I regret to announce the cancellation of the planned Great Lake Mycology Meetings, 8-10 May 2020, at Western. With all the COVID-19 related cancelations you have been hearing about in recent days it probably comes as no surprise, but I was looking forward to seeing many of you in May and hearing about exciting work in your lab groups. I was asked about postponing the meetings until midsummer, but I suspect the logistics would be difficult and many of you would be unable to attend, so I prefer to cancel until the same time in 2021.
Any registrations that have come in will be refunded; if you have any difficulties please email me.
Stay tuned – if the other organizers agree I may offer to host in 2021 and just pick up where we left off – but above all, stay well.
The MST invites you to take your mushroom identification skills to the next level, with a new addition to our series of mushroom identification courses:
Field Identification of Gilled Mushrooms:
Looking Beyond the Obvious
This is an intermediate-level identification course intended for members who have already attended the MST beginner course 12 Easy Genera: An Introduction to Field Identification of Mushrooms, or who have equivalent field identification experience.
While the beginner course introduces obvious features which are easy to recognize, this program will focus on how observation of a few specific characteristics can form the basis of a systematic approach to the field identification of many other less easily recognized genera or groups of gilled mushrooms.
The course is available to MST members only and will be limited to 60 participants.
The cost of the course is $10 per person and pre-registration is required. Please register by March 23rd.
MST members may register on the course signup page.
Frans vanGerwen was a founding member of the MST in 1973, and was a member for many years afterward. The Royal Ontario Museum featured an exhibition of his work titled Bemushroomed in March and April of 1976.
Frans was also the designer of the MST's logo, winning against 26 other submissions in a 1981 contest. The design was based on his photograph of Hypsizygus ulmarius (Pleurotus ulmarius). See Mycelium vol. 7 no. 4, page 11 for details.
Frans donated some of his original works to the MST in December of 2019 as photographic transparencies in a mixture of 35mm, 6x7, 4x5 and 11x14 formats, and related documents. Digital conversion of the donation was completed in March of 2020.
Frans' photographs can be viewed as a gallery on the Photo Galleries page, or by clicking the thumbnails below.
Richard Schwarz's presentation Park Mushrooms: The Hiker's Experience is now available to MST members to watch on the meetings video page.
Richard speaks about his experiences leading nature hikes in a National Park setting and how that experience differs from regular MST forays, and explores the natural, cultural and historical perspectives of the park's mushrooms to help hikers deepen their appreciation of this interesting kingdom of life.
Richard Schwarz has been a member of the MST for seven years and has been participating in our Identification Workshops as well as assisting at the Foray Tables. In addition, Richard has been volunteer leading mushroom walks in Rouge Park for 6 years.