John Latimer

Staff Phenologist

As a mail carrier in rural Grand Rapids, Minn., for 35 years, John Latimer put his own stamp on a career that delivered more than letters. Indeed, while driving the hundred-mile round-trip daily route, he passed the time by observing and recording seasonal changes in nature, learning everything he could about the area’s weather, plants and animals, and becoming the go-to guy who could answer customers’ questions about what they were seeing in the environment.

The expertise he developed along the way turned him into one of Minnesota’s leading phenologists and host of a popular weekly radio show Phenology that attracts nature lovers and regular phenology contributors from around the state.

Ways to Connect

Karen Oothoudt via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

We care deeply about the natural world around us here at KAXE-KBXE.  Each week our resident phenologist John Latimer's Phenology Report provides a comprehensive look at what's  happening in nature here in northern Minnesota.  Birds are returning, eaglets are hatching, leaves are popping and the world is greening up.  Spring is in full swing in northern Minnesota!

Eileen Schwankl Menefee via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Every Tuesday we hear from students and listeners as they send in weekly Phenology observations.   As spring makes way for summer, there has been tons of activity out in the woods, on the lakes and along paths  and roadways we humans ride, walk and run on.  This week we heard from students in 9 different schools as well as other non-school related youth observations and reports from adults as well!  We're so grateful for everyone who shared what they've been noticing and we are so proud of all the kids who contribute to

White Pelicans

May 15, 2018
allaboutbirds.org / Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Jake Graham spoke with John Latimer about white pelicans on Red Lake.

What have you been observing on area lakes?  Send it along to comments@kaxe.org

Steve Patterson via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Every Tuesday we hear from students and listeners as they send in weekly Phenology observations. 

Marilyn Lee via KAXE/KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Every Tuesday we hear from students and listeners as they send in weekly Phenology observations.  In this  Phenology Talkbacks segment, we hear a wide array student reports as well as comments from avid listeners and nature watchers across the KAXE/KBXE listening area

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