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:||8:40 pm|
|Air Temperature:||51°F||Snow Cover:||0%|
|Wind Speed:||10 mph||Ice on Lake:||0%|
|Wind Dir:||N||Ice on River:||0%|
|Cloud Cover:||100%||Aurora Seen:||N|
What we saw:
|Mammals (1 seen)||Tracks (0 seen)|
|Arctic Ground Squirrel|
|Bird Species (15 seen)||Bird Families (12 seen)|
|American Golden Plover|
American Tree Sparrow
General comments on the day:
This morning all seven Northern Pintail ducklings were feeding in the pond behind the ATCO's. I'm glad they're all still chugging along! We checked on the green-winged teal nest yesterday. The eggs hadn't hatched yet, but the parent(s) covered the eggs with a layer of down feathers, perhaps to keep them warm through this ongoing cold spell. In other news, I spotted my favorite plant family today, Gentianaceae. Looks like they finally emerged while I was on my break. I spotted two different species, Gentiana glauca (pictured) and Gentiana propinqua. Gentians are cosmopolitan species found in alpine areas throughout much of the world. The root of certain gentian species is one of the ingredients in Angostura bitters and is used to produce a distilled beverage in the Alps. The ones up here aren't, but they sure are charming! -Adeline
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 3 Jul 2015
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See the Snow Cover Monitoring section for more daily images from Toolik.