Speaker Series November 18th at 7:30pm

Please join us on Zoom this coming Thursday, November 18th at 7:30pm for our online Speaker Series. 

Fungal Conservation: reasons, venues, and what you and your club can do

Presented by Else Vellinga

Else Vellinga is a mycologist who is interested in naming and classifying mushroom species in California and beyond, especially Parasol mushrooms. She has described 22 species as new for California, and most recently worked at the herbaria at UC Berkeley and SFSU for the Macrofungi and Microfungi Collections Digitization projects. She got her training at the national herbarium in the Netherlands, and her PhD at the university of Leiden. Her main goal is to contribute to the conservation of mushroom species, and for that reason she has proposed several species for the IUCN global database of endangered species. She tries to keep current with the mushroom literature. Else is also an avid knitter and likes to use mushroom dyed yarn for her creations.

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Speaker Series October 21st at 7:30pm

Please join us on Zoom this coming Thursday, October 21st at 7:30pm for our online Speaker Series. 

Benjamin Woo's Russula Herbarium

Presented by Anna Bazzicalupo

Anna was born and grew up in Naples, Italy. She went to university for her undergraduate and master's degrees in Scotland. She then pursued a PhD at the University of British Columbia. After a first postdoc at Montana State University in Bozeman she then returned to UBC for a second postdoc. The work she did for her PhD was on the morphology and biogeography of mushrooms. Her work on the Ben Woo collection has helped understand Russula diversity in the Pacific Northwest.

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2 Additional Forays in October

It's no surprise that mushrooms have exploded in popularity over the last couple of years. The MST now has more than 1100 family memberships - over 2400 people. That kind of membership growth comes with challenges, and this year one of them has been the competition for registration to attend forays.

The Board of Directors sees that, and we understand that's it's frustrating for you, and that many members haven't been able to attend a foray this fall. Some of you have wondered why the forays are limited to 40 people. While Covid distancing precautions are still a factor, the real answer is that 40 is the maximum number of people that can gather around the identification tables and still be able to see the specimens and hear the leader talk about them. 40 is also the biggest crowd many of the owners of our foray locations will tolerate.

But most importantly, 40 is what our volunteer leaders can handle. The MST has a critical shortage of volunteers to help lead forays and especially to identify and talk about the mushrooms we find. Because there are so few of us, we end up sacrificing most of our weekends through the fall and spring - and we're at the limit of what we can do.

But we hear you, and we understand the frustration, so we're adding two new forays:

Saturday, October 16th at Kingbridge Centre in King City (a new location)
Sunday, October 17th at Packard Tract

Registration for these forays will open on Wednesday, October 13th at 8:00pm.


To try and keep things fair, these two new forays are only open to members who haven't yet attended a foray this fall.

If you haven't been able to come to a foray, our registration system will know and will let you register for one of these forays. If you registered for a foray earlier this season but cancelled your registration, no problem - you can register for one of these.

If you registered for a foray but skipped it without cancelling your registration - sorry, you can't register for these two forays. We ask you to cancel if you aren't coming so that others can have your spot, and failing to cancel makes the whole problem worse for everyone.


The MST is a fully volunteer-run organization, and we need our members to volunteer. Do you want more forays? We can have more forays if we have more volunteers!

Do you want to help but don't think you have the identification knowledge? We still need you! We need as many helpers as we can get. Are you confident in your identification knowledge? We need species identifiers most of all.

Have you been a member of the MST for a few years but haven't found a way to help out yet? We value that experience a great deal, and volunteering for forays is how you can help most.

Not sure how it's done? We even provide training for how to lead forays. And as an added incentive, if you volunteer to lead or help at a foray you don't have to register!

We need our members to help us build a healthy corps of volunteers so that the MST can survive. Now is the time to step up. Please contact our Foray Director Iza Altmid by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2021 Cain Foray Cancelled

The 2021 Cain Foray has been cancelled due to an issue with the venue.

We are extremely sorry, and apologize deeply for the change of plans, but we are not able to reorganize the event at this late date.

All Cain Foray participants have been informed by email, and will receive a full refund within 10 days.

We do hope that you are able to join us for our regular our fall forays, featuring four all-new locations!

We are also planning on a virtual event for our traditional raffle, so there are still prizes to be won. Look for more information on regarding this exclusive contest soon.

Our regular schedule of speakers has also been updated for fall.

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