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State Park Mushroom Foray Saturday 13 July 2013

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Join us for a hunt for wild mushrooms! Newbies welcome, you can learn as you go from seasoned foragers and professional mycologists.

This foray needs a leader. You don't need to know the area or be an expert, you just need to count heads and make sure no one is left behind in the woods. If you're interested contact Foray Coordinator Nessie Van Loan ([masked]) or find him at the next meeting.

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State Park Foray
Saturday 13 July 2013, 09:00AM
Leader: NEEDED
Collecting Purpose: Any*
Chicago, IL
Nearest Transit: CTA #30 bus or Hegewisch Metra

*Our permit for the Cook County land in does not allow collecting for the pot, but our permit for the state land at allows collection for any purpose. Bring a sack lunch and bug spray.

In this area an affiliate of Polish descent found 'kozia broda' and 'podpienki' mushrooms.
KOZIA BRODA (goat's beard) is a false name for Grifola frondosa (hen-of-the-woods/maitake) it doesn't not look like a goats beard, but rather more like the horned head of a ram, hence some call it "SHEEP HEAD" But ever since some Polish old timer misnamed it and it stuck! The goats beard would be better served if it was called "KWOKA LESNA" which means "hen-of-the-woods" in English. The name "PODPIENKI" means in SLOVIC languages POD=under, PIEN=stump, PIENKI=stumps; so that it describes Honey mushrooms by the location where most of them grow- at the feet of dead/dying trees (oaks) or stumps! {thanks to John Komosa for this explanation}