Montana Natural History Center

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 The leaves gradually change color as nutrients are withdrawn and transferred to roots and stems.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.
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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/

Marat Roytman

"Fieldnotes," September 8th & 9th, 2013: "Mallard Sleep," written by Kassy Holzheimer, read by Nicole Schegg.  http://www.montananaturalist.org/

"Although technically, the mallard is sleeping, one side of its brain remains active throughout the night. The open eye usually points towards potentially dangerous directions, and when it recognizes a danger, the mallard becomes fully awake quickly and can usually escape."

Mosses: Sponges of the Air

Aug 29, 2013

"Fieldnotes," September 1st & 2nd, 2013: "Moss," by Erica Wetter.  http://www.montananaturalist.org/

"My eyes alighted on a spectacular patch of jade green smack-dab in the middle of the sandy-colored rocks: moss. I leaned close and the fresh aroma of moist springtime soil rose up to meet me. It was like diving into a lake on a steamy summer night. The moss was like a miniature paradise, with waterfalls spilling down into tiny green valleys."

A Spin on Sex Roles: Wilson's Phalarope

Aug 23, 2013
Dominic Sherony

"Fieldnotes," August 25th & 26th, 2013: "Wilson's Phalarope," by Nicole Schegg.  http://www.montananaturalist.org/

"Wilson's Phalaropes are the exception to the rule in the bird rule, because the typical sex roles are reversed. These birds are polyandrous, which means that the female mates with several males. The females are more boldly patterned than the males. The females chase the males, display courting behavior, and the  male is responsible for incubating the eggs."

Nature's Ecosystem Engineers: Beavers

Aug 16, 2013

"Fieldnotes," August 18th & 19th, 2013: "Beaver Dams," by Elizabeth Ann Straub.  http://www.montananaturalist.org/

Huckleberry Time

Aug 9, 2013

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."

Order in the Turkey Roost

Aug 2, 2013
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/

What can turn tree sap into...honeydew?

Jul 26, 2013
Dmitri Don

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

Mistaken Identity: Gopher Snakes

Jul 18, 2013
Gopher snake (Pituophis catenifer).
USFWS (PD)

"A gopher snake can be quite intimidating, especially when it imitates rattlesnake behavior."

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