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

John Latimer

Each week we take a close look at the natural world around us in the weekly Phenology Report.  Have a question, comment or observation about what you are noticing outside?  We'd love to hear from you!  Send an email, leave a voice message at 218-999-9876 or connect with us on the KAXE/KBXE Season Watch Page on Facebook.   Your thoughts help tell the phenology story of our amazing region! 

Marilyn Lee via KAXE/KBXE Season Watch FB page

Every Tuesday we talk phenology during the KAXE/KBXE Morning Show.  During our "Talkback" time, we compile the nature reports from listeners and share them with the world.  What are you noticing outside?  We'd love to hear about it.  Give us a call at 218-999-9876, send us an email or check out our KAXE/KBXE Season Watch on Facebook and join in a conversation there.  

Karen Oothoudt via KAXE/KBXE Season Watch Facebook Page

Click on the link for today's full Phenology Report!  Also included this week is important information about  upcoming one day Master Naturalist Workshop that will prepare teachers and others to be phenological guides and get kids jazzed about observing the natural world around them.   

Dallas Clell Hudson via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Every week we gather the Phenology comments, questions and observations from listeners and share them with the world during the Phenology Talkback segment of the Tuesday Morning Show.  Click on the link to hear what your neighbors have been noticing! 

What have you been witnessing in nature?  We'd love to hear about it.  Give us a jingle to leave a voice message at 218.999.9876 or send an email along. 

Jason Mandich via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate.  Each week John Latimer prepares a full phenology report comparing current conditions with his more than 30 years of nature nature notes.  Click on the link for this week's report! 

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