North Umpqua River Fish Count
Not much has changed here in the past years except the lack of fish to count.
Earlier this year my good friend showed me a fossil she found while looking for agates along the rivers edge. As the dams are being removed, in attempt to restore our historic Rogue River to her formerly Salmon and Steelhead rich bountiful glory. Our local river banks provide a amature geologist or courious rock hounds day of treasure hunting very rewarding.
After she showed it to a few friends who suggested she have it checked out, someone suggested Theodore Fremd with the University of Oregon who she emailed at that time.
I for one have been very excited to learn more about this unique discovery for those who have been lucky to have had a chance to look at this unique fossil up close and personal it’s more than obvious that it is of a prehistoric era.
A few days ago she recently received a call from Mr. Fremd who informed her he did get her email, but had been in Colorado all summer. He expressed interest in the fossil and asked if she would be willing to bring it out for him to see as he was heading back our way. He said he would be spending time at the John Day Fossil Beds National Park Service until the beginning of September. She could either bring it out to him or up to the University when he returned.
Today was the day we drove up to the University of Oregon, 304 Volcanology Bldg. We did not have an appointment as he had explained that in he event he was not available that she could still bring it in and have it properly submitted to the University to have it on recorded for research.
We made our way through the beautiful historic brick buildings through the University’s winding pathways leading to the Volcanology Bldg. We wondered around until we found a open door. A lovely lady named Marli who took the time to talk to us said she was unsure of what process to properly submit the fossil was. She expressed real interest in it when we showed it to her. She first commented it could be from the Hornbrook Formation. However after learning it was found along the Rogue River. She then explained to us, that the area where it was discovered between Canyonville and the California border, that there were many gold mining areas and areas equally rich with Jurassic- Cretaceous stitching plutons, mostly granitic.
It was a pleasure meeting her, and I am happy to add my personalised autograph copy of her book, Roadside Geology of Oregon Second Edition, to my collection. 🙂
Book by Marli B. Miller
Our adventure continues as we plan on returning to the University of Oregon again very soon to meet with Theodore Fremd…
Until then ~ Happy Adventuring…..
This young Buck was fearlessly gorging on acorns in our yard today. Hope he makes it through the season this year. He is a studly young fellow! Photo by: Krysta Garrison
Today turned out to be a great day. My boyfriend sold a ladder on Craigslist. The man asked if we could deliver it so I rode out with him. The house we went to was not only historical built in 1929 but is round architecture. A unique home design concept. The man was friendly and happy to give us a tour all four stories and share what he knew about the house.I got a pic for my collection on our way out. 🙂I looked up the house on-line and found a great article that I’d like to share.
Where to Go & What to Do……
I am happy to say we will be playing in Grants Pass back at the Cedarwood Saloon for great dancing to classic rock, blues and country at Cedarwood Saloon this Saturday . On behalf of the band and myself. I just want to say we love playing at the Wood, and want to thank them for having us back. With an awesome live venue, great food, and the friendliest crew in Grants Pass. Please stop on by if you’re out this way. For Saturday Music At The Wood with Tim Mitchell Beatswork’nBand.
Thank you…. BWB (:
Cedarwood: Local Live Entertainment Venue
Event: Saturday Music At The Wood
Located: 1345 Redwood Ave. Grants Pass Or.
Saturday January, 24th 2015
West Coast Wild Mushroom Hunting – Season 2015 is around the corner if your experienced or a new to Mushroming. Found in damp conifer forests of the Pacific Northwest are the ideal breeding ground for edible wild mushrooms, and there’s no better place to find them than in Oregon, where the fungi have become a big business. Mushroom gathering, however, comes with its dangers–lawless harvesters will try to protect lucrative hunting grounds from hobbyists, and poisonous mushrooms often masquerade as their edible counterparts. But if you know where to go and what you’re looking for, wild mushroom hunting in Oregon can be well worth the risks.
Types – Oregon’s wild mushrooms are some of the most delectable in the world. Hunters can earn big bucks for a single day’s harvest, so it’s no wonder hobbyists and commercial pickers alike scour the state in search of the valuable fungi. The most popular–and tastiest–mushrooms found in Oregon are morels, golden chanterelles, king boletes and American matsutakes. Other edible species include the horn of plenty, the spreading-hedgehog, the shaggy parasol, the coral tooth, the black picoa and the Oregon white truffle.
When to Go – In general, the time to hunt for mushrooms is in the spring and fall when warm, wet weather provides ideal growing conditions. Each species, however, has its own “best” season. Edible morels are more abundant in the spring, and golden chanterelles and American matsutakes do better in the late summer and fall. King boletes can be found year-round depending on where you go–fall to spring at low elevations and late spring to summer in the high country.
Where to Go – Wild mushrooms can be found throughout Oregon’s conifer and hardwood forests. Mycorrhizal mushrooms such as boletes and matsutakes rely on trees to survive, so it makes sense to look for them in heavily forested areas with lots of pine trees. Morels, on the other hand, fruit best in logged out or burned areas, so you’ll want to search in clear-cuts or after a forest fire. Look for golden chanterelles in the state’s hardwood forests. Always get permission from property owners if you intend to search on private land.
Permits – Personal use permits are required in most of the state’s forests although they are usually free. They grant the holder the right to either one or two pounds of mushrooms per day, depending on where you go. Commercial permits, which waive the collection limits but must be purchased, are required on all public lands in the state. Requirements change frequently, so check with the Cascade Mycological Society for updated information and for a list of Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management offices in the state.
Cascade Mycological Society P.O. Box 110, Eugene, Oregon 97440, cascademyco.org
Things to Watch Out For – The most important thing to be careful of while hunting wild mushrooms, by far, are the look-alikes–mushrooms that resemble their edible brethren. Some of these, like the aptly named death-cap, are toxic and are responsible for more than half of all mushroom-related fatalities–they are also common in Oregon. Take an illustrated guide book when you go and, if there is any doubt, don’t pick it.
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