If the cooler days get you in the mood to take a tramp(no, not her!) in the woods. You might find some black trumpet and oyster mushrooms while you're at it. We have had a couple pretty good days lately. And, if you like chicken mushrooms, you'll probably find a few of those too.
My oldest son is the only one in our family that like the chicken mushrooms. I usually leave them unless he's going to be home. The black trumpets are great in soups and sauces. They add a great mushroom flavor to anything the are used in. The also freeze well. Won't be long 'till the sheepheads start popping. Last year was a banner year for them
Lions mane might be our favorite of all mushrooms. They are also one that we rarely find. I spent a few hours cutting grape vines and looking for mushrooms today. Only found a few chants and some old oysters. Supposed to rain tomorrow. Sunday might be a little better.
You know, I look for chaga all the time. I have never found a single piece. A hollow on my land is filled with birch(sweet birch) and I have looked on the river birch along our creek and all the birches in the northern part of our state. A friend founds a bunch on his son's property-I think it's in Clearfield county.
Yes - More energy and it helps with flexing the joints. If the yellow birch or white birch are damaged it seems to appear there. Sometimes it can be high up in the tree. Fall and winter are the best times to find it.