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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 [...]

2017-11-20T01:30:42-05:00September 20th, 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|

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|

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 [...]

2017-05-18T20:36:13-04:00December 3rd, 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 [...]

2017-05-18T20:36:15-04:00November 6th, 2016|Macoun Field Club|