Field Notes

Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Do you Hear the Grasshopper Which is at Your Feet?

Credit James Woodcock

"Fieldnotes," September 15th & 16th, 2013: "Grasshoppers," by Leeann Drabenstott / Caroline Kurtz. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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8:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

One Eye Open: Mallard Sleep

Credit 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."

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1:26 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Mosses: Sponges of the Air

Moss in the Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania.

"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."

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8:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

A Spin on Sex Roles: Wilson's Phalarope

female Wilson's Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)
Credit 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."

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8:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Nature's Ecosystem Engineers: Beavers

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

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8:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Huckleberry Time

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"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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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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