When and where should I start looking for morel mushrooms?
Morel mushrooms appear in spring and it varies from year to year. Generally black morels appear first followed by gray and yellow morels.
There are many theories on where to find morels. But one thing is pretty clear and that is morels associate with trees. Morels can be found under just about any tree given the right conditions. However, some trees are more likely to have morels growing around them than others including dead or dying American elm, white ash, and old apple trees. Remember not to trespass on private land when you are out mushroom hunting this spring. Polk County Conservation Board offers an informational program on Morels in April or May at the Jester Park Lodge. Check our Calendar for date and time.