PVMA Walk Schedule 2018

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of fungi common to the northeast

Pioneer Valley Mycological Association’s Weekend Walk Schedule 2018

PVMA’s Weekend Walk Schedule 2018 Coordinated by Pat Diffendale

We are excited to bring you this year’s walk schedule. Please print out the following pages so you have them handy. We will meet on Sundays and some Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. with some exceptions as well as special events as noted on following schedule. Please pay attention to time and day noted below.
Consider affixing this list to your front door, fridge, television, computer screen or entering the information on a calendar you are most likely to consult so that you don’t miss any of our fantastic and informative guided walks.

Note that we are instituting some new procedures for our walks this year. We will require everyone to sign in upon arriving and sign out when leaving. You should also wear your membership card/ID badge at all walks. We will have these available for all current members so if you don’t have yours, you can pick it up on any walk or other activity we sponsor. Nonmembers are welcome on walks, but will be asked to pay $5 per person. We will also have membership applications available if anyone wants to join after trying out a walk (the $5 will then be deducted from the membership fee). We will look for fungi for approximately 2 hours and then, for anyone who is interested, meet back at the starting point to spread our collected finds on a table and try to identify them. This will aid us in compiling a checklist for each walk. Any unidentified fungi can then be claimed by members to take home to study if they wish.

We will post reminders for walks on our Pioneer Valley Mycological association Facebook page. The sites are located throughout the Pioneer Valley and the Hilltowns. A few have restroom facilities, most do not. We suggest that you bring water, bug/tick repellent, a knife, a collection basket and small paper or waxed bags for specimens. Sturdy, comfortable shoes and a hat come in handy, as well as a walking stick, camera, a mushroom field guide, and a small notebook and writing instrument to write down notes about specimens you collect (especially important if you want to contribute to the Citizen Science Project). You can also download beginner or advanced checklists to use on the walks at www.fungikingdom.net. We welcome you to post photos of the fungi you find on our Pioneer Valley Mycological Association Facebook site.

For any questions or concerns, please email JessicaBensonEvans@gmail.com.

May morel season: please check Berkshire Mycological Society website at http://www.bms.iwarp.com/ or their Facebook page to join John Wheeler's group to hunt for morels. Be prepared to hustle. His group meets on Sundays at 10:00 AM during mushroom hunting. (Morels are not abundant in the Pioneer Valley.)

May, TBA: Stay tuned for a Spring Pop-Up walk! Join Jessica at Jabish Brook Conservation Area in Belchertown for a trail-head clean-up and then a hunt for spring aquatic fungi. We'll announce the date and time on the PVMA Facebook page.

Sunday, June 10, 1:00 p.m., with Paul Thomas. Location TBA

Sunday, June 24, 1:00 p.m., Leyden Wildlife Area in Greenfield, with Joan Adler. Slight hill along a stream. Directions: take Rte. 5 North from Rte. 91 second Greenfield exit to Greenfield. Take a left on Severance, left on Barton Rd, right on Oak Hill Rd. Area is at the end of Oak Hill. Plenty of parking. Joan's cell phone 413-265-6560.

Sunday, July 1, 1:00 p.m., Buffam Falls Conservation Area, Pelham with Jessica Benson Evans. Mixed woods, predominately pine/hemlock to oak/beech/pine. Relatively flat along stream/waterfalls. Directions: From Amherst Center follow Main St. until it becomes Pelham Rd. Continue on Pelham Rd until crossing to Pelham, when it becomes Amherst Rd. Take a left onto North Valley Rd. across the street from Pelham Community Center. Follow North Valley Rd until just past the intersection with Buffam Rd. Take a quick right onto Meetinghouse Rd. -- a sign says, “road closed”, but you will find a small gravel parking spot on the right less than 1⁄4 mile up. Additional parking is available along the road further along as well as a small pull-off on North Valley Rd. Please be respectful of neighbors when parking. JessicaBensonEvans@gmail.com

July 7 or 8: TBA

Sunday, July 15, 1:00 p.m., Stanley Park, 400 Western Ave, Westfield, “The Mysterious World of Fungi” with Dianna Smith and Phil Hadley. This public walk is free for everyone. From the Stanley Park brochure: “Fungi are all around you, but often you don't realize it. They play many important ecological roles, including decay of organic material, nutrient recycling and exchange. Come and learn about different groups of fungi and the fundamentals of identification through their fruiting bodies, the mushrooms. Part of the fun in looking for wild mushrooms is that you never know what may be popping up! We will walk along some of the park's trails to see what we can discover.” At 6 that evening, there will be live music in the park (The Eagles Experience), so you might want to spend some time exploring the rest of the park, enjoying a picnic, and taking in the music. Directions: Take Mass Turnpike (Rte. 90) to Westfield exit 3, take a right onto Rte. 10/202S, take a right onto Orange St., Left on Conner Ave., right at first cross street (Franklin) onto Russell Rd., left on Lloyd's Hill Rd., right on Western Ave, left onto Gillett Rd. Call Phil Hadley if you have any questions at 413-356-3069.

Sunday, July 22, 1:00 p.m., Lily Pond Wildlife Management Area, Goshen, with Dianna Smith, Dianna’s cell number is 914-715-8983. Easy, heavily wooded trail which slopes off steeply on either side to uneven rocky terrain in spots, leading to mossy wetlands and a bog. Directions: from Northampton take Rte. 9 to Goshen, turning left onto Ball Rd. Go about 1 mile; Ball Rd. will take a sharp left, but stay straight onto Lily Pond Lane, which ends in a circle. Park at the perimeter of the circle, where we will meet. The sign for the trail head is hidden by trees.

Thursday, July 26 to Sunday, July 29: annual NEMF Foray at State University of NY at Geneseo. No PVMA walk. To register go to http://www.nemf.org/.

Sunday, August 5, 10:00 a.m., Arunah Hill Natural Science Center, 218 Trouble St, Cummington, MA. Joint walk with the Connecticut Valley Mycological Society (CVMS). From Northampton take Rte. 9 West to Williamsburg, left onto Rte. 143 W towards Chesterfield. Follow Rte. 143 W for ~ 15 miles, then right onto Trouble St. More information at https://www.facebook.com/arunahhill.

Saturday, August 11, 10:00 a.m., Houston Gage Trail, Shutesbury, with Jessica Benson Evans. Strenuous, 1.7-mile loop walk through mixed oak and pine woods and streams throughout with steady gains in elevation on one side of the loop and one or two fairly steep downhill portions on the other. Pack lunch and water for the trip. Mandatory carpooling from Jess’s home in Shutesbury due to limited space at trail head. Email her for directions at JessicaBensonEvans@gmail.com.

Sunday, August 19, 1:00 p.m., Herman Covey Wildlife Management Area, Belchertown, with Mary Obrzut.

Mixed pine and hardwoods, streams. Slightly uneven terrain. 341 East St. (off Rte. 9), beyond the fish hatchery and across from Mass Wildlife Field Headquarters. Parking area is at the trail head.

Monday, August 20 at noon to Friday August 24 at noon; 5-day Free PVMA Foray-Vacation in the White Mountains with Dianna Smith at 72 Ledgewood Drive, Bethlehem, NH. Join Dianna for the week to participate in walks on White Mountain trails to collect fungi and identify them back at her NH home. See the “Forays” page in this newsletter for details. Dianna.smith@comcast.net.

Saturday, August 25, 1:00-4:00 p.m.: Bill Yule will give an indoor presentation entitled “The Secret Lives of Woodland Mushrooms” followed by PVMA member-led walks at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton. Directions: take Mass Turnpike to exit 4, then Rte. 91 north to exit 18, to Rte. 5, Northampton. Right on Rte. 5 South. After 1.4 miles, take a right onto East St. at the sign for Easthampton Ctr. Follow East St. for 1.2 miles and turn right onto Fort Hill Rd at the Mass Audubon sign. Go 0.9 miles and bear right at the next Mass Audubon sign and turn left at the sanctuary.

Labor Day Weekend: Friday, Aug 31 – Monday, Sept 3, COMA Foray at Hebron, CT. Register beginning in June at http://www.comafungi.org/. No PVMA walk.

Saturday, September 8, 12:00 noon-5:00 p.m. at Shantigar Foundation, Rowe, MA with Dianna Smith, who will give a talk and lead a walk. Directions Rte. 91 North to Greenfield exit 26, go West on Rt. 2 to Charlemont to Legate Hill Rd on the right. Take Legate Hill Rd up about 4 miles and take left on Davenport Rd. Go 0.7 miles to small Shantigar sign on the right. Enter the wooded area and park in the marked areas on the right. Office is large wooden shed bldg. http://shantigar.org/mushroom-hunt Dianna’s cell phone is 914-715-8983.

Sunday, September 9, 1:00 p.m., William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington, with Dean Colpack. Take Rte. 9 west to Rte. 112 South in Cummington. Follow Rte. 112 South up the hill 1.5 miles to a 5 corner intersection. Homestead is straight ahead. Meet at parking lot.

Sunday, September 16: Gill Conservation Area, Gill, with Joan Adler. Wooded, pond, mixed terrain. Directions: Rte. 5 North from Rte. 91. Right on Log Plain Road, left on Lampblack Rd, Right on Hoe Shop Rd and right again. The road seems to go straight but you will need to take a right after the bridge. Conservation parking area is on the left after ~1/4 mile. Joan's cell phone 413-265-6560.

Friday, September 21: We will need as many members as possible to join us for two walk locations to collect lots of different species of fungi to display on the tables the next day for our Fungi Kingdom Fungi Festival at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. We will ask that you check our Facebook page for updates regarding where and when; tentatively, walks will be at Jabish Brook Conservation Area in Belchertown and Fitzgerald Lake in Northampton.

Saturday, September 22, 1:00-5:00 p.m.: Fungi Kingdom Festival! at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Easthampton. A fun-filled and educational day hosted by Arcadia, the Pioneer Valley Mycological Association, and friends from Fungi Ally featuring presentations, demonstrations, display tables and guided mushroom walks on some of the sanctuary's trails. Come help us make this a great day for families and those curious about our passion for fungi! Directions at https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife- sanctuaries/arcadia/directions I-91 to exit 18, (Rt 5 Northampton), take a right on Rte. 5 South, right on East St. at sign for Easthampton Ctr. Continue on East St for 1.2 miles, take a right onto Fort Hill Rd at Mass Audubon sign. Go 0.9 miles and bear right at next Mass Audubon sign and turn left to sanctuary parking area.

Sunday, September 30,1:00 p.m. with Marty Klein, location TBA. Marty will determine which trail, although he says it will be on the west side of the Connecticut River.

Columbus Day Weekend October 7-9. No walk scheduled.

Sunday, October 14, 1:00 p.m., Federated Women's Club State Forest in Petersham/New Salem with guest mycologist Larry Millman. Wide well-trodden mostly flat trails with deep leaf litter in a predominately oak and conifer forest. A wonderful home for fungi! Directions: From Rte. 202 turn onto Rte. 122, go 3.6 miles, turn right onto State Forest Rd, follow for 1.7 miles to gated entrance and pull-ins for parking. We will meet at the parking area in front of the gate. See www.mass.gov/dcr/massparks/region-central for directions from other parts of the state.

Sunday, October 21, 1:00 p.m., DAR State Forest, 78 Cape St., Goshen, with Dianna Smith. Directions: From Northampton take Rte. 9 West through Williamsburg to Rte. 112 North, turn right onto 112 North to the state forest. Meet in main parking area. The DAR trail map can be downloaded from the mass.gov site.

Sunday November 18, Ella's birthday walk (Jessica will lead) site and time TBA.


If you are interested in accompanying Dianna for a guided weekday mushroom walk, anywhere in the region especially within one to three days of a good rain, please contact her with the name of a walk location via the PVMA Facebook site or by e-mail at