Ptarmigan

Ptarmigan (Lagopus spp.) are the unofficial mascots of Climate Dynamics, based on a minor inside joke that is understood by anyone who has finished the course. Some natural history is available at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/education/wns/ptarmigan.pdf. Recently, the groundbreaking paper that led to our interest in ptarmigan has inspired another landmark study of bioclimatic interactions.