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:||8:30 pm|
|Air Temperature:||45°F||Snow Cover:||0%|
|Wind Speed:||8 mph||Ice on Lake:||0%|
|Wind Dir:||N||Ice on River:||0%|
|Cloud Cover:||100%||Aurora Seen:||N|
What we saw:
|Mammals (3 seen)||Tracks (0 seen)|
|Arctic Ground Squirrel|
|Bird Species (16 seen)||Bird Families (11 seen)|
American Tree Sparrow
Eastern Yellow Wagtail
General comments on the day:
Dense fog and more drizzle today, throughout the whole day with only a little lifting and moving around of the fog. American pipits joined the sparrows, robins and wheatears feeding their young behind the EDC this afternoon, the parents barely able to keep up with the begging fledgelings. Red-breasted mergansers were seen near the outlet again. I caught a photo of two young sparrows this morning, one of which was outfitted with a band from Team Bird. It appears the other one is looking at it with envy - "where'd you get the cool bracelet?" -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 22 Jul 2014
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See the Snow Cover Monitoring section for more daily images from Toolik.