Yearly Archives: 2016


Skulls and bones (Dec. 10, 2016)

Macouners are notorious scavengers of skulls and bones, routinely raiding a friendly trapper's carcass pile with abandon, and dragging home items that parents with more sensitive noses may relegate to the garage, the backyard, or even earthen burial. But well chosen, cleaned, and prepared specimens can be things of fascination and beauty. OFNC member Jim [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:36:13+00:00 December 11th, 2016|Macoun Field Club|0 Comments

Rob’s winter forest (Dec. 3, 2016)

Macoun leader Rob Lee lives in the forest, and today we explored part of it. We found a good lunch place where the bare deciduous trees (Sugar Maple, Beech, and Ironwood) let a little sunshine in, and a few White Pines provided dead, dry branches for a hot, steady fire. The temperature never got above [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:36:13+00:00 December 3rd, 2016|Macoun Field Club|0 Comments

Kids visit Museum of Nature’s special live reptile exhibit (Nov. 26, 2016)

A month ago, Macoun member Morgan told us about an amazing travelling exhibit of 30 live reptiles that is being presented at the Museum of Nature this winter. Today we visited as a group. With the benefit of prior experience, Morgan held intense consultations with some of the boys. Heads together, the three of them [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:36:14+00:00 November 27th, 2016|Macoun Field Club|0 Comments

Study Trees and more (Nov. 19, 2016)

Our Study-Tree Woods is only 10 acres in extent, yet after 25 years of choosing trees, new Macoun members can still find ash trees and ironwoods that no one else has ever studied before. We spent the morning hours touring all those that current members are following (and picking new ones). One very large White [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:36:14+00:00 November 19th, 2016|Macoun Field Club, Macoun Study Area|0 Comments

The Story of Stuff (Nov. 12, 2016)

We began by reviewing last week's field experiments, in which we measured the speed of sound by timing three repeat echoes off an isolated house (getting a result of 1010 feet per second). Rob explained how we can use that figure to tell how far away lightning is striking as a storm approaches. We had [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:36:14+00:00 November 13th, 2016|Macoun Field Club|0 Comments

Up the creek without a paddle (Nov. 5, 2016)

Indian River is a minor watercourse that runs slow and deep out into the farmland of Lanark County, but has its origins in springs and lakes in hilly country. We settled down for lunch in woods beside the last stretch of rushing water above miles and miles of marshy meanders. The steep valley sides seem [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:36:15+00:00 November 6th, 2016|Macoun Field Club|0 Comments

Getting a handle on our place in space (Oct. 29, 2016)

What's out there as night falls? Not down here, where owls hoot and mice scurry, but up there where first one faint light and then another appears. People have been wondering in a serious way about the sun and the moon and the stars for thousands of years. Today Rob guided an exploration of the [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:36:15+00:00 October 29th, 2016|Macoun Field Club|0 Comments

Pakenham in the late autumn rain (Oct. 22, 2016)

Late autumn on a cold, rainy day: what is there to see in the woods? We dragged a small sheet over the ground but collected no ticks at all. Apart from a solitary Raven circling high overhead when we walked away from the cars, there were no birds. Two types of mushrooms were seen several [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:36:15+00:00 October 23rd, 2016|Macoun Field Club|0 Comments

Silicate minerals in our world (Oct. 15, 2016)

Quartz, olivine, garnet, pyroxene, hornblende, the micas and the feldspars – what unites them? There is an underlying order in their composition. They are all share chemically identical molecular silicate skeletons. It is said that if you get to know the minerals just named and recognize them when they appear in more complex rocks, you [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:36:16+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Macoun Field Club|0 Comments

How the birds were saved in 1916 (Oct. 1, 2016)

One hundred years ago, just after the last Passenger Pigeon and Carolina Parakeet died, rendering both species extinct, the International Migratory Birds Treaty was signed, protecting the remaining birds of both Canada and the United States where single states and provinces, and even countries had not been able to do it. Today, Rob explained how [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:36:16+00:00 October 1st, 2016|Macoun Field Club|0 Comments