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.  Spring is on hold.  Listen to the report to find out how this year is measuring up to years past.

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.   

Wendie Gale Carlson 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 student reports from Ely, Virginia, Duluth, Iron, Bemidji,   the Brainerd Friends of Nature Club, and the Crow Wing Homeschooler.  Ravens and crows, some oak branches budding, bald eagles eating deer carcasses and boreal owls are just a few of the details in this week's reports!

John Latimer 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.

Elissa Gallien via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB page

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

Chelsea Wavrin Morgan via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Every Tuesday we hear from students and listeners as they send in weekly Phenology observations.  In this wide ranging Phenology Talkbacks segment, we hear from students in Ely, Virginia, Two Harbors, Bemidji, and Northfield.  John also reports on several emails he received this week from observant adults.  Folks are seeing a burst of new activity in nature these days including sandhill cranes, bats, wild turkeys, swans and sap taps.  Click on the link for a full report!

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