Xerophyllum tenax, a.k.a. Indian basket grass
8:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Beargrass, The Lily Loved By Rodents, Humans, Goats and Bears

Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) blooming along Glacier National Park's Iceberg Lake Trail, Montana.
Credit National Park Service

"Fieldnotes," December 15th & 16th, 2013: "Beargrass," by Lois Mason.

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Halos, glories, sundogs and coronas
8:00 am
Fri December 6, 2013


Credit Wing-Chi Poon

"Fieldnotes," December 8th & 9th, 2013: "Rainbows," by Caroline Kurtz.

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Dinnertime at the Campground
8:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Snake Encounters

Bullsnake (Pituophis melanoleucus)

"Fieldnotes," December 1st & 2nd, 2013: "Snake Encounters," by Edward Monnig.

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Gall Gourmands at the Larvae Lunch Counter
8:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Woodpeckers and Insect Larvae

Adult male Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens.
Credit Peter De Wit

"Fieldnotes," November 24th & 25th, 2013: "Gall Foragers," by Charles Miller / Caroline Kurtz.

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For Fawns, Calves, Lambs and Kids, Timing Matters
8:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Ungulate Breeding Calendar

Male bison fighting, Grand Teton N.P.

"Fieldnotes," November 17th & 18th, 2013:"Ungulate Mating Seasons," by Milo Burcham / Caroline Kurtz.

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Cheetahs, Ground Sloths and Short-Faced Bears
8:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Pleistocene Plains

Pleistocene Megafauna of North America
Credit Dantheman9758

"Fieldnotes," November 10th & 11th, 2013: "Pleistocene Megafauna," by Thomas McKean.

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Big Birds and Electrical Poles
8:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Live Wires, Dead Birds

Note the long plastic component: it's called a conducting insulator, and it prevents a bird from touching the middle electrical line.
Credit Rick Harness and EDM International, Inc.

"Fieldnotes," November 3rd & 4th, 2013: "Raptor Electrocution," by Jessica Lindsay.

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Nature's Costumes


"Fieldnotes," October 27th & 28th, 2013: "Halloween," by Lynn Tennefoss & Caroline Kurtz (read by Allison de Jong).

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Furry Indicator Species for Climate Science
8:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Tiny But Tough: The American Pika

Credit Brian Crawford /

"Fieldnotes," October 20th & 21st, 2013: "American Pika," by Jessie Grossman and Allison de Jong.

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Walking in the Golden Rain

Western Larch
Credit Montucky /

"Fieldnotes," October 13th & 14th, 2013: "Larch," by Edward Monnig.

"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."

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