Field Notes

Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Good Mother Lizard

Maiasaura model
Credit Montanakids.com

5/11/14 & 5/12/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Maiasaura," by Thomas McKean.

"Small, croaking chirps emanated from a tidy pile of mounded vegetation. A huge hulking dinosaur raised its bony skull to investigate and plodded to the mound. With a careful nudge, the dinosaur, a Maiasaura, uncovered her hatchlings with her wide duckbill-like nose....This Maiasaura, Latin for "good mother lizard," knew precisely where to find good food in this area. For years she had been returning to this very spot to lay her eggs...

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Montane Driftwood

Credit Dave Carlson

5/4/14 & 5/5/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Of Driftwood and Journeys," by Anna McNairy.

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Watermelon Snow

Snow algae (Chlamydomonas nivalis) on Gunsight Mountain, Glacier National Park.
Credit Saintgrizzly

4/27/14 & 4/28/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:"Watermelon Snow," by Boo Curry.

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Horsetails

Common Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
Credit MPF

4/20/14 & 4/21/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Horsetails," written by Kim Todd, read by Caroline Kurtz.

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Dirt

Loam soil
Credit Brent Wilson

4/14/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Dirt," by Deborah Tanner.

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Chickadee Songs

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
Credit University of Massachusetts OEB Program

4/6/14 & 4/7/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Chickadee Songs," by Archie McMillan.

"Pretty Shield, a medicine woman born to the Crow Nation 160 years ago, heard the bird saying, 'Summer's near, summer's near!' She taught that the bird has a single tongue in the fall, and then, as the seasons progress, more tongues each month until spring, when it has seven...

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Mammal Insulation

Musk ox (Ovibos moschatus)
Credit Tim Bowman, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

3/30/14 and 3/31/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Mammal Insulation," by Carol Alette.

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Canada Thistle

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)
Credit Oregon State University Research & Extension

3/23/14  &  3/24/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Canada Thistle," by Heather Sarantis.

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Tracking Long-Distance Migrants
8:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Bird Migration

Bar-tailed godwith (Limosa lapponica) in breeding plumage.
Credit Andreas Trepte

3/16/14  &  3/17/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Bird Migration, Part 2," by Andrea and Don Stierle.

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Birds of a Feather

Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum)
Credit Douglas Dunn

3/9/14 and 3/10/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Bird Social Behavior," by Mark Hanson.

"Except when mating and nesting, Bohemian and Cedar waxwings are simply highly social birds. They seek food and water supplies large enough for the entire flock. Even more remarkably, they will sometimes pass berries from bird to bird down a line until a berry is finally swallowed. They not only eat together, but they may also become intoxicated together, indulging their tendency to gorge themselves on overripe berries."

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