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

Weekly Phenology

Mar 1, 2017
Bonny Bouta Paetznick via Season Watch FB page

Each week, our resident phenologist John Latimer looks closely at what's happening in the natural world and gives listeners a full report on his observations of the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate.   This week's report includes a variety of bird songs, discussion about temperature changes and talk about the effect climate change has had on bird migration.

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.  

Phenology Report

Feb 15, 2017
Bill Marshall via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Owls, cardinals and snow scorpion flies, oh my!  Phenology is the rhythmic biological events of nature as they relate to climate.  Our resident phenologist John Latimer looks back at his phenology notes and compares them to what he's been seeing in the past week in this segment of the Phenology Show.  

Angela Nistler via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Group on FB

Phenology Talkbacks happen every Tuesday at Northern Community Radio.  It's the time in our week when we compile and share the comments, questions and observations about nature that listeners send our way.   This week we heard from several astute youngsters around the listening area.  We're impressed with these kids' observation skills!  What have you noticed out in nature these days?  We would love to hear about it!

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