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Montana Natural History Center

A Spin on Sex Roles: Wilson's Phalarope

Aug 23, 2013
Dominic Sherony

"Fieldnotes," August 25th & 26th, 2013: "Wilson's Phalarope," by Nicole Schegg.  http://www.montananaturalist.org/

"Wilson's Phalaropes are the exception to the rule in the bird rule, because the typical sex roles are reversed. These birds are polyandrous, which means that the female mates with several males. The females are more boldly patterned than the males. The females chase the males, display courting behavior, and the  male is responsible for incubating the eggs."

Nature's Ecosystem Engineers: Beavers

Aug 16, 2013

"Fieldnotes," August 18th & 19th, 2013: "Beaver Dams," by Elizabeth Ann Straub.  http://www.montananaturalist.org/

Huckleberry Time

Aug 9, 2013

http://www.montananaturalist.org/

"The fruit is the easiest way to tell huckleberries from unrelated plants. However, if no fruit is showing, the leaves and stems are where to look. Huckleberry leaves are always alternating along the stems, unlike many look-alike plants that have opposing leaf patterns. Huckleberry leaves are broad and lance-shaped, and their stems make a zig-zag pattern. They grow mostly on mountain slopes, at medium to high elevations."

Order in the Turkey Roost

Aug 2, 2013
The National Wild Turkey Federation

"Fieldnotes," August 4th & 5th, 2013: "Wild Turkey Hierarchy," by Jim Giese (read by Allison de Jong).  http://www.montananaturalist.org/

What can turn tree sap into...honeydew?

Jul 26, 2013
Dmitri Don

"Fieldnotes," July 28th & 29, 2013: "Aphids," by John McCutcheon (read by Allison de Jong).  http://www.montananaturalist.org/

Mistaken Identity: Gopher Snakes

Jul 18, 2013
Gopher snake (Pituophis catenifer).
USFWS (PD)

"A gopher snake can be quite intimidating, especially when it imitates rattlesnake behavior."

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