Montana Natural History Center

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.

Bird Migration

Mar 14, 2014
Andreas Trepte

3/16/14  &  3/17/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Bird Migration, Part 2," by Andrea and Don Stierle.

Birds of a Feather

Mar 7, 2014
Douglas Dunn

3/9/14 and 3/10/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Bird Social Behavior," by Mark Hanson.

"Except when mating and nesting, Bohemian and Cedar waxwings are simply highly social birds. They seek food and water supplies large enough for the entire flock. Even more remarkably, they will sometimes pass berries from bird to bird down a line until a berry is finally swallowed. They not only eat together, but they may also become intoxicated together, indulging their tendency to gorge themselves on overripe berries."

Montana's Moose Population

Feb 28, 2014
Ryan Hagerty, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

"Fieldnotes," March 2nd & 3rd, 2014: “Moose in Montana," by Matt Hannon. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

Mule Deer Scent Behavior

Feb 21, 2014
Yathin S Krishnappa

"Fieldnotes," February 23rd & 24th, 2014: "Mule Deer Scent Behavior," by Beverly Dupree. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

"It would be easy to assume, looking at those ears, that the mule deer's most important sense is hearing. But then I noticed a curious behavior that led me to the conclusion that mule deer depend just as much on smell as on hearing.

Science and Nature

Feb 19, 2014

Which animals stay warmest in winter? Brian Williams from the Montana Natural History Center will conduct an experiment today on the Pea Green Boat to help us find the answer. Join us today between 4 and 5:00 p.m.

Chinook Winds

Feb 14, 2014
F.A.A.

"Fieldnotes," February 16th & 17th, 2014: "Chinook Winds," by Stephanie Gripne & Caroline Kurtz. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

Owl Afternoon

Feb 7, 2014
angusleonard

"Fieldnotes," February 9th & 10th, 2014: "Owl Afternoon," by Caroline Kurtz. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

Blue Stain Fungus and Mountain Pine Beetles

Jan 24, 2014
U.S. Forest Service

"Fieldnotes," January 26th & 27th, 2014: "Blue Stain and Beetles," by Richarda Ruffle.

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Big Sagebrush

Jan 17, 2014
Sue Weis, Inyo National Forest, U.S.F.S.

"Fieldnotes," January 19th & 20th, 2014: "Big Sagebrush," by Katie McKalip. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

River Otters

Jan 10, 2014
Ken Thomas

"Fieldnotes," January 12th & 13th, 2014: "River Otters," by Beth Horn & Caroline Kurtz. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

The Eyes of Jumping Spiders

Jan 3, 2014
Opoterser

"Fieldnotes," January 5th & 6th, 2014: "Jumping Spiders," by Sallie Sills. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

Clark's Nutcracker

Dec 27, 2013
Michael Sulis

"Fieldnotes," December 29th & 30th, 2013: "Clark's Nutcracker," by Charles Miller / Caroline Kurtz.

http://www.montananaturalist.org/

Evergreen Needles

Dec 20, 2013
Oregon State University

"Fieldnotes," December 22nd & 23rd, 2013: "Evergreen Needles," by Peter Lesica / Annie Garde.

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National Park Service

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

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Rainbows

Dec 6, 2013
Wing-Chi Poon

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

http://www.montananaturalist.org/

Snake Encounters

Nov 29, 2013

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

http://www.montananaturalist.org/

Woodpeckers and Insect Larvae

Nov 22, 2013
Peter De Wit

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

http://www.montananaturalist.org/

Ungulate Breeding Calendar

Nov 15, 2013

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

Pleistocene Plains

Nov 8, 2013
Dantheman9758

"Fieldnotes," November 10th & 11th, 2013: "Pleistocene Megafauna," by Thomas McKean. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

Live Wires, Dead Birds

Nov 1, 2013
Rick Harness and EDM International, Inc.

"Fieldnotes," November 3rd & 4th, 2013: "Raptor Electrocution," by Jessica Lindsay. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

Nature's Costumes

Oct 25, 2013
http://onegreatbackyard.blogspot.com/

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

Tiny But Tough: The American Pika

Oct 18, 2013
Brian Crawford / http://rockymountainwild.org/species/american-pika

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

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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