Speaker Series October 18th at 7:30pm

Please join us on Zoom this coming Tuesday, October 18th at 7:30pm for our online Speaker Series. 

BeeMushroomed, how Fungi can help give bees a chance

Paul Stamets and Fungi Perfecti, makers of Host Defense, have teamed up with Washington State University to study the effects of fungal extracts on bees. Together our efforts have raised over 5 million towards this important cause! We will discuss our past research, future plans and what, as individuals, we can do to give bees a chance.

Presented by Loni Jean Ronnebaum (from Fungi Perfecti)

Loni Jean Ronnebaum aka Ronnebaumanita loniscaria has long been passionate about fungi. She graduated from the Evergreen State College in 2009 with a BS in Mycology and Natural Sciences. In early 2010 she began working in the offices for Fungi Perfecti, presenting at many events around the great PNW. Loni enjoys playing Ukulele as well as drums for the band Inoculated Minds and photographing #googlyeyefungi in her free time. https://fungi.com/blogs/articles/meet-loni

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2022 Cain Foray Registration Opens Soon

Registration for the MST's 2022 Cain Foray will open on Saturday, July 30th at noon, for the initial block of 35 tickets.

The Cain Foray is the MST's annual weekend of mushrooming in the wilderness. Named after founding member Dr. Roy Cain and first held in 1975, this year will be the 44th Cain Foray.

This year's Cain Foray will be held at the Lumina Resort east of Huntsville in the District of Muskoka.

A second block of 35 tickets will be opened for registration on Saturday August 13th at noon, and a third block of 10 tickets will be opened on Saturday September 10th at 8:00pm.

The Cain Foray weekend includes:

  • Barbecue reception on Friday evening
  • Keynote speaker or workshop
  • Guided forays on Saturday and on Sunday morning
  • Informative talks on mushrooms
  • Beach bonfire on Saturday evening
  • Mushroom cook-up and pot-luck lunch on Sunday
  • Dinner on Friday, all meals on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday
  • Use of the resort's amenities including canoes, waterfront, pool, shuffleboard and scenic hiking trails
  • Children under 8 are free
  • 10 spots are available for off-site participants

Expert mycologists are on hand all weekend to discuss and identify your mushroom finds!

More details and online registration are available at https://www.myctor.org/cain

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a great weekend of mushrooming!

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New for 2022: Who can attend the Cain Foray?

The Cain Foray is an intermediate-level event which requires some knowledge about mycology and how to begin identifying species. In the past, new members and those who are new to species identification have found it difficult to participate in the Cain.

For 2022, participation at the 2022 Cain Foray is limited to members who are eligible to attend Introduction to Field Identification walks and Intermediate Field Identification forays.

If you haven't yet qualified for the Introduction to Field Identification level, there will be opportunities in late August and the first weekends of September for you to satisfy the requirements and register for the Cain Foray. A block of Cain Foray tickets will be held for members who qualify at that point.

See more about this change in the Who can Attend the Cain Foray? section of the registration page.


New for 2022: On-site accommodation charges paid separately

In previous years there was one single charge per person for on-site options at the Cain Foray, and this charge included accommodations.

This will be different in 2022: for on-site options, the MST now charges only a registration fee per person. Participants choosing an on-site option will pay for their accommodations directly to Lumina Resort when they arrive and check in on September 23rd. The MST has made this change so that members can benefit from the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit.

Off-site participants do not need to pay the resort.

See more about this change in the Cain Foray Prices and Accommodations sections of the registration page.


Cain Foray and COVID-19

The 2022 Cain Foray will operate normally as much as possible. If last-minute capacity limits or government restrictions are imposed and we have more participants than allowed, a limited number of full refunds will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis to participants who wish to cancel. If there aren't enough voluntary cancellations, registrations will be cancelled with a full refund on a latest-registration-first basis. If there are no last-minute capacity restrictions, the normal Cain Foray cancellation policy will apply.

Participants arriving with or developing COVID-19 symptoms during the event will be sent home to rest and recover. Please note that while the MST's board of directors strongly encourages all those who can be vaccinated to do so, we cannot guarantee the vaccination status of all Cain Foray participants or staff at Lumina Resort. All adult participants will be required to sign a waiver accepting that attendance is at their own risk.

Lumina Resort policy is that masking is required at all times in the indoor public areas of the resort, except while eating in the dining room.

See more about COVID-19 precautions at the Cain Foray in the Cain Foray and COVID-19 section of the registration page.

Questions?

There's a lot more information available on the Cain Foray registration page. See the Frequently Asked Questions section, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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2022 Spring Forays Species List

The species list and foray season summary for spring 2022 are now available at https://www.myctor.org/forays/2022-spring-foray-summary

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Member Book Launch

Member Book Launch: Tuesday November 15, 2022 7:30 p.m

Author: Diane Borsato

Book: Mushrooming: The Joy of the Quiet Hunt, Diane Borsato, illustrated by Kelsey Oseid, 2022 Find the book anywhere books are sold in September 2022 in Canada: The book will be released in March 2023 in the US.

Diane’s new book is a lavishly illustrated guide that explores the fascinating, the delicious, the deadly and the strange world of fungi from the forest to the field to the market - and how mushrooming can radically expand our perspectives, connect us to nature, and quietly enrich our lives.

Borsato will discuss several examples of fungi in contemporary art - and how artists use mushrooms to explore the unexpected wilderness of cities, what happens to our bodies after we die, and new ways for us to perceive the world and ourselves.

Diane Borsato completed an MFA at Concordia in Montreal, and an MA in Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She is an award-winning artist, educator and amateur mycologist and beekeeper - who works closely with other artists and amateur naturalists. She has performed and exhibited in Canada and internationally at venues including the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Power Plant, the AGYU, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Walter Philips Gallery at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Art Centre Fogo Island Arts, the Creative Time Summit, and at the Toronto Biennial of Art. She has been twice nominated for the Sobey Art Award, and she won the prestigious Victor Martin-Lynch Staunton Award, in addition to numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for her work. Diane Borsato is also Associate Professor of Experimental Studio at the University of Guelph in Canada, where she teaches courses exploring live, site-responsive environmental art practices.

Her recent books include Outdoor School: Contemporary Environmental Art (2021) co-edited with Amish Morrell, and MUSHROOMING – A field guide to mushrooms and fungi in contemporary art - launching in Canada in the fall of 2022 and in the US in the spring of 2023. See her work at www.dianeborsato.net

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