Relearning the wildlife of Gothic

Yesterday I showed my labmate some of the common plants and insects (and birds) that she will likely encounter during her own research, which provided a good refresher lesson for me as well.

Gothic Mountain
Gothic Mountain

Gothic Mountain
Close-up of Gothic Mountain.

Gothic Mountain
Hiking along the Deer Creek Trail.

Gothic Mountain
Panoramic shot of Mt. Crested Butte, Snodgrass Mountain, and Gothic Mountain (left to right).  See larger image here.

Smooth Woodland Star (Lithophragma glabrum)

Some kind of Draba, I think.

Aspen Forest
Hypnotizing aspen forest.

We watched a Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) performed its hovering skills.  Incredible!

Dead rodent on the trail with beetles and flies all over it.

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Deer Creek Trail
The end of one section of the trail.

Deer Creek Trail
Montane meadow covered by spring beauties and glacier lilies.

Glacier lily (Erythronium grandiflorum)
Glacier lily (Erythronium grandiflorum)

Noticing a lot of Warbling Vireos (Vireo gilvus) this year.

Bombus bifarius visiting Mertensia fusiformis

Mahonia repens

Unknown Tyrannidae
My labmate thinks this is a Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus).

Some kind of sparrow.

We think this is a Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)

Red fox (Vulpes vulpes)
As we headed back into Gothic, we saw a common resident of the area - the Red fox (Vulpes vulpes).

Red fox (Vulpes vulpes)
It paid no attention to us whatsoever.

Today I started one of my researches - examining to see if surface tension can prevent water from entering the floral tube, and subsequently influence plant reproductive success.

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