A BUNCH of folks asked me to show some habitat videos and such for morels. So, I'm making a few videos over the next few weeks to show just that, where and when I find morels in Michigan; trees, plants, shrubs, soil, ground cover, etc. etc.
These tips are geared toward folks who are hunting yellow or "grey" morels in southeast Michigan where the main host tree is the once all mighty American elm. If you hunt elsewhere the vids will likely still be useful, but it will be up to you to find the host plant, shrub or tree, most everything else will be the same or very similar. If you're a seasoned expert then these vids are probably gonna be old news, maybe not. :)
This video is covering soil type, ground cover, early warning signs of fruiting, and maybe a couple other things I can't recall right now. Here it is: http://youtu.be/PV_4QtmlgmE
Morels in northern Ohio, southern Michigan and the northern lower all have in common sandy loam soil, black or almost black with lots of sand and tiny seashells mixed in. I RARELY find morels in any other soil. For me personally, soil type is the most important factor in finding any morel period whether it be a half free, black, yellow, grey, or white...or brown, LOL! Sandy loam is the one ingredient that is "most" always present. The trees may change, the lay of the land may be different, but the soil is always sandy loam. But honestly, the words always and mushrooms go together about as good as two left shoes, this season with it's unusually warm weather is a real good example of that.
The area shown in the vid is by far the best morel habitat I've found in any of these locations and it pays off every year with lots of morels. It isn't to say you won't find them elsewhere, but you will probably increase your odds big time by looking for these features. One other benefit, not mentioned in the vid, this area has going for it a nice gentle slope down to the north. Yellow morels like gentle slopes and north facing hills retain more moisture.
I hope this helps anyone who is struggling to get good advice on shrooms.