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:||60°F||Snow Cover:||6-35%|
|Wind Speed:||15 mph||Ice on Lake:||65-94%|
|Wind Dir:||N||Ice on River:||0%|
|Cloud Cover:||36-64%||Aurora Seen:||N|
What we saw:
|Mammals (4 seen)||Tracks (0 seen)|
|Arctic Ground Squirrel|
|Bird Species (50 seen)||Bird Families (24 seen)|
|American Golden Plover|
American Tree Sparrow
Greater White-fronted Goose
General comments on the day:
The continued warmth has brought out a few mosquitos - but thankfully they're still the big, slow, and dumb ones: easy targets. Heading up to Ice Cut and back we found Smith's Longspurs (one pictured) calling out their territorial boundaries along the Sag River a couple miles south of Ice Cut. We also found a pair of Least Sandpipers and Semipalmated Plovers (pictured) in the same area, and saw a pair of Peregrine Falcons mating... briefly. The male flew off with a victory cry and the female remained hunched on the tundra, looking unimpressed. A lone Long-Tailed Jaeger flying over the tundra and a lone Merlin perched on a lone rock rounded out a lovely day. -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 21 May 2015
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See the Snow Cover Monitoring section for more daily images from Toolik.