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:||45°F||Snow Cover:||0%|
|Wind Speed:||12 mph||Ice on Lake:||0%|
|Wind Dir:||NW||Ice on River:||0%|
|Cloud Cover:||36-64%||Aurora Seen:||N|
What we saw:
|Mammals (2 seen)||Tracks (0 seen)|
|Arctic Ground Squirrel|
|Bird Species (4 seen)||Bird Families (4 seen)|
General comments on the day:
I found three surprise guests this morning - a trio of dark-eyed juncos over on the north end of the lake, flitting about in the tallest willow. They belong in the boreal forest to the south, not here on the arctic tundra, but I appreciate any adventurous roving bird when I meet one. Even some birds like to get out of their comfort zone now and again, and why not? Also, avian eyes are more expressive than most people realize - if you look closely you can always tell when a duck spies a raptor a thousand feet above your head that you never would have noticed, or when a fool-eyed rooster is doing it's own low-wattage version of thinking about sinking a crusty spur into your guts. One of these juncos regarded me with threadbare interest for the briefest second before getting back to the busy business of feeding. I guess I wasn't of much interest - they're exploring a whole new environment, after all, and have bigger fish to fry. -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 17 Sep 2014
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See the Snow Cover Monitoring section for more daily images from Toolik.