A Day from the Naturalist Journal
We currently collect daily observations of weather, wildlife and phenological characteristics around the Toolik Lake region. Recordings of storm events and duration, cloud cover, air temperature, wind speed, fog and percent snowcover are taken each day. Wildlife activity in and around camp is recorded, including birds, fish and insects sightings. We note the timing of ice out and ice up on Toolik Lake, as well as green-up measurements in the spring and senescence measurements in the fall.
Summary from the Toolik Lake Naturalist Journal
|Time of Day:||7:30 pm|
|Air Temperature:||26°F||Snow Cover:||95-99%|
|Wind Speed:||6 mph||Ice on Lake:||100%|
|Wind Dir:||NNW||Ice on River:||100%|
|Cloud Cover:||95-99%||Aurora Seen:||N|
What we saw:
|Mammals (2 seen)||Tracks (0 seen)|
|Arctic Ground Squirrel|
|Bird Species (6 seen)||Bird Families (5 seen)|
|American Tree Sparrow|
General comments on the day:
A fog rolled in to camp again this afternoon, obscuring the landscape. Driving south, it cleared within a few miles and the Brooks Range felt like sunny paradise. Near Atigun Gorge I saw an American Tree Sparrow and White-crowned sparrow, and a Northern Harrier and Short-eared Owl on the drive back north. A group of sheep were scattered across the south-west facing slopes soaking up the sun. It's an incredible thing to watch them move through rocky terrain - they have cloven hooves with flexible toes and rough pads that assist in steep landscapes. A bee buzzed right by my head, the first I've seen this season! Also the first blooms: douglasia ochotensis, pictured below. - bvd
All images courtesy Toolik Field Station unless otherwise noted in comments.
If you use data from this page, please cite the data according to the following format: Environmental Data Center Team. Year of data retrieval. Toolik naturalist' s journal. Toolik Field Station, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775. http://toolik.alaska.edu/edc/journal/index.php
for 4 May 2016
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See the Snow Cover Monitoring section for more daily images from Toolik.