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Fighting the Fear Factor of Foraging for Fall Fungi

Tell someone you hunt mushrooms in the fall, and they’ll utter phrases like: “Are you crazy, do you really know what you’re picking?” “Why do you want to do that, aren’t you scared that you might pick and eat a poisonous one?” “You don’t eat those (fall mushrooms) surely, do you?” Statistics related to the frequency of mushroom poisonings are hard to come by, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. While the federal agency says the poisoning …

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Anxiously Awaiting The First Morels Of The Season

Tersh Kepler of Omaha, NE is closely monitoring his yard for the appearance of dandelions. Why? Because, that will be his sign that morel mushrooms have popped up in his river bottom woods. Many folks in Nebraska are getting antsy to head to their morel mushroom picking spots along river and creek woodlands. But, when will the morels emerge? Kepler says the sprouting of dandelions in his Omaha yard will be the indicator, however,  he knows there is more to it. Whether vigilant for dandelion flowers, tree buds, blooming lilacs or flowering woodland …

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Early Season Morels

It is the time of year when folklore and science start to collide. But, about what?  I’ll tell you what. Morel mushrooms! The two aspects of nature begin to clash bout the emergence of the prized, delectable morel mushroom. So, let the coffee shop conversations and the biological banter move forward! Morel mushroom in Elkhorn River bottom woodlands in Sarpy County, NE. Photo by Greg Wagner/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. These are just some of nature’s triggers that prompt longtime gatherers of the succulent …

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Rain Dance, Smell of the Morel

I did a rain dance outside in the front yard of my home in the Metcalfe Park Neighborhood of Omaha, NE earlier this morning. Like the outfit (my jammies)? My poor neighbor, Brian, had to witness the rain dance while backing out of his driveway to go to work, sorry about that, Brian. Hey, precipitation is falling, woo-hoo! As a nature lover, how could one not think about the benefit of this moisture to the soil and, of course, for morel mushrooms in the woods! …

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Morel Mushroom Hunting Outlook on WOWT Outdoors

After talking to area experts, watching nature’s signs and thoroughly checking the weather forecast, I’ll be giving you my best guess as to when the morel mushrooms are expected to emerge in our southeastern Nebraska river bottom woodlands on my WOWT-TV Weekly Outdoor Report. My Son Noah’s gettin’ excited to look for those morels in our woods! And, so am I! Don’t miss The Weekly Outdoor Report which airs on Omaha’s WOWT-TV/Channel 6 and on its website @  www.wowt.com LIVE …

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Moist Thoughts Have Drifted Toward Morels

In the last 24 hours the Omaha-metro area has recorded at least an inch of rain in most locations and more precipitation is continuing to fall! As I glance around our Omaha Office location of Game and Parks, it appears that the grass started greening up almost overnight! I can’t help but think how good all of this moisture is for  …. you got it — the morel mushroom! It may turn out to be a good more mushroom hunting/picking …

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