- Date of the trip Monday 23, 2020
- Location The latitude, longitude, and approximate elevation of the site(s); Longitude of Big Sky: -111.3080244; Latitude of Big Sky: 45.2617806
- Image or map of the hike location or driving directions from USF or your home.
- 1. Turn right on Eagle Flight Drive onto Erringer Road
- 2. Continue on Erringer Road for 500 feet
- 3. Turn left onto Lost Canyon Drive.
- 4. Continue up the road for one mile.
- A brief description of the site(s).
- Topography (steep slopes, flat, hilly)
- The Big Sky Dog Park is up on a hill, but has a flattened area for dogs to run around. It has a slight slope and is surrounded by rolling hills.
- general habitat (e.g., open chaparral, mixed conifer forest, etc.)
- It has many shrubs and greenery. There are a few trees scattered around the area.
- List at least 5 different species seen on the hike. This can include plants, animals, insects (native or non-native) (include pictures). Try to find the scientific name (genus and species), you can use order or family for insects.
- There were not many species that I could find on the hike. On the way to the location, I spotted English lavender, two Maltese dogs, ants trails, crows and some honeybees.
Medium sized bird (2 ft) with dark feathers, perched on a post. It was vocalizing with other crows. There was most likely one of the prey in the surrounding bushes. It was not eating or displaying typically mating behavior. The crow, or Corvus brachyrhynchos, is a large breasted, sharp beaked bird that is found all around America. They are omnivores and are commonly found resting in trees or anywhere tall (American Crow Overview, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Crow/overview
I saw the crow on my walk to the Big Sky dog park. The weather was very dreary during the morning at around 10:00. There was nothing out of the usual during my walk. At the site, I observed two white maltese dogs running around the park. There were a few trees around the park. At a bench, I saw two trails of ants. There were some planted lavender plants at the park’s entrance and more shrubs at the dog park entrance. There was a slight breeze as well.