Yes, that does mean that I am Best Friend's Forever with my Bird's Nest Fungus. Sad but true. But listen, while I was out checking my stash 'o' fungus, I found a couple of BNs with their lids still on! You are excited too, I can tell. I brought one home so I could get a good pic to share because I know you want to see (I'm sure).
Isn't that great? (Isn't it also great that I only posted one pic out of twenty-eight?)
The lid is called an epiphragm and protects the little "eggs", the peridioles until they are ready. Right now the epiphragm is sqoodgey, yet firm, to the touch.
Furthermore, I have to report that this type of Bird's Nest Fungus does not have the little cords on the ends of the "eggs" that wrap around twigs when ejected out of the nest by a raindrop. I was looking and looking for these so called cords with no luck. I could see that the peridioles quite plain as day, without a magnifying glass, did not have any cords. I could see, on the forest floor, peridioles here and there on the forest floor, quite close to the nests, but no ejector cord.
Soooo, after further reading I have found that the Nidulariaceae (that's the BNF) are divided into those with cords and those without. According to the "Mushrooms of Western Canada" by Helene M.E. Schalkwijk-Barendsen, the nidula, nidulari do not have cords but are imbedded in gel and the crucibulum and the cyathus kind do have the cords. So, depending what you find, you will discover different "insides". I'm not completely sure what I have, but I think it is Nidula candida
I will keep you updated.