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

Dallas Clell Hudson via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Every Tuesday we gather the comments, questions and observations from listeners and present them in the talkback segment of our Phenology Show.  Click on the link for this week's  PhenologyTalkbacks! 

Dallas Clell Hudson via KAXE/KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Tuesdays are special on Northern Community Radio.  It's the day we look closely at Phenology.  John Latimer has been keeping phenological notes for more than 30 years.   Comparing nature notes of years past with current happenings creates the weekly Phenology Report.  

Elissa Gallien via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Every Tuesday morning on Northern Community Radio we focus on the natural world during the Phenology Show.   Resident phenologist John Latimer guides us through the subtle changes in  nature we are experiencing in the KAXE/KBXE listening area. During the talkback  portion of the show,  we share the comments, questions and observations sent in by listeners. What have you noticed outside?  We'd love to hear about it.

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.  

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