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

Brent Olson via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Facebook Page

Every Tuesday, we take a close look at the natural world during our Phenology Show!  In this segment we assess what is blooming,  moving, flying, changing and a whole bunch of other interesting things going on out in nature!  Listen closely and you can discover what prunescence is!  What have you been noticing?  We'd love to hear about it.

Michelle DeVries via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Page

Every Tuesday we combine all the phenology notes people have phoned, emailed, texted or sent in via mail-carrier and present them to you during the "talkback" section of the Tuesday Phenology show.  This week was a busy one out in nature... maple trees being buzzed by bees, cicadas calling, turtles laying eggs, dragonflies, butterflies, spiders, and more were all reported to us!  Click on the link for the full report.  

www.lyndavmapes.com

Lynda V. Mapes is the environmental reporter for the Seattle Times. She researched and wrote Witness Tree while a Knight Fellow in science journalism at MIT and a Bullard Fellow in forest research in residence with her oak at the Harvard Forest.

Elissa Gallien via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Phenology is the biological nature of events as they relate to climate.   Today's report includes all kinds of action.  Turtles are on the move and we hope people are watching out for them along the highways.  Trees and shrubs are flowering like crazy and the wildflowers are creating quite a gorgeous spectacle!  To many people's chagrin, the horseflies, deerflies and mosquitos are back in full force.  It really is a phenomenal time to live in northern Minnesota!  Click on the link for the full report that includes a sweet lesson in baby turtles.  

Jill Parson

 Every Tuesday we hear from people around the listening region and discover what they've noticed out in nature.  Today marks the last of the student reports for the schoolyear and we are already looking forward to hearing from the kids next fall.   If you have a classroom or know of a teacher who would like to incorporate our phenology program into the school schedule, send an email and we'll get you hooked up! 

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