Field Notes

Monday 3:00 PM and Sunday 12:25 PM

For keen observers, a walk to the grocery store or a hike up a mountain can inspire questions. Where do magpies nest?  Why doesn’t a spider stick to its own web? How do water striders keep from sinking?  Every week since 1992, Field Notes has inquired about Montana's  natural history. Produced by the Montana Natural History Center, Field Notes are written by naturalists, students and listeners about the puzzle-tree bark, eagle talons, woolly aphids and giant puffballs of Western, Central and Southwestern Montana.

Interested in writing a Field Note? Contact Allison De Jong, Field Notes editor, at adejong [at] montananaturalist.org or (406) 327-0405.

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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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Decline in Numbers Prompts Scrutiny
8:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Montana's Moose Population

Cow and bull moose (Alces alces)
Credit Ryan Hagerty, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

"Fieldnotes," March 2nd & 3rd, 2014: “Moose in Montana," by Matt Hannon. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Mule Deer Scent Behavior

Female mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus)
Credit Yathin S Krishnappa

"Fieldnotes," February 23rd & 24th, 2014: "Mule Deer Scent Behavior," by Beverly Dupree. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

"It would be easy to assume, looking at those ears, that the mule deer's most important sense is hearing. But then I noticed a curious behavior that led me to the conclusion that mule deer depend just as much on smell as on hearing.

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Winter's hot wind
8:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Chinook Winds

Credit F.A.A.

"Fieldnotes," February 16th & 17th, 2014: "Chinook Winds," by Stephanie Gripne & Caroline Kurtz. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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Long-eared Owls at Ninepipes
8:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Owl Afternoon

Long-eared Owl (Asio otus)
Credit angusleonard

"Fieldnotes," February 9th & 10th, 2014: "Owl Afternoon," by Caroline Kurtz. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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Geothermal Springs and Thermophiles
8:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Hot Springs

Grand Prismatic Spring and Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park.
Credit Brocken Inaglory

"Fieldnotes," February 2nd & 3rd, 2014: "Hot Springs," by Zach Voyles & Caroline Kurtz. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Blue Stain Fungus and Mountain Pine Beetles

Blue stain fungus (Grosmannia clavigera)
Credit U.S. Forest Service

"Fieldnotes," January 26th & 27th, 2014: "Blue Stain and Beetles," by Richarda Ruffle.

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Big Sagebrush

Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata)
Credit Sue Weis, Inyo National Forest, U.S.F.S.

"Fieldnotes," January 19th & 20th, 2014: "Big Sagebrush," by Katie McKalip. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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Field Notes
4:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

River Otters

North American river otter (Lontra canadensis)
Credit Ken Thomas

"Fieldnotes," January 12th & 13th, 2014: "River Otters," by Beth Horn & Caroline Kurtz. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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Looking Before They Leap
8:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

The Eyes of Jumping Spiders

Credit Opoterser

"Fieldnotes," January 5th & 6th, 2014: "Jumping Spiders," by Sallie Sills. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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