MDCP Record for 03300401
Collection Date: March 30, 2004
County or City: Oceana
Collector's Notes: No soil temp. taken. Air temp. was in the 50s for about the second or third day in a row. There were still little snow hills in the shady, low-lying areas. However, we did have a LOT of snow in the last half of the winter. It didn't get very cold very often, I've heard people comment that the ground didn't freeze very hard and something about the frost line not being deep (I think) . . . but we did get a ton of snow.
Surrounding area: Natural poplar woods with predominately small (less than 6-8" circumference) trees with some older, bigger pine trees. There are no ferns. (In our other spot, we expect the 'shrooms when the ferns are about 3" high and the fiddles start to unfurl.) We saw one bloomed daffodil, another thing my grandpa always said to look for, but most are still just budding. This find is extraordinarily early though. We usually don't even look before mid-April.
At some point before we found the place, an area (lot sized) had been cleared. See map . . . with indication of where this one was found. We usually find most of our morels either on the hills, or just to the south of the hills. The area is very sandy, with heavy moss on the hills and patchy moss in the surrounding area. That's what made this one so easy to see, considering it was light and small...but it was in the middle of a patch of moss.