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A perfect autumn day (Sept. 16, 2017)

We lazily walked in to a place we know as "Rock-wall Pond" at Pakenham, finding a Spring Peeper, Wood Frog, and Leopard Frog, and many American Toads beside the trail, and passing pale asters as we went. We ate lunch on flowing steps of thick moss on a rocky hilltop, and resumed our ambling. When [...]

By | 2017-11-20T01:30:42+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Macoun Field Club|0 Comments

Start-up meeting (Sept. 9, 2017)

We began, as we do every meeting, with "Observations." What have we seen in the natural world since we last met? In this case it had been more than two months. Gabriel had been out whale-watching on the east coast, and Jan in B.C.. It's pretty hard to beat Humpback Whales and Orcas. But Julia [...]

By | 2017-11-20T01:19:01+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Macoun Field Club, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Brewer Park pond and Study Area (June 3, 2017)

In recent years we have run a joint field trip with the OFNC at Brewer Park, introducing neighbourhood children to the aquatic life of the river-side pond. In the usual pattern, kids caught frogs and crayfish; they were put on display in an open-air aquarium and then released in a safe zone. Our member Niccolo [...]

By | 2017-11-20T01:02:40+00:00 June 4th, 2017|Macoun Field Club, Macoun Study Area|0 Comments

Members’ photo day (May 27, 2017)

We had no sooner settled in for our meeting when a late arrival reported that the Mourning Dove just outside the door was feeding its nestling. Everyone rushed out to watch. The bird had started building her nest during one of our meetings, and is so used to people she wasn't perturbed at all. Macouners [...]

By | 2017-07-11T00:09:51+00:00 May 28th, 2017|Macoun Field Club|0 Comments

Field trip in the rain (May 13, 2017)

Birds were singing — we heard a Winter Wren, Ovenbird, and Northern Waterthush. Biting flies were out, and we had recently emerged Black Flies in our faces, but they weren't quite biting yet. We directed out attention to a much neglected corner of our Study Area — the far southwestern corner, in fact. The small [...]

By | 2017-07-11T00:00:13+00:00 May 13th, 2017|Macoun Field Club, Macoun Study Area|0 Comments

Nature-art workshop (May 6, 2017)

May 6, 2017: Nature-art workshop As the end-of-May deadline for Little Bear contributions approaches, we all sat down to sketch and draw creatures that appeal to us. Some members flipped through bird books, one used a field-trip image on Rob's laptop as his model, and Rachel called up a picture on her smart-phone. Niccolo drew [...]

By | 2017-07-08T15:12:19+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Macoun Field Club|0 Comments

Creatures of earth, sky, land and water (Apr. 29, 2017)

The number and range of things to see increases tremendously as spring arrives. We hadn't quite entered our Study Area when a Great Egret flew out of it, big and white against the blue sky, and bucking the strong north wind. Once in, under a little grove of Red Maples we noticed that the leaf [...]

By | 2017-07-08T15:09:44+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Macoun Field Club, Macoun Study Area|0 Comments

Yukon salmon (April 22, 2017)

Apr. 22, 2017: Swimming 3200 km to get home We have all seen video of salmon leaping natural obstacles and dodging bears. We have also heard that the spawning runs are faltering in many places. Today Nick Lapointe explained that Chinook Salmon spawning in the upper Yukon River are a shadow of their former abundance. [...]

By | 2017-07-02T23:30:29+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|Macoun Field Club|0 Comments

Spring in the Study Area (April 8, 2017)

Apr. 8, 2017: Seeing the snow go On our first spring trip to our Nature Study Area, we could have used both snow boots and rubber boots. We tramped through acres of snow still deep enough to go over the tops of rubber boots, but there were also pools of meltwater that proved irresistible. Rubber [...]

By | 2017-07-02T23:23:58+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Macoun Field Club, Macoun Study Area|0 Comments

Mongolia’s wildlife (Apr. 1, 2017)

  Apr. 1, 2017: The wild life in Mongolia What do you see when you look at the horse shown here? It is rather stocky, isn't it? Note its thick neck and large, blocky head. And how its mane stands up so stiffly. Domestic horses don't have these features. This is a wild horse, the [...]

By | 2017-07-02T23:24:55+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|Macoun Field Club|0 Comments