Field Notes

Furry Indicator Species for Climate Science
8:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Tiny But Tough: The American Pika

Credit Brian Crawford / http://rockymountainwild.org/species/american-pika

"Fieldnotes," October 20th & 21st, 2013: "American Pika," by Jessie Grossman and Allison de Jong.  http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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8:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Walking in the Golden Rain

Western Larch
Credit Montucky / http://montucky.wordpress.com/tag/western-larch/

"Fieldnotes," October 13th & 14th, 2013: "Larch," by Edward Monnig. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

"Walking in the golden rain. There is nothing that reminds me more of Missoula's beloved naturalist and social commentator, Kim Williams. It was Kim's phrase for the crisp fall days when the larch trees are showering their needles across hiking trails in a last, glorious outburst prior to the onset of winter."

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8:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Autumn Leaves

Credit Doug Kueffler

"Fieldnotes," October 6th & 7th, 2013: "Leaf Fall," by Peter Lesica, Anne Garde,  Caroline Kurtz. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

"As autumn progresses, trees prepare for winter by stopping the production of chlorophyll, the green pigment that captures light. The leaves gradually change color as nutrients are withdrawn and transferred to roots and stems. At the same time, enzymes digest the cells at the base of the leaf stalk forming an abscission layer, or scar. When digestion is complete, the leaf falls off."

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8:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Painted Lady Butterflies

Vanessa cardui, or Painted Lady.

"Fieldnotes," September 29th & 30th, 2013: "Painted Lady Butterflies," by Byron Weber / Caroline Kurtz.
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8:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Glacial Lake Missoula

Map of Glacial Lake Missoula's floods.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

"Fieldnotes," September 22nd & 23rd, 2013: "Glacial Lake Missoula," by Caroline Kurtz & Bruce Weide.http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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8:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Do you Hear the Grasshopper Which is at Your Feet?

Credit James Woodcock

"Fieldnotes," September 15th & 16th, 2013: "Grasshoppers," by Leeann Drabenstott / Caroline Kurtz. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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8:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

One Eye Open: Mallard Sleep

Credit Marat Roytman

"Fieldnotes," September 8th & 9th, 2013: "Mallard Sleep," written by Kassy Holzheimer, read by Nicole Schegg.  http://www.montananaturalist.org/

"Although technically, the mallard is sleeping, one side of its brain remains active throughout the night. The open eye usually points towards potentially dangerous directions, and when it recognizes a danger, the mallard becomes fully awake quickly and can usually escape."

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1:26 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Mosses: Sponges of the Air

Moss in the Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania.

"Fieldnotes," September 1st & 2nd, 2013: "Moss," by Erica Wetter.  http://www.montananaturalist.org/

"My eyes alighted on a spectacular patch of jade green smack-dab in the middle of the sandy-colored rocks: moss. I leaned close and the fresh aroma of moist springtime soil rose up to meet me. It was like diving into a lake on a steamy summer night. The moss was like a miniature paradise, with waterfalls spilling down into tiny green valleys."

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8:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

A Spin on Sex Roles: Wilson's Phalarope

female Wilson's Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)
Credit Dominic Sherony

"Fieldnotes," August 25th & 26th, 2013: "Wilson's Phalarope," by Nicole Schegg.  http://www.montananaturalist.org/

"Wilson's Phalaropes are the exception to the rule in the bird rule, because the typical sex roles are reversed. These birds are polyandrous, which means that the female mates with several males. The females are more boldly patterned than the males. The females chase the males, display courting behavior, and the  male is responsible for incubating the eggs."

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8:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Nature's Ecosystem Engineers: Beavers

"Fieldnotes," August 18th & 19th, 2013: "Beaver Dams," by Elizabeth Ann Straub.  http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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