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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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Walking in the Golden Rain

Oct 11, 2013
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."

Autumn Leaves

Oct 4, 2013
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 The leaves gradually change color as nutrients are withdrawn and transferred to roots and stems.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."

Painted Lady Butterflies

Sep 27, 2013

"Fieldnotes," September 29th & 30th, 2013: "Painted Lady Butterflies," by Byron Weber / Caroline Kurtz.
http://www.montananaturalist.org/

Glacial Lake Missoula

Sep 20, 2013
Wikimedia Commons

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

James Woodcock

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

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