Meetings for 2004-2005

Monday, October 18, 2004

Speaker: Dr. Greg Thorn, Department of Biology, University of Western Ontario

Subject: Mushrooms and Mushrooming in Costa Rica

Description: Related his mushrooming adventure and the fungi he collected during field work in Costa Rica.


Monday, November 22, 2004

Speaker: Professor Tom Volk, Department of Biology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Subject: 'shrooms in da 'hood (Importance of Fungi in Urban and Suburban areas)

Description: Tom is a popular speaker at many amateur and professional mycological events throughout North America, including many NAMA and NEMF forays. He teaches courses on Mycology, Medical Mycology, Plant Biology, Plant-Microbe Interactions and Latin & Greek for Scientists. Besides dabbling in mushroom cultivation, he works on the genera Morchella, Hydnellum, Armillaria, and Laetiporus. Tom has conducted fungal biodiversity studies in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Alaska, and Israel. You can view his web site <> which has more than 1000 photos of fungi from all taxonomic groups.


Monday, February 21, 2005

Speaker: Nancy Ironside, Retired Physician, MST member from Orillia

Subject: Questions & Answers from 10 Years of Collecting

Description: Nancy shared with us many stories, the whys and wherefores, challenges, images and joys that have kept her enthralled in the monumental task of observing and recording the fungal species of two properties over the many years. Also, she provides the results of these labours for all to view on her wonderful web site. It contains detailed descriptions of her collections and many photos. Her site is at:


Monday, March 21, 2005

Speaker: Michael Warnock & Colleagues

Subject: A New Adventure : Slime Moulds

Description: The Myxomycetes (Slime Moulds) are a group of organisms often encountered on forays. They do appear in forms quite similar to fungi, and thus have been traditionally studied by mycologists. The MST Myxomycete Study Group put on a presentation to introduce these fascinating organisms, and displayed some of the species (20+) collected during the 2004 Cain Foray in September. A microscope was set up to view some of the previously dried species on wood background. This presentation was extremely well received by the members present.


Monday, April 18, 2005, 7:30 p.m.

Annual General Meeting for 2004-2005

Speaker: Walter Sturgeon, Mycologist

Subject: LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! Interesting mushrooms and their substrates

Description: Walter Sturgeon, from Ohio, a renowned Mycologist, a prize-winning photographer and a master identifier who assisted us with the identification of species at our Cain Forays for over a number of years now, will be with us again to share more of his knowledge about fungi.