Yearly Archives: 2016

/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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

Birds of the Galapagos

Blue-footed Booby showing those namesake feet! Photo by Justin Peter by Marissa Carroll Justin Peter, director of programs and senior naturalist for Quest Nature Tours and vice-president of the Toronto Ornithological Club, brought his extensive knowledge of fascinating Galapagos birds to the Ottawa Field-Naturalist Club’s monthly meeting this past Tuesday. Host to unique [...]

2018-01-03T01:13:13+00:00 November 5th, 2016|OFNC event|

Mushrooms of MacSkimming

By Julia Cipriani Mushrooms collected in the forest, photographed by the MacSkimming Centre team On Saturday, October 1, well over 110 people met at MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre to participate in the MacSkimming open trails event. There were members of the general public, of OFNC, and of les Mycologues amateurs de l’Outaouais (MAO). The [...]

2016-10-21T00:24:13+00:00 October 21st, 2016|OFNC event|