MST 2019 Calendar Available

Congratulations to our 2018 Photo Contest winners!

Thanks to all the members that submitted a fungi photo to our first-ever photo calendar contest. We received some fabulous submissions, and our panel of judges were able to select the chosen few to be featured in the final project.

The 2019 calendars will be available for sale for $10 at the next MST meetings, as well as at the fall dinner at Piatto restaurant. If you are not able to attend these events and would like to purchase a calendar, please contact Roman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Winners are entitled to receive a free copy of the calendar. 

2019 Calendar Contest Winners

  • Alexander Ostrouchov
  • Eric Merwart
  • Evan Lewis
  • Giancarlo Zoccoletto
  • Joel Smith
  • Michael Brown
  • Nathaniel Russell
  • Sheryl McKee
  • Tony Vilone
  • Viki Mather
  • Walt Sturgeon
  • Wayne Humphries

2018 Fall Dinner November 26th

We are very pleased to announce that our Fall Mushroom Dinner will be held on Monday, November 26th at our favourite Piatto Restaurant.

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

Seating is limited to 75 persons - it's always a sell-out so reserve early.

The price is $65 per person. Please pay online at

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..

Intro to Field ID Course room change

Due to unanticipated demand we've switched from Studio 2 (upstairs) to the Garden Hall (downstairs) at the TBG. With the larger room there's now no cap on attendance.

Specimens, Specimens, and More Specimens!

The annual Cain Foray is #WorthIt 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 Tricholoma, 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 Stipitata 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!

Registration is open for this year's Cain.

Cain Foray sorting tables