Field Notes

Sunday 12:55 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.

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.

Bob MacInnes

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

Roger Lynn

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

Tom Friedel

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

John Picken

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

Stump Stabber

Jul 18, 2014
Richard Bartz

"Giant Ichneumon Wasp," by Christine Wren.

Common Mergansers

Jul 11, 2014
Amanda Bales

7/13/14 & 7/14/14: This week on Fieldnotes: "Common Mergansers," written by Kristi Johnson, read by Allison De Jong.

Pinedrops

Jul 4, 2014
Dave Powell, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

7/6/14 & 7/7/14: This week on Fieldnotes: "Pinedrops," by Peter Lesica, read by Anne Garde.

"All of our conifers form a symbiotic partnership with certain soil fungi. The fungus helps the tree get minerals and in return receives energy-rich carbohydrates. Pinedrops (Pterospora andromedea) insinuates itself into this partnership by taking some of those carbohydrates from the fungus.

Spiderwebs

Jun 27, 2014
Fir0002/Flagstaffotos.com.au

6/29/14 & 6/30/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Spiderwebs," written by Deborah Richie and Lynn Tennefoss, read by Caroline Kurtz. 

Tree Bark

Jun 20, 2014
Jami Dwyer

6/22/14 & 6/23/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Tree Bark," written by Peter Lesica, read by Anne Garde.

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