Myco-Consortium talk Mar. 18: Susan Hopkins

As part of the MST's membership in the Myco-Consortium series of Zoom talks, MST members are invited to join the presentation on Friday, March 18th at 7pm ET:

Mushrooms: unique natural dyers

A talk by Susan Hopkins
Friday March 18th, 7pm ET

This talk is an introduction to mushroom dyeing. Susan will go over basic procedure including preparation and mordanting of the wool, creation of the dye bath and some variables that can affect the color like pH and the source of the water used. She'll introduce us the species of wild mushrooms that have been found to have the most interesting pigments that can be easily taken up by the wool from a hot water bath. She will also talk about the International Fungi and Fibre Symposiums where mushroom dyers and crafters get together every two years to share their experiments and learn from each other.

About Susan Hopkins

Susan Hopkins learned how to identify fungi as a member of the New Jersey Mycological Association of which she has been a member for 42 years. After attending the 1993 International Fungi-Fibre Symposium in Scotland she became a “dyer”, learning the use of various species of wild fungi to dye wool. She has attended many International Fungi and Fibre Symposiums over the years, traveling to Scandinavia, Spain, Estonia and Australia. Identification is her main focus with a special interest in the tooth fungi including the genus Hydnellum, Phellodon, and Sarcodon. Susan lives in the Adirondacks, learning the local fungi while continuing to do lectures, walks, and demonstrations on fungi and mushroom dyeing. 

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Annual General Meeting March 28th at 7:30pm

The Annual General Meeting of the Mycological Society of Toronto will be held this year on Monday, March 28th at 7:30pm, online via Zoom.

At the Annual Meeting the financial statements from the previous year are reviewed, resolutions for the upcoming year are decided, and MST members elect the incoming Board of Directors.

We have a fantastic AGM planned for you!

  • Fabulous prizes and games (trivia, mushroom photo ID contest and a door prize of one (1) fifty dollar ($50) gift card
  • Participate in the board election
  • Efficient – we are going to keep the meeting around 45 minutes, so have your whole evening free afterwards!

Remember, this is your MST. All members have a voice and a vote - so if you have an interest in shaping the activities and the future direction of the MST, please attend! We're looking forward to seeing as many members, old and new, as possible at this year's Annual Meeting.

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  1. President’s Address
  2. Trivia question 1
  3. Financial statement & audit committee report, membership fees for 2022 – 2023. To review this information before the meeting, please visit
  4. Trivia question 2
  5. Election
    • Preamble & procedure - polls
    • Review of election slate
    • Open nominations from the floor
    • Election
  6. Changes to forays (see below)
  7. Mushroom ID E-mail Contest Winners with Kathy Vatcher
  8. Door Prize
  9. Q & A

Games & Prizes

  1. Trivia - Be the first to type the correct answer into the meeting chat to win a prize!
  2. Mushroom ID Contest - e-mail your best original mushroom/fungi picture to Kathy Vatcher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 24th 2022 at midnight (12:00am) Eastern
  3. Door prize – a $50 gift card will be given to a random participant at the end of the session; you must be online in the meeting to win

We hope to see you there!

Upcoming changes to forays

In anticipation of the spring season we will be announcing some changes to the way we conduct field identification courses (forays) this year. Details and changes will be outlined in the upcoming March Mycelium and will be discussed at this year’s AGM. We will also be making changes to the website as we get closer to spring and as outings and events are scheduled. We hope that the changes will make everyone's experience more rewarding and provide a better learning environment. Please feel free to contact the board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Foray Director Iza Altmid at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with comments once you have had a chance to review the update.

Myco-Consortium talk Mar. 6 at 1pm: Machiel Noordeloos

As part of the MST's membership in the Myco-Consortium series of Zoom talks, MST members are invited to join the presentation on Sunday, March 6th at 1pm ET:

Monitoring and studying the diversity of higher fungi in primary sand dunes along the Dutch Atlantic Coast

A talk by Machiel Noordeloos
Sunday March 6th, 1pm ET

Please note the timing of this talk. Machiel is joining us from the Netherlands which is why this talk will take place on Sunday afternoon rather than Friday evening.

The Dutch Atlantic coast is for the most part protected by a system of sand dunes that varies in width from a few hundred meters to a stretch 15 to 20 km. The primary shifting sand-dunes and the inland fixed sand-dunes form a unique ecosystem, that is protected and listed as Natura 2000 biodiversity reserves according to European Union standards. A large-scale monitoring project by members of the Dutch Mycological Society started about ten years ago. This Citizen Science Project yielded a lot of new data, and it appears that the fungal diversity in these habitats is surprisingly high. At present more than 160 species are recorded, many of them being unique for this habitat and adapted to the dynamic ecological circumstances. After a short introduction on the dune systems and their origins, and the current monitoring project, an overview will be given of the fungal groups that play a role in this ecosystem, with focus on Agarics, larger Ascomycetes, and Gasteromycetes.

About Machiel Noordeloos

Born in The Hague, Netherlands. Machiel earned his PhD in mycology on the taxonomy of Entoloma (Agaricales) in Europe in 1981 under supervision of Dr. Cornelis Bas. He worked most of his career at the Rijksherbarium, Leiden (later National Herbarium of the Netherlands, and now Naturalis Biodiversity Centre), with a break as head of the mycology department of the Plant Protection Service, Wageningen, The Netherlands. Machiel is a honorary fellow of the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands.

Machiel is specialist in the taxonomy of Agaricales and Boletes, with a strong focus on Entoloma sensu lato, various white-spored genera in the Tricholomataceae sensu lato, Lactarius and Boleti. He is Editor of the Flora aagaricina neerlandica, a critical flora of Agarics and Boleti in the Netherlands and Western Europe, of which seven volumes have been published to date. He has published numerous articles and a series of monographs, cooperates with many specialists all over the world. He retired in 2011 but remains very active. Currently, he is involved in a complete revision of his work on European Entoloma based on phylogenetic studies. Besides his taxonomic work, Machiel is also very active in the Netherlands Mycological Society. He is scientific supervisor of a citizen science project called Network Ecological Monitoring, an initiative of the European Union to monitor the status of biodiversity in the so-called Natura 2000 biodiversity reserves.

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Speaker Series March 22nd at 7:30pm

Please join us on Zoom this coming Tuesday, March 22nd at 7:30pm for our online Speaker Series. 

Best of Mushroaming - From High Asia to South America

Daniel shares his hunt for gorgeous choice edibles, potent medicinals, and all kinds of bizarre and colorful fungi from the most minute to massive fruitings.

Presented by Daniel Winkler

Daniel grew up collecting and eating wild mushrooms in the Alps and has been foraging for over 25 years in the PNW and beyond, sharing his enthusiasm as a mushroom educator and guide and as past Puget Sound Mycological Society vice-president.

In his presentations he is combining his stunning photography (check out with a blend of entertaining stories and scientific information. Having been in love with mushrooms since early childhood Daniel managed to bend his career as an ecologist and geographer focused on High Asia towards researching rural Tibet’s enormous fungal economy.

His Cordyceps research has been featured in The Economist, National Geographic, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, BBC World Service etc.

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