Monthly Archives: February 2017


Restoring eels in the Ottawa River (Feb. 25, 2017)

Our speaker, Nick Lapointe, was himself once a member of the Macoun Club, so he was confident of having a knowledgeable audience. “What is the eel's scientific name?” Anguilla rostrata. “Where to they start from when they hatch? “The Sargasso Sea! “Where is that? “ Bermuda. “Where do they go to grow up? “ Rivers [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:36:10+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Macoun Field Club|0 Comments

Another sign of a warming climate (Feb. 18, 2017)

The Sarsaparilla Trail in winter seemed like just several loops of well beaten pathways and a bunch of greedy Chickadees. The observation dock, scene of so much wildlife activity spring, summer, and fall, looked out over an unbroken expanse of snow over ice. We fed the Chickadees, and then marched out into the middle of [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:36:11+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Macoun Field Club, Macoun Study Area|0 Comments

Mammals of the Ottawa area (Feb. 11, 2017)

Unlike birds, most wild mammals are little seen. Some are nocturnal, some are crepuscular, some are subterranean – and a good many have reason to fear us and hide. But they are here all around us and Gordon Robertson from the OFNC reviewed our local species groups. The meeting was a great success because everyone [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:36:11+00:00 February 12th, 2017|Macoun Field Club|0 Comments

To use snowshoes, or not? (Feb. 4, 2017)

In planning for today's field trip, we had to make a decision about snowshoes three days ahead of time. During January, daytime temperatures had been at or above freezing for weeks (this being about 6°C above normal), but then the weather had turned cold and added five inches of fresh snow. Would the shrunken snowpack [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:36:11+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Macoun Field Club|0 Comments