Somebody landed on this blog today after searching “best mushroom field guide for Ontario”. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before. I use two.
They are the Audubon guide by Gary Lincoff and Mushrooms of Ontario and Eastern Canada by George Barron. They’re organized differently and depending what I’m looking for I use one or the other. Normally I have both in my car when I’m out chasing mushrooms. I’ve been told the Barron guide is the most accurate, but I have no way of validating that (except that the statement came from a fellow who knows more about mushrooms than I’m ever likely to know).
I’d like to ask the rest of you Ontario mushroom hounds, what guide do you use?
Thanks for staying with me…this is Tuffy P guest blogging this afternoon… hope you are enjoying the tour. Tour ticket dollars go to support the Rouge Valley Health System Foundations’ vision to purchase leading edge medical equipment for their 2 hospital sites.
Out in Scarborough today to take in the home and garden tour in support of the Rouge Valley Health System. Come along and see some interesting homes and gardens. THANK YOU to all the home owners who allowed everyone access inside their estates and out on the grounds. Thanks also to all of the volunteers who generously gave of their time today out in the Scarborough Bluffs area of Toronto.
I’ve seen numerous reports over the past couple years about declining bee populations in North America in general and in Ontario in particular, leading to the question, what’s killing bees.
In this CBC article, a beekeeper says millions of his bees have been killed by a new class of pesticides called neonicotinoids. Premier Wynn is doing what all politicians do…she’s forming an expert panel to produce a set of recommendations by spring of next year. Meanwhile the folks who make pesticides along with some scientists suggest that the culprit may be Varroa mites and not the pesticides. Corn farmers say they need the neonicotinoid. What if both the mites and the pesticides are contributing to the collapse of bee populations? Perhaps there are other factors at play as well.
So why are the bees so important? They pollinate a high percentage of our flowering crops, meaning with no bees we’re going to lose a lot of food directly, not to mention crops that are used to feed livestock.
I took the dogs out for a walk in the woods this morning, and was fortunate to find around 30 chanterelles. They’re a little hard to see right now. There is a lot of leaf litter on the forest floor and the chanterelles are just peaking out from under it. I had hoped to find some edible boletes too, but mostly just found boletes with red pores – not for consumption. I saw one bug-eaten lobster, a few yellow Amanitas and some red russulas and that’s about it. The chanterelles were the highlight.