Welcome to the Vinalhaven Sightings Report – October 25th 2019
Brought to you with pleasure by MCHT and VLT
Blip - #3 coral, jellies, clubs, and an earthball.
PSA – You should be wearing orange when out in the woods these days – it is deer hunting time in Maine. Currently we are in archery season and while there are certainly less of these hunting types, youth day is approaching quickly (October 26), with fire arm season (Nov 2-30) and muzzleloader/expanded archery extending the season until mid-December (Dec 14). Exciting times in the woods, for sure. Good idea to get in the habit of orange hats, jacket, vest, gloves, etc. just to announce your presence a little more. Especially when close to deer habitat which is pretty much the entire island.
There is no hunting statewide on Sundays and never hunting on the Lane’s Island Preserve.
|this is the earthball - poisonous pigskin puffball.|
not a puffball at all really
And so…..it’s been a while, the entire staff at the VSR was gone, outta state, outta mind for a stretch. To make a long story short, the VSR was placed on the royal “backburner” maybe a dozen times over the last two months. Things collected – piled up really, some good stuff too. We have now come to the conclusion that we won’t have enough time in one “fell swoop”, so instead we will be making “little swoops” – kind of blips and bleeps, “shorties” for those Aqua Teen Hunger Force fans – and so here they come.
|here's another view|
Thanks of course to all those who have shared and continue to share sightings – natural and beyond – because sharing is what the VSR is all about. Send your photos, stories and emails to firstname.lastname@example.org – it’s what the cool kids are doing!
|yellow tipped coral - Ramaria formosa|
New stuff – What a late summer/fall for Coral Mushrooms – Clavariaceae. Bunches of coral could be found along trails, clumped along roots and underground wood the Coral fungi were/are decomposing.
Maybe I did not find “all the colors of the rainbow” in the coral mushrooms over the last month (and maybe you did), but there was quite a variety of shades and shapes to be found simply walking down the trails…
White Coral – Ramariopsis kunzei -
|love clustered coral|
Clustered Coral (Ramaria botrytis) –
As of late - Grey Coral - Clavulina cinerea -
Crested Coral (Clavulina cristata)
|violet branched coral|
Violet-branched Coral (Clavulina amethystine) –
Spindle-shaped Yellow Coral – Clavulinopsis fusiformis -
|irregular earth tongue|
not a pleasant name necessarily
Earth Tongues (Family Helotiales) are sometimes referred to as “coral mushroom wannabes”, but not when I’m around! They are cool, oddly shaped (judgment), and are pretty much the only representative of the Ascomycetes in this post, and probably the rest of the current wave of blips. The kingdom of Fungi is divided in two groups – the Ascomycetes (Subdivision Ascomycotina) and Basidiomycetes (subdivision Basidomycotina) – and the difference is in the development of spores. Ascomycetes’ spores develop in round, saclike microscopic structures called “asci”. Basidiomycetes’ spores develop “on appendages protruding from variously designed(usually club-shaped) microscopic structures known as basidia. Anyway, the photos and discussion often focus on Basidiomycetes.
Current on the trails (10/23) – and with all that here is a ascomycetes – Irregular Earth Tongues – Neolecta irregularis. On most trails – in most trails! Decomposing roots, usually smaller and less clumpy than the spindle shaped coral mentioned above.
|common earth tongue |
|also known as jelly babies!|
Another ascomycetes somewhat recently has been – Ochre Jelly Club – Leotia lubrica. Lovely.
|ochre jelly club|
|yellow tuning fork|
|bears head tooth|
Another “coral like” – but more of the hanging sort is “Bear’s Head Tooth” or Hericium americanum.
More to come!