PVMA Walk Schedule 2019

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of fungi common to the northeast

Pioneer Valley Mycological Association’s Weekend Walk Schedule 

PVMA’s Weekend Walk Schedule 2019

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. 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.

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 $10 per person. We will also have membership applications available if anyone wants to join after trying out a walk (the $10 will then be deducted from the membership fee). We will look for fungi for approximately 2 hours

We will post reminders for walks on our PVMA Facebook page. A few of the sites 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 PVMA Facebook site. Please avoid foraging on each trail for the two weeks preceding the scheduled walk. 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 1 0:00 AM during mushroom hunting. (Morels are not abundant in the Pioneer Valley.)

Sunday May 26, 10:00 a.m., Jabish Brook Conservation Area, Belchertown with Jessica Evans. On Rte. 202 going North towards Pelham from Belchertown on the right. Small parking area. Please carpool from the parking lot of the North Brookfield Savings Bank, at the corner of Rts. 202 and 9 in Belchertown – parking is very limited at the trailhead. Bring a pair of gloves and help Jess do a bit of trailhead clean up, then we’ll head off in search of spring “aquatic” fungi such as Vibrissea truncorum.

Sunday, June 9, 1 :00 p.m., Granville State Forest, Granville, MA with Paul Thomas.
This walk at Granville State Forest begins and ends at the HQ (323 West Hartland Road) where there should be sufficient parking in the lot. The hike is moderate with slight elevation changes and some easy wetland traversal and proceeds via 1. HQ Trail North to 2. Corduroy Trail to 3. CCC Trail to 4. HQ Trail South. Link to trail map: https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/12/xy/granville.pdf

Sunday, June 23, 1:00 p.m., Location TBD with Mary Obrzut and Lloyd Hubbard. Location information and directions will be shared via email in mid-June.

Sunday, June 30, 1:00 p.m., Knightville Dam, Huntington, MA with Phil Hadley and Jessica Evans Located off Rte. 11 2 in Huntington: https://corpslakes.erdc.dren.mil/visitors/projects.cfm?ID=E609080. From Westfield, west on Route 20 to Huntington, then north on Route 112 about 4 miles to Knightville Dam Road. Parking available at the picnic area. Easy to moderate trails that parallel the river.

Sunday, July 7, 1:00 p.m. Citizen Science Hike and Workshop with Jessica Evans.
Register for this hike/brief workshop focusing on our club’s participation in the Mycoflora project by emailing Jess directly at JessicaBensonEvans@gmail.com. Location TBD based on registrations.

Sunday, July 14, 10:00 a.m., Huntington State Forest with Phil Hadley. Route 66 to Sampson Road, Huntington. Mixed woods.

Saturday, July 20, 1:00 p.m., 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. Dianna’s cell phone is 914-715-8983. Register at https://www.shantigar.org/mushroom-hunt-july.

Sunday, July 21, 1:00 p.m., Cadwell Forest in Pelham, MA, with Dianna Smith. Amherst Center go East on Main St. through the intersection with Northeast St. At this point Main St becomes Pelham Rd. Follow Pelham Rd past the library to Enfield Rd on your right. Turn onto Enfield Rd and go about one mile. Stay to the left at the first Y intersection. At the second Y intersection, Enfield Rd becomes Packardville Rd. to your left. The gate and parking area to Cadwell Memorial Forest are on your left about 1 00 yds. beyond this intersection. Small parking area. We suggest carpooling. This is an easy wide trail of mixed hardwoods/conifers and crisscrossing streams managed by UMass.

Saturday, July 27, Time TBD. Stay tuned for more details: we hope to hold a summer potluck and pool party! More details will be announced this summer.

Sunday, July 28, 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.

Thursday, August 1 to Sunday, August 4: annual NEMF Foray at Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA. No PVMA walk. To register go to http://www.nemf.org/

Thursday, August 8 to Sunday, August 11: NAMA Foray at Paul Smith’s College, Paul Smiths, NY. To register, go to https://www.namyco.org/events.php

Saturday, August 10, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Houston-Gage Trail in Shutesbury, MA with Jessica Evans. Sparse parking at trailhead – mandatory carpooling from Shutesbury Elementary School, 23 W. Pelham Rd. in Shutesbury. This strenuous 1.7 mile loop trail has several gains and drops in elevation with one very steep downhill portion. Pack a lunch and plenty of water – this is a several-hours journey with all the fungi this trail yields!

Saturday, August 17, 1:00 p.m. Quabbin Gate 15 with guest mycologist Bill Yule and Michael Ostrowski. Route 202 in Shutesbury. See www.mass.gov/files/documents/2017/10/16/quabbin%20fishing%20map.pdf for an idea of where this gate is. Parking in a small gravel area along the road- please do not block the gate. Gradual but strenuous downhill towards the reservoir, with mixed woods and streams.

Monday, August 19 at noon to Friday August 23 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. Current PVMA members only. See the “Forays” page in the spring 2019 newsletter for details. Dianna.smith@comcast.net.

Saturday, August 24, 1:00 p.m., Chesterfield Gorge in Chesterfield, MA with Dianna Smith. Take Rte. 9 West from Northampton, approx. 4.4 miles. Take a left onto Rte. 143 W Chesterfield Rd. At intersection of 143 and Ireland St go South 0.8 miles taking a left onto River Rd to parking area. For more information go to www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/. This is a fairly flat trail that follows along the Westfield River. There are numerous interesting fungi. Always a fascinating walk!

Labor Day Weekend: Friday, Aug 30 – Monday, Sept 2, COMA Foray at Hebron, CT. Register beginning in June at http://www.comafungi.org/. No PVMA walk.

Saturday, September 7, 1:00 p.m., Shantigar Foundation in Rowe, MA presentation and walk with Dianna Smith. 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 thewooded area and park in the marked areas on the right. Office is large wooden shed bldg. Dianna’s cell phone is 914-715-8983. Register at https://www.shantigar.org/copy-of-mushroom-hunt-sept

Sunday, September 8, 10:30 a.m, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA: joint walk with the Boston Mycological Club. Directions: Please note: Do not try to find the Forest by typing "Harvard Forest" into a GPS. You must enter the address: 324 North Main Street, Petersham, MA. Exit 1 7 off of Rt. 2/202, Harvard Forest will be on the left. Harvard Forest is a nature classroom that allows Harvard Students to conduct research in a protected setting. This is a rare opportunity to explore this site. Highlights include an old growth stand of eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) and a boardwalk trail through the Black Gum Swamp (Nyssa sylvatica). Common trees include oaks, maples, beech, and pine. The Black Gum and Natural History Trails are flat and easily traversed, however some portions of the trail in the Hemlock stand are very rocky and can be wet during rainy periods. Map: http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/trails-recreation

Sunday, September 22, 1:00 p.m., Stanley Park, 400 Western Ave, Westfield with Jessica Evans and Phil Hadley. Directions: Take Mass Turnpike (Rte. 90) to Westfield exit 3, take a right onto Rte. 1 0/202S, 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 41 3-356-3069.

Saturday, September 28 - Sunday, September 29, Arunah Hill Natural Science Center, 218 Trouble St, Cummington, MA. Joint walk with the Connecticut Valley Mycological Society (CVMS). Join members of CVMS for an astronomy demonstration and overnight camping, followed by a joint foray at 1 0:00 am on Sunday morning. From Northampton take Rte. 9 West to Williamsburg, left onto Rte. 1 43 W towards Chesterfield. Follow Rte. 143 West for about 15 miles, then right onto Trouble St. More information at https://www.facebook.com/arunahhill.

Sunday, October 6 at 1:00 p.m. at Lily Pond, Goshen, with Dianna Smith.  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. Dianna’s cell number is 914-715- 8983.

Sunday, October 13 at 1:00 p.m., Federated Women's Club State Forest in Petersham/New Salem with Jessica Evans. Wide well-trodden mostly flat trails with deep leaf litter in a predominately oak and conifer forest. Directions: From Rte. 202 turn onto Rte. 1 22, 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 20, 1:00 p.m. at Mt. Toby in Sunderland, MA with Dianna Smith. Take Rte. 91 to Deerfield Exit, go East on Rte. 116. After crossing the bridge over the Connecticut River make a left onto Route 47 (N. Main St.) Bear right onto Montague Rd. At border of N. Sunderland and Montague, make a right onto Reservation Rd. Park on the right near the metal gates. (If you go down the road to the lake, you have gone too far).

Sunday, October 27, 1:00 p.m., Rock House in West Brookfield, MA with Mary Obrzut and Lloyd Hubbard. Details and map can be found here: 

Sunday, November 3, 1:00 p.m., Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area in Northampton, MA with Dianna Smith. Cooke Ave entrance. Go to www.broadbrookcoalition.org.files/Fitzgerald_Lake.pdf for map. Meet at parking area on Cooke Ave. Shady mixed hardwood and conifer forest with streams and marked easy trails.


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 dianna.smith@comcast.net.