited.

For more information, call Morgan Buckert at 788-3947, or

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