MPG North Field Note: Spring - Warm Weather After a Long, Cold Winter

After a long, cold winter, the plants and wildlife at MPG North finally woke up. The field crew performed our annual spring cleaning under clear skies.

Posted on 5/17/2017 by Beau Larkin

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After a long winter and wet spring, western trillium blooms in unexpected locations.
A bank-full Home Pond reflects clouds.
For several days, male buffleheads chased each other to opposite ends of the pond until an apparent truce halted their aggression.
Giant western painted turtles remained on the platform as I took photographs.
Almost all of the skunk cabbages we planted last year have made it through the winter.
This year, even the Pothole filled to the brim with snowmelt.
Two Vesper Sparrows flushed from the grass in Entrance Meadow as I walked through.
Dark-eyed Juncos stay on their nests until I get close.
This common garter found daytime temperatures suitable for foraging.
Lorinda and Emily startled this pregnant northern flying squirrel while cleaning out bird boxes.
After a cool, wet spring, sluggish western tent caterpillars have emerged.
Morels seldom appear here, possibly because this mushroom prefers sites with recent disturbance by fire.
After many years without site-specific weather data, we have installed a new weather station.
The field crew spent two days at MPG North. I found Lorinda with three crew members in the NE Clearcut.
Black and white peak