Date: August 11–13, 2017
Leader: Sue Brown & Ed Mayer
The Briar Bottom Camping foray was a great success again this year with a small group of 12 campers and one member coming out just on Saturday. We were lucky this year to have the club mycologist Coleman McCleneghan return after several years absence from forays. Coleman did a stellar job identifying 112 species collected including three fascinating little parasitic fungi: Elaphocordyceps capitata on a deer truffle, Akanthomyces aculeatus on a moth, and Ophiocordyceps sphecocephala on a wasp. The last two were new records for the club, along with two new Amanitas, an Entoloma, and the charming little egg-yellow Earth Tongue, Neolecta vitellina.
Coleman also provided a fascinating and educational table walk that focused on the similarities among groups of fungi.
The weekend began with a heavy afternoon rain on Friday. Campers had to dodge the raindrops when setting up tents. Sat and Sunday the weather was beautiful, warm and sunny. Since there was a small group the morning foray explored the Devils Den trail. In the afternoon the majority of the group forayed a longer more exertive trail. After a delicious potluck we sat around the fire pit sharing music and stories.