Field Notes

Sunday 12:55 PM, Tuesdays and Fridays at 4:54 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] or (406) 327-0405.


May 23, 2014
Gaurav P.

5/25/14 & 5/26/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Mont-Africa," by Camille Barr.

Animal Curiosity

May 16, 2014

5/18/14 & 5/19/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Animal Curiosity," by Adam Phillips, read by Allison de Jong.

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...

Dave Carlson

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

Watermelon Snow

Apr 25, 2014

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


Apr 18, 2014

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


Apr 11, 2014
Brent Wilson

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

Chickadee Songs

Apr 4, 2014
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...

Mammal Insulation

Mar 28, 2014
Tim Bowman, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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

Canada Thistle

Mar 21, 2014
Oregon State University Research & Extension

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