In Memoriam: Gary Lincoff

The Mycological Society of Toronto, NAMA and the wider world of amateur mycologists is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Gary Lincoff. Gary had an extraordinary impact on the field of mycology. NAMA presents The Gary Lincoff Award for Contributions to Amateur Mycology—an award that Gary himself received in 1986 and that is now given in his honour.

Many of us have well-worn copies of ‘The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms’ (1981) a watershed book for the field of mycology. Gary published and edited several other books over the course of his distinguished career including ‘The Complete Mushroom Hunter, An Illustrated Guide to Finding, Harvesting, and Enjoying Wild Mushrooms’.

He taught courses on mushroom identification and led many forays throughout the United States and internationally.

Gary will be greatly missed by everyone within the North American Mycological Association and its member clubs, including the MST. Our thoughts are with Gary’s family, friends, and colleagues at this difficult time.

March 18 and March 19, 2018 Winter Foray and Presentation: Led by Lawrence Millman

Author-mycologist Lawrence Millman has written 16 books, including such titles as Fascinating Fungi of New England, Last Places, A Kayak Full of Ghosts, Lost in the Arctic, Giant Polypores & Stoned Reindeer, and — most recently — At the End of the World. He has done fungal inventories in places as diverse as Iceland, Honduras, Nunavik, Bermuda, Belize, Western Samoa, and Nantucket island. In 2006, he found a polypore (Echinodontium ballouii) previously thought to be extinct. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Lawrence Millman has given presentations about his travels in the Arctic at the Explorers Club, the University of Alaska, Alaska Pacific University, Cornell, Harvard, the Center for Northern Studies, on BBC and CBC Radio, on the Discovery Channel and National Public Radio, on Icelandic Radio, at Boston University, the New Brunswick Museum, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and over 100 other venues. He has lectured on cruise ships in the Canadian Arctic, Svalbard, Greenland, and Siberia.

Sunday, March 18, 2018 Winter Foray 9:45 am.

Location and Directions are available to signed-in MST members on the foray locations map.

The Foray/walk will be led by Lawrence Millman with an emphasis on discovering cold weather specimens and identifying available polypores. This will be an outdoors event, in potentially changeable weather conditions so please dress accordingly.

Monday March 19, 2018 Presentation at TBG 7:30pm.

Presentation: Cold Adaptations of Fungi. Specimens gathered from Sunday's Foray will also be displayed and available for discussion.

February Meeting Date Changed: Now Feb. 21st

Please be advised that the February 20th meeting has been moved to Wednesday, February 21st. We will be meeting in the library room of the Toronto Botanical Garden.

Jan Thornhill wins for Best Children's Book

Author, illustrator and longtime MST member Jan Thornhill won the 2017 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award on Tuesday for her new book The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk. Huge congratulations to Jan!

Read the full story at 

Find out more about Jan at and keep up with her explorations of fungi at ◊

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