From NJMA: Mushrooming from Home

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,
Luke Smithson
NJMA Education Chair

Videos

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:

More Videos...

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.

COVID-19: Courses and Meetings Cancelled

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.

Thank you for your continued support of the MST. 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 questions or concerns.

Cancellation: Great Lakes Mycology Meetings at Western

Dr. Greg Thorn of Western University writes:

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.

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