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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Geothermal Springs and Thermophiles
8:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Hot Springs

Grand Prismatic Spring and Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park.
Credit Brocken Inaglory

"Fieldnotes," February 2nd & 3rd, 2014: "Hot Springs," by Zach Voyles & Caroline Kurtz. http://www.montananaturalist.org/

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Blue Stain Fungus and Mountain Pine Beetles

Blue stain fungus (Grosmannia clavigera)
Credit U.S. Forest Service

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

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Field Notes
8:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Big Sagebrush

Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata)
Credit Sue Weis, Inyo National Forest, U.S.F.S.

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

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Field Notes
4:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

River Otters

North American river otter (Lontra canadensis)
Credit Ken Thomas

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

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Looking Before They Leap
8:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

The Eyes of Jumping Spiders

Credit Opoterser

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

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One Corvid's remarkable long-term spatial memory
8:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Clark's Nutcracker

Clark's Nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana)
Credit Michael Sulis

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

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Leaves Built For Montana's Winters
8:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Evergreen Needles

Subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa)
Credit Oregon State University

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

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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

Rainbows

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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