Field Notes

Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Pine Squirrel Caches And Buried Treasure

Abandoned squirrel cache. Flickr user, Joel Penner. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Joel Penner

"Pine Squirrel Caches," written by Caitlin Fox, read by Caroline Kurtz.

"Last September, I went on a hunt for buried treasure. I had heard of a man who put himself through college collecting pine nuts from squirrels' winter caches and selling them to the local grocer. He must have learned their hiding places and robbed their summer's work in late fall. I had pictured uncovering stores of hundreds of smooth, white pine nuts, individually shelled, like candy.

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

The Hidden Life Of Lichens

Lichens on rock. Flickr user Jared Tarbell. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Jared Tarbell

"Lichens," written by Ted Morrison, read by Caroline Kurtz.

"As I belayed my partner up to the ledge, I examined the colorful world on the rock in front of me. The closer I looked, the more I saw. The small cracks in the mat of lichen surged like huge crevasses in a microworld, curving and breaking with the topography of the rough granite. The small polygons of green were flecked by a multitude of browns and grays.

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Mint Evolution

Wild mint and pollinator. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Dendroica cerulea

"Mint Evolution," by David Kerber.

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Ravens At Play

Raven in flight, Northern Italy. (CC-BY-NC 2.0)
Credit Niccolò Caranti

"Ravens At Play," written by Michael K. Schwartz, read by Caroline Kurtz.

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Reflections On Wilderness

Idaho's Sawtooth Wilderness. (CC-BY-NC)
Credit Fredlyfish4

"Reflections on Wilderness," by Allison Linville.

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

The Quiet Courtship Of Mountain Pine Beetles

The scraper, half a beetle's stridulatory mechanism.
Credit Malcolm M. Furniss and Parks Canada

Pine beetle chirps are too quiet for humans to hear, but they play an important role in beetle courtship.

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Squirrels "Cache" In

Collage of a grey squirrel burying a nut. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Bob MacInnes

"Squirrel Behavior," written by Tracy Wendt, read by Caroline Kurtz.

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Blodgett Canyon's Horsehead Arch

Horsehead Arch, Blodgett Canyon, Bitterroot Mountains. (CC BY-NC)
Credit Roger Lynn

"Blodgett Canyon," written by Ben Johnson, read by Caroline Kurtz.

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Skunk In The Basement

Striped Skunks (Mephitis mephitis) (CC BY 3.0)
Credit Tom Friedel

"Striped Skunk," by Peggy Miller, read by Allison De Jong.

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Field Notes
5:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Common Loons: Guarding The Nest

Common loon (Gavia immer), Minocqua, WI. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit John Picken

"Montana's Common Loons," by Ben Turnock, read by Caroline Kurtz.

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