#WorthIt for the Sort

This year at the Cain we'll be having special table tours to help orient and excite new and old MST members alike!

Harry Potter had the sorting hat… but mycologists of the Mycological Society of Toronto are all about the sorting table! If you get excited about the sorting table at one of our regular weekend forays you will be blown away by the tables at the Cain! It's #WorthIt for the sort.

200+ mushroom species in a weekend requires supersizing the sorting area - from a single folding table to an entire room!

The task of classifying fungi at the Cain is made easier by the green and white coloured signs that are placed on the tables denoting Class and Genus… You'll receive a list "Sorting Groups for Mushroom Species" in your orientation package… this will help you identify fungi from Amanita to Xylaria!

Registration is open for this year's Cain.

Cain Foray mushroom sorting tables

Taylor Lockwood at the Cain Foray

Taylor Lockwood comes to the Cain Foray on his final tour with a show covering highlights of his 34 year mushroom adventure career, many new photos since the last tour in 2014, and new animations of beautiful and bioluminescent mushrooms.

He is the author of two books and several video programs including two popular educational mushroom DVDs, The Mushroom Identification Trilogy, and The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly.

Praise for his work and vision to promote the beauty of mushrooms has gained him acclaim with mycologists, mushroom enthusiasts, photography critics, and nature lovers around the world.

His work has appeared in the National Geographic Magazine, the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Wildlife Federation Magazine, Scholastic, Scientific American and many other publications. Like many other amateur and professional mycologists, Taylor is a pioneer in the discovery and appreciation of mushrooms and other fungi.

Registration is open for this year's Cain Foray.

Taylor Lockwood

Taylor Lockwood

Fungi Magazine covers

Bioluminescent fungus postage stamp

#Facts about the Cain Foray

  1. Fantastic fungi finds are the goal of the weekend. In 2017, we collected 242 species and added 18 new species to the list!
  2. Picking your favourite fungi of the weekend tends to be difficult!
  3. Frivolous fungi fans, fanatics and friends (from as far away as Finland) have been coming together at the Cain Foray for 40 years!
  4. Lumina Resort will be the host site for this year’s Cain. We’ve said goodbye and Tally-ho to the Tally-ho Inn which was the home of the Cain from 2002 — 2016.

Cain signup has already begun. Register now and spend your summer anticipating forays, forays, and more forays!

Cain Foray mushroom sorting tables

Intro to Field ID Course repeat session September 2018

Due to popular demand, the MST is pleased to announce a repeat session of 12 Easy Genera: An Introduction to Field Identification of Mushrooms​, on Wednesday, September 12th.

This popular course will be given by Kathy Vatcher, MST Membership Director. It focuses on common genera of gilled mushrooms, boletes and other fungi which can be identified fairly easily in the field. This is a general introduction to identification and does not specifically focus on edible species.

It will be held in the Garden Hall at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Doors will be open at 7:00pm for members who wish to bring in mushrooms for identification. This will be followed by a 2-hour presentation beginning at 7:30pm. There will be a short break for refreshments.

The course is available to MST members only and will be limited to 50 participants. The cost of the course is $10 per person and pre-registration is required. Please register by September 5th, 2018.

MST members may register on the course signup page. This course always fills up with a waiting list, so don't delay! For more information, please contact Kathy Vatcher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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