Wesley Price, founder of the Cape Cod Mycological Society, led a group of almost 30 mushroom enthusiasts on an exploratory walk sponsored by both the Wellfleet and Harwich Conservation Trusts on Saturday, September 28th. The mushroom foragers gathered in the parking area of Wellfleet’s Pilgrim Springs Woodland at 1 p.m. on another superb September day. Tyler Maikath, Land Stewardship & Outreach Coordinator of the Harwich Conservation Trust, organized the participants and introduced mycologist Wesley Price. Dennis O’Connell, President of the Wellfleet Conservation Trust, welcomed the assembly to Pilgrim Springs Fox Island Conservation land, a mix of WCT and Town Conservation holdings.
Wesley Price was eager to explore the Pilgrim Springs Woodlands and wasted no time in finding a first mushroom by the split rail fence before the crowd even left the gathering place.
A show of hands indicated there was a split of experienced gatherers and first timers. The mushroom hunters split up in all directions or trailed Wesley Price to see what he would discover. The directions to bring all finds back to a collection table resulted in a plethora of mushrooms. The expected species of boletes, amanitas, Leccinum, and Tricholoma were included in the finds of over two dozen different types of mushrooms.
Wesley Price leads guided mushroom walks all around Cape Cod. The Farmer’s Market booked him for two fall walks this year. We will be keeping an eye out for his 2020 schedule and let you know what mushroom exploration you might be able to do with him next fall.