Mushroom Foraging or the Art of Mycology
Due to its climate, the Pacific Northwest produces a majority of commercially valuable wildly harvested mushrooms. Washington State is particularly well situated for a cornucopia of wild mushrooms. If you are already an expert, then you probably already have your favorite secret spots marked out. If you are new to the mycological world, don’t worry, there are tons of websites and organizations dedicated to help you on your way to safely starting to forage.
The most important part of mushroom foraging is identification. There are so many thousands of types of a fungus, many of which are poisonous, so getting the details correct is essential. Whether you’re hunting for chanterelles, morels or dozens of other delicacies, you’re in the right place. And if mushroom foraging seems like something you’d like to become serious about, look into joining the Puget Sound Mycological Society. The society holds monthly meetings for members and additionally classes and special events. They have a very inexpensive annual fee and provide a lot of benefits to members including field trips, newsletters, book discounts and even mushroom identifications before each meeting. Where to look for mushrooms really depends on the type you’re looking for.
So for the novice searcher, taking a class or joining a group would really help point you in the right direction. Mushroom foraging 101 gives a visual guide to basic mushroom identification and where to start looking specifically in Western Washington.
http://mushroaming.com/Pacific_Northwest is also a great visual reference/guide to mushroom identification specifically in the PNW.
http://northernbushcraft.com/mushrooms/ provides a visual guide to edible mushrooms in the PNW.
Often at the Alderbrook Resort & Spa classes are offered on mushroom foraging for as little as $10 per class.