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:||7:24 pm|
|Air Temperature:||49°F||Snow Cover:||0%|
|Wind Speed:||6 mph||Ice on Lake:||0%|
|Wind Dir:||E||Ice on River:||0%|
|Cloud Cover:||65-94%||Aurora Seen:||N|
What we saw:
|Mammals (3 seen)||Tracks (0 seen)|
|Arctic Ground Squirrel|
|Bird Species (15 seen)||Bird Families (11 seen)|
American Tree Sparrow
Eastern Yellow Wagtail
General comments on the day:
A chilly day in the 30s and 40s with a few bugs braving the cold to challenge scientists in the field. The big news is that one of Team Bird's white-crowned sparrows (fitted with a radiotransmitter) was tracked to an ermine burrow near the old camp pad. The carcass was recovered (see photo by Jesse Krause), to the ermine's tiny dismay. A.k.a. the stoat, a.k.a. the short-tailed weasel, these fiesty little scalawags were once introduced to New Zealand to control introduced rabbit and hare populations and instead wreaked havoc on the resident bird populations. Why we ever think introducing non-native species is a good idea, I'll never understand. -Seth
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 Jul 2014
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See the Snow Cover Monitoring section for more daily images from Toolik.