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:||7:40 pm|
|Air Temperature:||26°F||Snow Cover:||100%|
|Wind Speed:||7 mph||Ice on Lake:||0%|
|Wind Dir:||NW||Ice on River:||0%|
|Cloud Cover:||100%||Aurora Seen:||N|
What we saw:
|Mammals (1 seen)||Tracks (0 seen)|
|Arctic Ground Squirrel|
|Bird Species (10 seen)||Bird Families (8 seen)|
American Tree Sparrow
General comments on the day:
Snow has continued to fall up to and including right now - lightly for the most part, but sticking around as the temperature has dipped pretty well below freezing. Strong winds and more snow are forecasted for tonight. Road conditions were deplorable and visibility was low today but I managed to find some Lapland Longspurs feeding on seeds atop the snow along the driveway. A couple more of Team Bird's White-Crowned Sparrows have departed, leaving 6 remaining. -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 31 Aug 2015
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See the Snow Cover Monitoring section for more daily images from Toolik.