Jan Thornhill wins for Best Children's Book

Jan Thornhill wins $30K award for best Canadian 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 cbc.ca: http://www.cbc.ca/books/jan-thornhill-wins-30k-award-for-best-canadian-children-s-book-1.4405411 

Find out more about Jan at janthornhill.com and keep up with her explorations of fungi at weirdandwonderfulwildmushrooms.blogspot.ca. ◊

2017 Fall Dinner November 13th

Mushroom dinner

We are very pleased to announce that our Fall Mushroom Dinner will be held on Monday, November 13th at our favourite Piatto Restaurant.

Please join us for an evening of fun, friendship and fine dining!

Seating is limited to 90 persons - it's always a sell-out so reserve early.

The price is $60 per person. Please pay online at http://www.myctor.org/events/dinner.

For further information please contact Joanne Hamblin, MST President at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

North American Mycoflora Project

Received from Gene Kremer, NAMA Great Lakes Region Representative:

The goal of the original North American Mycoflora Project, launched in 2012, is to create the first comprehensive mycoflora of North American macrofungi.

The goals of the citizen science part of the Mycoflora Project, developed for the July 2017 workshop at the Mycological Society of America, are:

  • Create a two-way flow of information between amateur naturalists and professional scientists to document, analyze, voucher and conserve collections in fungariums on a scale and at a rate unattainable by professionals working on their own.
  • Harness the enthusiasm of individual amateurs and clubs around the country to do high-quality citizen science, simply and inexpensively, providing them with tools to generate robust biodiversity data.
  • Document areas with high fungal endemism, to identify areas in need of conservation by:
    • Helping amateurs create checklists linked to online documentation, vouchers and sequences.
    • Helping amateurs expand checklists into local mycofloras that include all credible observations posted anywhere, plus synoptic keys, descriptions, and geographic and phenology information.

The NAMA Mycoflora Committee is currently looking for volunteers who are interested in making a difference towards the mycoflora project goals - either as formal members of the committee or as volunteer efforts. Below you will find specific areas we need assistance for this year. If you are interested in pursuing one of these specific areas, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Areas of need are:

Mycoflora Project Public Launch Working Group
We are in need of individuals who will help create and execute a formalized PR plan for traditional and social media channels in the next couple of months. We need help designing a message calendar, creating PR materials, sending releases, and everything else that goes with implementing a major PR push. If you have a background in this area, or know people that do, your help could bring a significant contribution towards this project.

Club Outreach Working Group
Throughout this year, we will be working to organize mushroom clubs from across the country to participate in this project. Individuals working towards this goal will get clubs the information they need to participate, arrange speaking slots/workshops for clubs, revise educational materials, and recruit more clubs for the project.

Funding Application Review Working Group
For 2018, the NAMA board has allocated funding to sequence 200 collections from NAMA-affiliated clubs. To participate, interested clubs will submit a short application to this committee request dollars from this fund. This working group will develop the standards to judge applications by, develop the application, and rank the merits of individual applications as clubs apply.

Mycoflora Committee Webmaster
The NAMA website needs to be updated with NAMP information, procedures, and protocols. We can also always use help with the new NAMP website that is being created.

Fungarium Liaison
A large number of fungaria from around the country need to be brought into this program. We are looking for a dedicated individual who would be willing to be the liaison between the Mycoflora Project and these fungaria.

Representative to the NAMA Oregon Foray (October 2018)
Next year NAMA has allocated funds to sequence 200 specimens at the annual foray. We are looking for an individual to stay abreast of NAMA Oregon foray planning, and work with them (and other interested local organizations) to see if we can develop funding to sequence everything that comes into the foray.

Regional Key Councils
Thinking towards the longer term, regional keys will be a vital aspect of the outcomes of the Mycoflora Project. We would like some individuals to start taking a look at what was done in the Pacific Northwest and how this might translate to other areas of the country.

Specimens, Specimens, and More Specimens!

Specimens, Specimens, and More Specimens!

The annual Cain Foray is #Worth-It for the Sort, but it is important to pay close attention to the specimens you collect on the forays. In general, the Mycological Society advises against over-picking fungi which may mean curbing your enthusiasm somewhat and not duplicating specimens (see mushroomer’s code).

At the Cain Foray typically 270+ species of fungi are collected. What’s interesting is that different weather conditions affect what is collected in abundance.

For example:

  • In 2011, it was a great year for parasitism. We were instructed to look for specimens with powdery coatings, or gills that had been aborted by overgrowth of a second fungi species.
  • In 2015, the sorting tables were nearly devoid of Trcholoma, Entoloma and Cortinarius and many of the boletes that were brought back were unidentifiable due to Hypomyces Chrysopermus, a cottony soft ascomycete parasite.
  • Unusually high numbers of bolete species were reported in 2004.
  • Slime molds were big in 2006.
  • Only two specimens of Leotia Stiptiata were found in 1979, at the Dorset location.

What will be in abundance this year? We look forward to finding out at this year’s Cain. See you there!

Cain Foray sorting tables

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