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

LeAnn Plinske via KAXE-KBXE Season WatchPage on FB

Our resident phenologist John Latimer gives his full, weekly report of observations he's made in the natural world as they relate to climate.  Spring is in the air! Listen to the report for a full breakdown of what is going on outside these days.  An analysis of tree maturation compared to other years, sightings of northern harriers, redwing black birds, grackles, blue birds, butterflies, junco, and wood frogs and spring peepers are all in the mix this week!  

Sue Keeler via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Page

Spring is in the air and the phenological signs are all around us! We heard from kids and grown ups all across the listening area this week!  From as far north as Baudette and as far south as Crosby-Ironton, our listeners are observing the subtle changes in nature and we are loving it!  Thanks to everyone who contributed to the talkback show this week.

If you are interested in becoming a Phenology reporter but not sure where to start, this could be for you. John Latimer has created an easy-to-use tracking sheet for budding Phenologists of all ages. The worksheet lists a variety of seasonal events, along with the average date from John's records, and space for your notes.

Dallas Clell Hudson via Season Watch Facebook Group

This week in the Phenology Report,  resident phenologist  John Latimer takes listeners on a bit of an adventure.    In just a few minutes,   we hear him imitate the call of a saw-whet owl,   learn why it's troubling to see a bat at this time of year, listen to the cardinal's song,  find out about porcupines in trees and coyotes' howls, and discover the subtle clues eagles and ravens have for us in terms of our season change.

Dallas Clell Hudson via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

  

John Latimer's Phenology Show  is one way Northern Community Radio connects listeners with the northwoods in which we live.  It's one way we connect listeners to each other, as well.  Every Tuesday we hear from classrooms and regular folks reporting the subtle changes they notice in nature.  

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