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About Robert Lee

Naturalist. Macoun Club member 1965-74; Macoun Club leader since 1985.

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 [...]

2017-07-02T23:24:55-04:00April 2nd, 2017|Macoun Field Club|

Birds in Africa and North America (Mar. 25, 2017)

We started with some exotic birds. Rob Alvo had recently made a birding tour of southern Africa, hitting as many different ecosystems as possible. Surprisingly, we recognized many of the birds, which we ourselves had never seen: weavers, owls, ostriches, and African penguins. Rob asked thought provoking questions that led into issues of conservation. Then, [...]

2017-05-18T20:36:10-04:00March 26th, 2017|Macoun Field Club|

An icy day in the Pakenham Hills (Mar. 4, 2017)

Conditions were almost perfect in the Pakenham hills today: a refrozen snowpack we could all walk on, with animal tracks showing in a light layer on top; brilliant sunshine to warm us (it was minus 18°C); ices as smooth as a skating rink running down a hill (for inveterate sliders); and a steady wind (to make the [...]

2017-05-18T20:36:10-04:00March 5th, 2017|Macoun Field Club|

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 [...]

2017-05-18T20:36:10-04:00February 27th, 2017|Macoun Field Club|

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 [...]

2017-05-18T20:36:11-04:00February 12th, 2017|Macoun Field Club|

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 [...]

2017-05-18T20:36:11-04:00February 7th, 2017|Macoun Field Club|