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See fungi from around the Northwest at Wild Mushroom Show

Northwest Mushroomers presents its annual display of mushrooms and all things mycological from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in the community building at Bloedel-Donovan Park, near Electric Avenue and Alabama Street. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and free for children 12 and younger.

Club members have been collecting specimens of all kinds of fungi from around the region since the rains returned in September. They're labeled and placed in lifelike settings for viewing, and club members are available to answer questions, offering advice on a good field guide and where and when to hunt for certain species of edibles. But don't count on a seasoned mushroomer directing you to a favorite collecting spot.

Mushrooms form a symbiotic relationship with their forest hosts, said club member Margaret Dilly of Whidbey Island. That's why certain kinds of edibles -- such as the prized morels and chanterelles -- are found near specific kinds of trees. Mushrooms are part of a network of fungi that live underground, and in autumn they "fruit" with a mushroom that ripens and releases spores to reproduce.

Have a mushroom in your yard that you are curious about? Snap a photograph or bring it to the show and members would be happy to identify it for you.

Membership in Northwest Mushroomers offers access to field trips and mushrooming classes at $15.75 for individuals and families and$10.75 for students. Learn more at Northwest Mushroomers.org.

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