Recently Found Bushcraft, Camping & Outdoor Links

Here is a roundup of some bushcraft, camping & outdoor links that I found out on the web:
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Mungo

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Algonquin Provincial Park Access Points Map

I came across an Algonquin Provincial Park Access Points map created by Algonquin Outfitters. You can read details posted by Randy on their blog, and here is the map below. This is a terrific resource, folks!


View Algonquin Provincial Park Access Points in a larger map

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Mungo

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Recently Found Bushcraft, Camping & Outdoor Links

Here is a roundup of some bushcraft, camping & outdoor links that I found out on the web:
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Mushroom Hunting - Part 1 of 4

I went for another mushroom hunting / photographing trip to the York Region Forest. Here is the first installment of 4 posts - I don't want to overwhelm with too many images. Lots of specimens I'm not familiar with here, but I'll learn them in time - and you can give me suggestions in the comments at the bottom of this post if you see something familiar.

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An odd sight indeed - a gall which has formed on a raspberry cane - normally I have only seen these on the stalks of Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis). It sure makes for a spiky looking home for the larvae of the Goldenrod Gall Fly (Eurosta solidaginis).

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Unknown specimen.

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Pear-shaped Puffball (Lycoperdon pyriforme).

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Unknown specimen.

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Pine woods - the cover and composition of the 300 + hectares varies enormously - from Pine to Cedar to Trembling Aspen and more.

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Unknown specimen.

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Unknown specimen.

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Pear-shaped Puffball (Lycoperdon pyriforme).

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Fat wood from a decayed pine tree root / trunk. The wood here was extremely hard, and once I was able to cut some off with my knife, it smelled richly of turpentine and resins. I ignited some and it burned fiercely.

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Unknown specimen.

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Unknown specimen.

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A Wooly Bear (Pyrrharctia isabella) caterpillar is the larva state of the common moth known as the Isabella tiger moth.

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Velvet Foot, also known as Velvet Shank (Flammulina velutipes).

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Unknown specimen.

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Unknown specimen.

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Mungo

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Mungo's Expanded Universe: Bushcraft, Military & Intelligence Affairs, and Adult ADHD

In addition to my interest in bushcraft, camping, the outdoors, and nature photography (and a strange mushroom fetish), I also blog and tweet about the following interests:

Tweets about Military, Intelligence & International Affairs at @MungosMilIntel. So for all of you interested in current events taking place around Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, North Dakota, Pakistan, Terrorism, Counter terrorism, Intelligence, Counter intelligence, Spying, Military issues, and a whole bunch more - well, subscribe to my tweets and prepare to explore the shady world outside of our comfortable daily routines.

Blog postings about Adult ADHD at MungosADHD.com. I was diagnosed with Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) earlier this year, an early-onset neuropsychiatric disorder that affects 4% (1 in 23) of adults (look around a room, and you'll see one of us - purple hair, 8 fingers per hand and other unusual physical characteristics). Its pathophysiology is thought to involve the dopaminergic and nor-adrenergic pathways associated with attention control and impulsivity - these are networks of circuits in your brain that are 'powered' by neurotransmitters and shunt information all about. Oh, look! A ...bird!

Welcome to an expanded Mungo Universe - and welcome to new areas of my life.

Cheers,

Mungo, Mungo and Mungo.



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Inspiring New Bushcraft Blog

I've just come across Andy's Belfast Bushcraft Blog - and if I could make the time between my busy schedule these days, I'd be fitting in a lot more of what he is demonstrating - trying out and making figure-4 deadfall traps, fishing floats, harpoon points, water-bottle filter, and making primitive arrow heads.

Reading his posts has inspired me. I think my next project will be to make a fish seine net or gill net from string - I made half of one with some flimsy cotton string a few months back, but I want to make a serious one which I can use for some primitive fishing.

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Recently Found Bushcraft, Camping & Outdoor Links

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Mushroom Hunting in York Region Forest, Southern Ontario Greenbelt

I went for a lunchtime hike in a forest tract near my work, just a quick drive north recently. I found a bazillion mushrooms and fungi. My succinct and colourful report is below:

York Region Forest - Southern Ontario Greenbelt - Mushroom Hunting
But it starts badly - this specimen is officially driving me crazy. I can't figure out what it is. It is gilled. It appears to have a shaggy cap. I initially suspected genus Pleurotus, but I think not. Can someone help please? In fact, any help I can get with the many 'unknown specimens' listed below would be much appreciated.

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Unknown specimen. Don't worry. It gets better.

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Unknown specimen. No really. You'll start seeing names.

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Unknown specimen. Honestly. Just bear with me.

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The woods. Part of the hundreds of forested acres in which I tramped and bumbled about.

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Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor).

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Honey Mushroom (Armillaria gallica), a parasitic fungus that will eventually kill the living trees that make up their hosts.

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A game trail that I found leading through the woods.

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Black Knot (Dibotryon morbosum).

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Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor).

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Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor).

York Region Forest - Southern Ontario Greenbelt - Mushroom Hunting
Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor).

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Unknown specimen.

York Region Forest - Southern Ontario Greenbelt - Mushroom Hunting
Wolf's Milk or Toothpaste Slime (Lycogala epidendrum).

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The woods.

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Unknown specimen.

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Tree with grape vine coil imprints.

York Region Forest - Southern Ontario Greenbelt - Mushroom Hunting
Appalachian Chanterelle (Cantharellus appalachiensis). Edible.

York Region Forest - Southern Ontario Greenbelt - Mushroom Hunting
Appalachian Chanterelle (Cantharellus appalachiensis). Yum.

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Velvet Foot, also known as Velvet Shank (Flammulina velutipes).

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Remains of a crow. Not edible.

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Old stone wall - I found some rusted metal sheets protruding from under the soil - perhaps an old homestead or farm building.

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Depressed region in woods - possibly an old building was once here.

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Dead Man's Fingers.

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Unknown specimen- I really want to know what this is though!

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Blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides).
"Native Americans used various preparations of the root of Caulophyllum thalictroides medicinally to treat rheumatism, toothaches, profuse menstruation, indigestion and stomach cramps, fits and hysterics, genito-urinary disfunction, gallstones, and fever, as an aid in childbirth, and as a general tonic (D. E. Moermann 1986)."
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Soft Puffball (Lycoperdon molle).

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Soft Puffball (Lycoperdon molle).

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Unknown specimen. Looks like a Boletus of some kind - nice shape! Anyone know what this is?

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Wolf's Milk or Toothpaste Slime (Lycogala epidendrum). While most of these are bright yellow, or orange, as they age they will turn deep grey or brown or black.

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Unknown specimen. Gilled. Small.

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Soft Puffball (Lycoperdon molle). You can see the size of it relative to the pine needles.

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Soft Puffball (Lycoperdon molle). Edible when white like this, just fry it up in some butter with pepper and salt.

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I believe this is a Silky Pinkgill (Entoloma sericeum). I would appreciate it if anyone could confirm this for me - I'm not very certain. Cute little umbonate top.

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Here I am about to flick a Soft Puffball (Lycoperdon molle) to demonstrate how a spore cloud will be emitted from the hole at the top of the fungus, to spread the spores for reproductive purposes. Well, actually I'm just doing it for fun, but call it what you will. The spores can be used in an emergency as a wound clotter (anticoagulant).

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Flicked Soft Puffball (Lycoperdon molle) showing the resultant spore cloud.

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Honey Mushroom (Armillaria gallica), a parasitic fungus that will eventually kill their living tree hosts. How rude and boorish.

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Again, Dead Man's Fingers fungus, so named because they look like the mummified fingers of a corpse sticking out from the ground of the cemetery. Charming. Not edible. Thankfully.

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Pear-Shaped puffball (Morganella pyriformis) - some may be pear-shaped as the name suggests, but often are spherical. These are mature and dry - the spore mass within completely dried, brown and powdered (or wet and sodden due to the wetness of the ground).

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Here is a view of a forest regeneration area again.

York Region Forest - Southern Ontario Greenbelt - Mushroom Hunting
Bumblebee on Azure Aster (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense).

York Region Forest - Southern Ontario Greenbelt - Mushroom Hunting
Chicken Fat Mushroom or American Slipperycap (Suillus americanus). Edible.

York Region Forest - Southern Ontario Greenbelt - Mushroom Hunting
Chicken Fat Mushroom or American Slipperycap (Suillus americanus).

York Region Forest - Southern Ontario Greenbelt - Mushroom Hunting
Milkweed pods.

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Chicken Fat Mushroom or American Slipperycap (Suillus americanus). Closeup of the pores underneath the cap.

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I believe this is a member of the genus Inocybe - the Fibrecap. Many are poisonous and at least one is deadly. Note the umbonate cap (conical, or bump on the top). Can't confirm the specimen though.

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Same one as above, but flipped over. I believe this is a member of the genus Inocybe - the Fibrecap. This is a gilled mushroom - hence the gills.

York Region Forest - Southern Ontario Greenbelt - Mushroom Hunting
Chicken Fat Mushroom or American Slipperycap (Suillus americanus). When wet, they get slippery or gelatinous on top - hence the name Slipperycap.

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Chicken Fat Mushroom or American Slipperycap (Suillus americanus). Younger specimens are lighter yellow, and as they age, they become brown.

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Delightful closeup of deer scat (poop). Poopus Deerus.

York Region Forest - Southern Ontario Greenbelt - Mushroom Hunting
Milkweed pods. You can boil or fry up the immature seed pods and eat them.

York Region Forest - Southern Ontario Greenbelt - Mushroom Hunting
Chicken Fat Mushroom or American Slipperycap (Suillus americanus). With my Swiss Army Knife for scale.

York Region Forest - Southern Ontario Greenbelt - Mushroom Hunting
Stalks of the second year growth of the Great or Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus). These biennial plants will form the rosette flower the first year, and the stem emerges on the second year. With Mullein, you can eat the root in the first year, but it loses starches and gets quite fibrous in the second year. You can use the stalks in this stage as fire-drills to make fire.

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Milkweed pods and seeds. Carl Linnaeus named the genus after Asclepius, the Greek god of healing, because of the many folk-medicinal uses for the milkweed plants.

York Region Forest - Southern Ontario Greenbelt - Mushroom Hunting
Bumblebee on Azure Aster (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense).

York Region Forest - Southern Ontario Greenbelt - Mushroom Hunting
Forest regeneration region, dotted with young conifers.

York Region Forest - Southern Ontario Greenbelt - Mushroom Hunting
Pine woods amongst mixed deciduous trees. Deciduous means that the leaves are shed by means of a thin region of cells that are programmed to die in the late fall, triggered by temperature and/or light changes. Once this thin region dies, the leaf becomes unstable and falls off at the division point. Conifer leaves (needles) do not do this fancy trick. Clever conifers.

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Mungo. Growing back his goatee and needing a haircut. But otherwise looking rather dashing.

York Region Forest - Southern Ontario Greenbelt - Mushroom Hunting
Mungo with fancy spinning background. He will not reveal his secret to this photograph, other than a tiny hint: He took it while spinning around, and looking deeply into the camera lens.

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Unknown specimen, unlike the fellow above this photo.

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Soft Puffball (Lycoperdon molle).

Okay. That's it. Lots of fungus for you to digest. Except for the poisonous specimens. Hope you've enjoyed the trip - please leave comments below if you feel so inclined.

Cheers,

Mungo

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