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:||8:09 pm|
|Air Temperature:||31°F||Snow Cover:||100%|
|Wind Speed:||7 mph||Ice on Lake:||1-5%|
|Wind Dir:||SSE||Ice on River:||1-5%|
|Cloud Cover:||36-64%||Aurora Seen:||Y|
What we saw:
|Mammals (1 seen)||Tracks (2 seen)|
|Bird Species (4 seen)||Bird Families (4 seen)|
General comments on the day:
Who goes there? The attached image shows the tracks of a red fox heading south from the Imnavait Creek basin this afternoon. In the winter, snow cover provides an excellent way to see what wildlife has passed through. As a scientist once told me in Greenland, "the snow doesn't lie." It's true, and if we pay attention, it can tell us neat stories about our surroundings - the flight of a ptarmigan, a fox stalking a ground squirrel in spring, the predominant winds, and rainfall and melt events that occurred during the winter. A small group of snow buntings flew overhead while I was powering down an autonomous station near Galbraith Lake. Otherwise, a flock of redpolls near the station and the ubiquitous ravens were all I saw in the skies. -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 29 Sep 2016
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