Monthly Archives: October 2016


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