November 23rd Meeting Video Available

Mikhael Crystallah-Selk's presentation Parasites of the Fungal World - Achlorophyllous plants, fungal molds, and other Fun-Gis that just can't seem to live without each other is now available to MST members to watch on the meetings video page.

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Mikhael is the taxonomist/science leader for SOMA, the Sonoma County Mycological Association. He will be focusing his presentation on species found in Northern California and Oregon with some species that crossover into our region.

Ten years ago Mikhael blew out his back working retail. It took him three years of physical therapy to teach himself how to walk without a cane. Much of that time was spent slowly walking through the woods, where he began to pay attention to the amazing diversity of fungi surrounding him. A mild curiosity soon became a passionate new (for him) field of study. He found himself fortuitous enough to begin learning from experts around the world, allowing him to fast-track his studies. He currently specializes in Jelly Fungi and taxonomy in general, volunteering hours per day poring through observations, while maintaining a full time job as an aspiring chef.

Members Meeting November 23rd at 7:30pm

Welcome back to the fall and winter season of MST meetings! We've missed you and we hope you can join us on Zoom this coming Monday, November 23rd at 7:30pm for our online members meeting. 

Parasites of the Fungal World: Achlorophyllous plants, fungal molds, and other Fun-Gis that just can't seem to live without each other.

Presented by Mikhael Crystallah-Selk

Mikhael is the taxonomist/science leader for SOMA, the Sonoma County Mycological Association. He will be focusing his presentation on species found in Northern California and Oregon with some species that crossover into our region.

Ten years ago Mikhael blew out his back working retail. It took him three years of physical therapy to teach himself how to walk without a cane. Much of that time was spent slowly walking through the woods, where he began to pay attention to the amazing diversity of fungi surrounding him. A mild curiosity soon became a passionate new (for him) field of study. He found himself fortuitous enough to begin learning from experts around the world, allowing him to fast-track his studies. He currently specializes in Jelly Fungi and taxonomy in general, volunteering hours per day poring through observations, while maintaining a full time job as an aspiring chef.

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October Forays Cancelled

In response to the dramatic increase in COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Ontario in recent days, the MST's Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the fall foray season in order to help ensure the safety of our members and volunteers.

We know that this is deeply disappointing for all our members, especially new members who have not yet had the chance to participate in a foray.

But the MST isn't going anywhere; at nearly 900 members, we're stronger than ever. We're training a new corps of foray leader volunteers, and we'll be in an excellent position to offer a very strong foray season as soon as it's safe. And we're lining up a great slate of online meetings and courses for the fall and winter.

There's still lots of value in your MST membership, but if you'd prefer to cancel your membership and join again at a better time, we understand. If you joined in August or September, the MST is happy to refund your membership fees without a penalty. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to cancel your membership.


What can I do?

Want to make the most of your MST membership until the next foray season? Want to help the MST? Here are some ideas:

  • Watch your email for announcements about meetings and courses.
  • Sign up for training as a foray leader volunteer, and help make the next season a success. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.
  • The mushrooms are still out there! Venture out to our foray locations in small safe groups.
  • Share what you find in your photo gallery, our Facebook group, or tag @mushroomtoronto in your Instagram photos.
  • Get one of the MST's recommended guidebooks and try to identify the specimens you bring home.
  • Still not sure what you've got? Post the photo in our identification forum and ask the experts.

Thank you for your continued support of the MST. Great members are what keep us a strong organization. We look forward to seeing you online!

Please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at any time if you have any questions or concerns.

Foray schedule Fall 2020

The 2020 fall foray season is upon us, and the foray schedule has been finalized. This year’s schedule will be a bit different from previous years, but with everyone’s cooperation we expect to have a great season.

The season is starting later than normal as we have been developing COVID-19 protocols, and training a fantastic group of new foray volunteers. We have had a great response from members wishing to help and volunteer at forays, and this has helped make the fall season possible. The Board and our foray volunteers have developed a plan that will allow everyone to participate safely and with confidence.


This year’s forays are different

Due to COVID-19, we have made some changes to forays to make sure our members and volunteers stay safe and healthy:

  1. We’ve scheduled forays only for September so far. If all goes well at the September forays, we’ll add more in October
  2. Forays will be limited to 30 people, and all participants will need to register ahead of time on the MST website
  3. Participants will need to check in on their phones when they arrive at forays

Foray registration

Registration for each foray will open 1 week before the foray date at 12pm, except for the first two forays on September 12th and 13th. Since these are quite soon, registration for them will open on September 8th at 12pm.

We hope that this will allow members to be sure of their ability to attend, and give everyone a fair chance to register. If you are unable to attend after you have registered, please remember to cancel your registration so the space becomes available for other members.

Read about how to register for forays on our help page at https://www.myctor.org/help/foray-registration

Foray check-in

We have also developed a new online check-in procedure for attendees when they arrive at the foray site. Foray volunteers will be on site to assist you with this process if any help is required. The online check in process has been developed to limit contact of shared pens, paper sign-in form, etc. This will also help us with contact tracing if that becomes necessary, and emergency contacting if anyone becomes injured or lost.

Read about how to check in at forays on our help page at https://www.myctor.org/help/foray-checkin


The success of this year’s forays will depend on everyone’s cooperation and ability to follow mask and social distancing guidelines. A mask will be required for all group activities at the foray. You will not be able to participate in the orientation or mushroom identification portions of the foray unless you are wearing a mask. This year a mask will need to be a part of your foray kit along with your basket and whistle.

The schedule is available at https://www.myctor.org/forays/current and the forays are marked on the MST's event calendar. A foray locations map and information on how to prepare for forays is also available.

If you have any questions about forays please visit our foray help page at at https://myctor.org/u9m or direct your inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The foray location map and driving directions to the forays are available to members after signing in. All MST members have an account to access the members-only sections of the website. If you don't remember your password, request a password reset at https://www.myctor.org/forgotPassword - or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We wish everyone a safe and successful Fall foray season.

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