I hope you are all safe and keeping well in these times of great uncertainty.
We would have met tonight at our Members meeting, however as you know it was cancelled.
I wanted to let you all know that I have stepped down as President. After almost 7 years on the board and 3 years as President it is time to pass the baton.
I have met so many wonderful people and made so many friends along the way....I will miss you.
Our Vice President Sheila Mazur will take over as acting President and I hope you will give her all the support that you have given me.
The Board of Directors will remain the same and they will continue to carry on with all of our great initiatives once the time comes.
Thank you one and all...🍄
A great list of mycology links and suggestions from our friends at the New Jersey Mycological Association.
The NJMA also has a great website at njmyco.org that is fun to browse, with a large archive of their newsletters on the site.
Tom Bigelow, president of the New York Mycological Society and member of NJMA, put together this wonderful resource for all of us mushroomers who are stuck at home right now. I've added a few things to it, but most of this was put together by Tom, who I am very grateful to for allowing me to share this with the club.
Since we are missing out on our upcoming lectures and workshops, and many of us cannot even leave our homes, please use these wonderful resources to keep your mushroom minds sharp! And even though we cannot gather together for our fungi festivities, please don't forget to stay in touch with each other. Especially remember to call our elders and those home alone. This is a scary time, but we will get through it and be out in the field soon!!!
See you soon,
NJMA Education Chair
Soup Up your Audubon Guide!
If you're looking for some mycological activities at home, why not soup-up your Audubon Guide by adding current binomials to the plates! To do this, go to indexfungorum and type in the binomial used in the text of the Audubon Guide, click on the "search" button, and the current name comes up in green. You can then double-check the name on iNaturalist - if they disagree, go with the iNaturalist name. If you have a label printer, print out the new name and affix it to the plate - or make your own labels, or simply write it in. Just remember, names are changing frequently and you'll need to update every once in a while!
Deepen Your Involvement in iNaturalist
You can also deepen your involvement in iNaturalist by checking out this video tutorial Explore iNaturalist When You're Stuck at Home.
Online Reading & Resources
If you're looking for some online reading, or want to brush up on your favorite mushrooms, there are some great websites you can peruse:
Check out the series of interviews with prominent mycologists available on youtube - search "An Oral History of Mycology." There are over 50 (!) interviews in this ongoing series.
Violetta White Delafield
If you happened to miss this fantastic article on jstor.org about Violetta White Delafield, please read it! Her drawings are stunningly beautiful. All of the links throughout the article lead to papers about the fungi discussed - it's a lovely and fascinating rabbit-hole to get lost in.
Lewis David von Schweinitz
Jstor.org also has an article on the paintings of early American mycologist Lewis David von Schweinitz. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel, located in Philadelphia, has digitized his beautiful paintings and can be found here. (If you are interested in other natural history artwork that the Academy has digitized, go here.
In response to the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health threat, the Board of Directors of the Mycological Society of Toronto has made the decision to cancel upcoming events. The health and safety of our members and the community is of utmost importance to the MST. We anticipate remaining on hiatus at least until the end of April.
At this time, cancelled events include:
Members who have registered for education courses will have their registration fees refunded and will have access to advance registration when courses are rescheduled.
At the moment it is not clear if the spring mushroom dinner or the spring foray season will go ahead as scheduled. We will continue to take guidance from public health agencies and advise our members when our programmes resume.
Join the Conversation on March 26!
Register for a Live Q&A with Louie & Paul!
From the beginning we wanted Fantastic Fungi film to serve as a catalyst for connection, community, support. World events might make us pivot and adjust, but we are as eager as ever to connect with you on Fantastic Fungi Day, March 26th!
Visit https://fantasticfungi.com/connect/#register for details.