Date: July 9, 2015
Leaders: Laurie Jaegers and Frank Bartucca
The foray on July 9, 2015 to Cataloochee had 29 participants, including the leaders. Our featured speaker for the July AMC meeting was Noah Siegel, who was one of the participants. Noah's expertise in identification was a wonderful addition to AMC's regular identification team of Charlotte Caplan and Mike Hopping.
The foray split into three groups in the western portion of Cataloochee. Ed and Sue Brown, Mike Hopping and Charlotte Caplan led the groups along three different trails: Rough Fork Trail, Big Fork Ridge Trail, and the unnamed horse trail along Cataloochee Creek. In addition to a wide variety of fungi, participants in two of the groups were treated to views of elk along the foray route.
After numerous days of rain, the Cataloochee area was damp and hot.
The high temperature of the day was 92, although that temperature was reached at 4pm after the foray had ended. During the collecting portion of the foray, the temperature was in the mid-80s and the weather was mostly sunny. We had lunch, sitting on any chairs we had brought for ourselves, and set up our identification tables under tree cover. Jay Justice stopped by to visit, and members of the foray asked questions about the numerous species distributed about the tables.
We were able to identify 104 species, 7 of which were new to the club.