Archive for September 2017
This collection of photographs depicts mushrooms found in Halle Ravine in the last few fall seasons and is a good primer for what we can expect to see on our guided walk on September 24. Registration for that event is filling quickly so please contact Krista by email or by phone (914-205-3533) to register or to cancel and make room for another person to join us.
We have encountered dry weather conditions in most years and therefore find mainly bracket fungi, which are supported by the moisture held in wood. For the difficult to distinguish species, I include several instructive photos from Richard Nadon and others from MushroomExpert.com.
Halle Ravine is a nature preserve protected by the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy and is open for hiking every day from dawn to dusk. Foraging or collection of any form of wildlife is generally prohibited in the Preserve. Trail maps and more information are available at www.prlc.net/preserves.
Volunteers are invited to join our work sessions in both September and October in Carolin’s Grove, where we are working to restore forest to about an acre of storm-damaged woods. On September 9, we will work from 10am to noon to clear areas of invasive Japanese stilt grass to prepare them for planting. On October 14, we will plant grass seed and wildflowers in sunlit gaps to support pollinators and other animals during the transition back to forest. Come back, if you have volunteered here before, and be amazed at what’s growing up in Carolin’s Grove now!
Please register to attend our popular annual fall mushroom walk, to be held this year at Halle Ravine on Sept. 24 from 2pm to 4pm. Participants can expect to find edible Oyster mushrooms, as shown in our feature photo, and the medicinal reishi mushroom, also known as hemlock varnish shelf. There is one as big as a dinner plate in this protected sanctuary for wildlife. Collection and foraging are prohibited in PRLC nature preserves, but we do allow for picking during guided tours such as this one.
Parking is limited at the Preserve entrance at 244 Trinity Pass Road. Enjoy the marked trails at Halle Ravine any day of the year, dawn to dusk.