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

Sarah MacRostie via KAXE/KBXE Season Watch FB Page

We're pretty bonkers about nature here at KAXE/KBXE Northern Community Radio.  We look forward to Tuesday because it's the  day we set aside to really dig into what is happening climate-wise around the listening area.  Our Phenology Talkback segment is the time of the week when we reflect on nature observations made by folks across the region.  They email us or leave voicemails on our talkback line (218.999.9876) expressing questions and comments about what they are noticing out in nature.  These Phenology help us tell the cli

Sue Keeler 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 provides a complete Phenology Report giving listeners a comprehensive look at what's  happening in nature here in northern Minnesota. And, a lot is happening out in nature in northern Minnesota right now!

What are you noticing?  Send us a note via email or leave a voicemail at 218.999.9876.  We'd love to hear about it.   

Nic Lewis via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB page

Tuesdays are special around Northern Community Radio.  It's the time of the week when we dig thru our virtual mailbag and discover what listeners are noticing outside as they send in weekly Phenology observations.

Katie Carter

We care deeply about the natural world around us here at KAXE-KBXE.  Each week our resident phenologist John Latimer provides a complete Phenology Report giving listeners a comprehensive look at what's  happening in nature here in northern Minnesota. And, a lot is happening out in nature in northern Minnesota right now!

Tom Cobb via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Every Tuesday we hear from students and listeners as they send in weekly Phenology observations.  Our last classroom reports for the year are included in these talkbacks. We've absolutely loved hearing from our student reporters this year and we'll miss them dearly this summer.  Hopefully they will continue to be observant and send their observations along to us via email!

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