Cold, wet, and windy. That didn’t stop 30 AMS members from making the journey out to Pieter Van Der Schoot’s property near Breton, Alberta. Pieter was gracious enough to welcome us back to his land for a verpa/morel hunt. The soil temps were averaging around 7C and it was clear that we were early to the party. But, as luck would have it, after 2 hours of “beating through the bush”, Christine Costello stumbled upon a patch of morels right in Pieter’s yard. Typical – many of us have foraged for hours only to find mushrooms by our cars when we returned to the parking lot. I forgot to count, but the approximate numbers were 50 Verpa bohemica and 80 Morchella esculenta. Pieter kindly got a large fire going so that people could warm up during lunch. Another memorable day. Thanks Pieter!

Date:  Sunday, May 19, 2024. 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Private Land West of Breton

Foray Leader(s):  Ryan Armishaw

Attendees: 30

Weather: Cold, wet, windy. Drizzle. We reached a high of 7C.

Terrain: Hilly, groomed trails throughout. A wide variety of mature forest habitats.

Finds: Verpa bohemica (50) Morchella esculenta (80)

Listed below are the names of specimens found – names may not necessarily reflect the most current scientific genus

  1. Verpa bohemica
  2. Morchella esculenta
  3. Gyromitra esculenta