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ENVIRO GROUP OFFERS MUSHROOM FORAGING ADVICE

The rainy season in Marin brings colorful but sometimes deadly mushrooms. Photo courtesy of Environmental Action Committee of West Marin

According to the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin, the arrival of the rainy season brings a vibrant display of mushrooms — some of which are deadly. Death caps (Amanita phalloides) and Western destroying angels
(Amanita ocreata) are both very deadly and common in Marin County and the Bay Area.
These toxic mushrooms often grow near oak trees, according to the Marin County Parks district, and can be found wherever oak roots exist. During the wet season, poisonous varieties like the death cap and Western destroying angel
flourish, presenting hazards to mushroom gatherers and even pets. The California Poison Control System advises against picking wild mushrooms, especially warning about the perilous amanita species. No mushroom should
be eaten unless it can first be positively identified as edible. Accurately identifying mushrooms, which can appear in various forms, requires time and reliable resources, according to the California Poison Control System. The best way to learn about mushrooms is through local field guides and mushroom societies.
For more information on mushroom foraging, resources and regulations in Marin, visit eacmarin.org/hunting-foraging.

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