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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8:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Huckleberry Time

http://www.montananaturalist.org/

"The fruit is the easiest way to tell huckleberries from unrelated plants. However, if no fruit is showing, the leaves and stems are where to look. Huckleberry leaves are always alternating along the stems, unlike many look-alike plants that have opposing leaf patterns. Huckleberry leaves are broad and lance-shaped, and their stems make a zig-zag pattern. They grow mostly on mountain slopes, at medium to high elevations."

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Field Notes
2:20 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Order in the Turkey Roost

Credit The National Wild Turkey Federation

"Fieldnotes," August 4th & 5th, 2013: "Wild Turkey Hierarchy," by Jim Giese (read by Allison de Jong).  http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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6:02 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

What can turn tree sap into...honeydew?

Credit Dmitri Don

"Fieldnotes," July 28th & 29, 2013: "Aphids," by John McCutcheon (read by Allison de Jong).  http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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2:21 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Mistaken Identity: Gopher Snakes

Pituophis catenifer, or gopher snake
Credit Julia Larson

"Fieldnotes," July 21st & 22nd, 2013: "Gopher Snakes," by Tim Giese (read by Allison de Jong).  http://www.montananaturalist.org/

"The holler of "Rattlesnake!" from the rear of the line snapped each of us from our contemplative walk. After a closer look, I recognized its true identity: a gopher snake - Montana's largest and perhaps most ubiquitous snake."

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