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What It Takes To Find Morel Mushrooms

Jun 06, 2021
Greetings everyone, I'm Adam Harrington, I'm out on this beautiful day and it's a beautiful day for many reasons, one of which is this right here, so this is a

morel

and there are a lot of morals around here, there's one right behind. I there is one there there is one there there is one there there is one right behind the tree and there is one looking a little horizontal behind me so clearly there are a lot of

morel

s in this area and

what

I want to do is talk very briefly about some of these points of those of us who talked about in the last video in the last video I talked about six reasons why you can't

find

morels, but I wasn't actively looking for morels that day clearly I found morels today and so I want to go over those points in the context of why I was able to

find

morels today because a lot of people are still having trouble finding morels this season and if that's you, I hope that after watching this video your skills improve and you find a lot of morels.
what it takes to find morel mushrooms
So the first thing I mentioned about why you're not finding morels is that you're not looking hard enough and the question is: how hard did I look to find them? I spent hours looking for them. Did I find them? them right away, like

what

did it take to find them? Well, the truth is, I wasn't really looking much for these. I was here for a completely different reason and the reason was that I was looking for the tulip poplar. lyriodendron tulipifera to film the document and photograph it and sometimes that's right, you just get lucky, but you have to spend time outside and that was the point why I said you have to look a lot, just be outside at least. because you're not really going to find murals growing inside your house unless you're intentionally trying to grow them or you have some weird mold problems in your basement, otherwise you have to be outside, just go outside and when you're outside maybe you'll run into them if you're lucky, otherwise you'll probably have to keep looking and looking and looking today.
what it takes to find morel mushrooms

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I've just been lucky, sometimes I look actively and will come away empty handed or it may be necessary. It took me an hour to find them, but specifically today when I found these here, I was here for a completely different reason and just happened to find them. The second thing we talked about in the last video is that you have to be in the right habitat if you want to find morels, so obviously I'm in the right habitat, otherwise the morels wouldn't grow here, they only grow in the right habitat, So what kind of habitat is this?
what it takes to find morel mushrooms
Well I'm wondering if you can guess what kind of tree this is here and this is an elm it's an American elm and it's a dead American elm now this one surprised me because it's a smaller tree so it's a younger tree but it's dead and Normally I almost always find morels growing in association with larger dead elms if they grow in association with an elm. Now there are also a lot of tulips around here and if you look behind me, you can see that there is another elm tree. that is a live elm and surprisingly or not there are no morels growing in association with that one over there and right behind that tree is a tulip poplar which is lyriodendron tulipifera so this is a very fertile area the soil is very fertile and I can tell because there are a lot of spring ephemeral plants in this area, there is a lot of garlic mustard here and also a lot of stilts and those plants tend to grow in fertile areas, of course there are exceptions and you will find them growing in other places but Morels don't always tend to grow in fertile areas, but at least here in Western Pennsylvania they grow in association with trees that grow in fertile areas and they grow in soils that are fertile, so this is the perfect habitat for them, in There really aren't many. of elms, I think these might be the only two I see around here, it's mainly tulip poplar habitat and again, that's why I came here to film the tree, but since the soil is suitable, you're also seeing some elms , so not only do you have to be in the right habitat but you have to be in the right habitat at the right time so of course it's the right time or else you wouldn't find morels so what time is it here in western Pennsylvania?
what it takes to find morel mushrooms
Well, it's the peak morel season, which is usually the third or fourth week of April, there are only a couple of days left in the month, so this is the best time to get out and of course, next week and then the week after that, and you know. It's busy season because people are posting pictures of all their finds in Western Pennsylvania and that will continue for a couple of days if not a couple of weeks, so if you had come to this place two weeks ago you probably wouldn't have seen any . I would see a couple of pins here and there, but if I didn't see any and then didn't check this place at least once a week for the next two weeks, I would miss this opportunity completely, so you really have to get out at the right time. in the right habitat, I covered both today.
Another thing we talked about is that it has to be wet for you to find morels, which means it had to have rained recently. So how much rain have we had here? In Western Pennsylvania for the last two weeks not so much, but we've had some, so at least every week, once or twice a week, we've had a little bit of rain and it's been enough for these

mushrooms

to set fruit and that's been great. now. It's been incredibly wet, you know, a lot of the streams are pretty dry, they're not as wide as they used to be or as wide as they could be, you're not seeing any flooding, but it's still pretty early in the spring season so maybe we'll see. more rain to come, but if it was incredibly dry for the last few weeks we probably wouldn't see morels in the numbers we're seeing this year and it's been a pretty good year so far.
Let's say that people who are finding morels or who have been finding morels year after year after year will tell you that yes, this year 2021 has been a pretty good year and it looks like it will continue because some rain is forecast for the end of this week, so It rained a little, you'll probably get some morels too. We also mentioned the importance of developing a search image for morels, so how good was my search image? Well, I guess I was good enough to find them now that I've been hunting. morels for many years, so I like to think I have a very well-honed search image for morels, but every year I have to work on it or at least review it because they catch me by surprise, especially the first ones. that sounds to me like you know there are a lot of other things that look like them, I mean even leaves can look like them, apples can look like them, especially when they first appear.
I know they're not the same color, but it's something that comes out of the ground, sticks and twigs and a parasitic plant known as bear corn, all of these things can look like morels, but the key is that when you see one, just look at it and know that This is what I need. focus on the forest today or tomorrow or the next day or for the next two weeks and then, little by little, that search image will build, you will improve it, you will perfect it and before you know it, I have baskets full of morels, so I would say my search image was pretty good today and the last thing we discussed about why you might not find morels is that maybe someone beat you to that spot and took them all or an animal beat you to it. to that place now clearly someone did not beat me in these morals because I can see them with my eyes.
I'm not just seeing a mirage here like there are literally morels in front of me, but what's interesting is that there is a moral here. It almost looks like someone cut it off at the base and just left it there, but I don't see why anyone would do that without taking it and I don't think they stepped on it. You know, sometimes you're looking for morels that you accidentally step on. on one, but you'd crush it and not make that clean cut you see there, so I don't know what's going on with that one, I guess I'll never really know, but no one beat me to the spot and even if that's perfectly fine?
I would be perfectly fine with that. I really wouldn't be mad in the least because I wasn't even here to look for morels. I was here to film a tree and I just got lucky and I'm happy with that. but even if someone beat me to it when I was actively looking for morels, like I was going somewhere hoping to find them, I'd be fine, like I wouldn't care much about that stuff anymore, I think maybe in a few years. or many years ago in the early days, I guess I would care a lot more, but it wouldn't really bother me too much anymore because you know, I would just think well, what if it was someone who had just found morels for the first time? a little boy who found morels for the first time and that made him very happy and it made his parents happy and that would make me feel good and I would really do it and I'll just say one more thing about this area.
I was surprised that someone didn't beat me to this spot because it's a pretty busy area, it's a pretty popular general area, maybe not this specific spot because I had to go down a little valley and I got a lot of ticks. on me and maybe the ticks scared a lot of people, but that didn't keep me away. I kept moving forward and you know I found these and I'm perfectly fine with that so if you don't find morels it could be because someone beat you to it but keep looking and looking and looking because there's probably some woodpecker affiliated with you so I hope you enjoyed this video, I hope it clears up some confusion and I hope it improves your skills in finding these highly sought after but very elusive

mushrooms

known as morels.
I don't consider them easy to find or with a lot of imagination. I got lucky today, but you know some other things were working in my favor. It rained a little. in the right habitats the perfect time of year is the peak season here in Western Pennsylvania no one beat me to this location my search image was very good so all those things worked in my favor to be able to find them and I know there are many More morels in this general area because I saw a couple more, so I'm going to look around and see what else I can find.
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