Phenology

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Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate.  John Latimer shares his phenology notes on what he has been observing this week.

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LeAnn Plinske via KAXE-KBXE Season WatchPage on FB

Our resident phenologist John Latimer gives his full, weekly report of observations he's made in the natural world as they relate to climate.  Spring is in the air! Listen to the report for a full breakdown of what is going on outside these days.  An analysis of tree maturation compared to other years, sightings of northern harriers, redwing black birds, grackles, blue birds, butterflies, junco, and wood frogs and spring peepers are all in the mix this week!  

Sue Keeler via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Page

Spring is in the air and the phenological signs are all around us! We heard from kids and grown ups all across the listening area this week!  From as far north as Baudette and as far south as Crosby-Ironton, our listeners are observing the subtle changes in nature and we are loving it!  Thanks to everyone who contributed to the talkback show this week.

If you are interested in becoming a Phenology reporter but not sure where to start, this could be for you. John Latimer has created an easy-to-use tracking sheet for budding Phenologists of all ages. The worksheet lists a variety of seasonal events, along with the average date from John's records, and space for your notes.

John Swartz via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Phenology is the rhythmic, biological nature of events as they relate to climate.  Our resident phenologist John Latimer has been keeping phenology notes for 33 years, documenting the subtle and not so subtle changes he notices in the natural world.  Every week, he gives our listeners a full report of what he's noticing as well as what others have reported.  This week's report is full of hints of spring!  Horned larks, red fox, bluebirds and even the very early wound of a wood frog all make it into this week's report. 

Jacob Laducer via KAXE KBXE Season Watch FB Group

We heard from students and adults from all over our listening area this week.  It's an exciting time in northern Minnesota and evidence of Spring is all around us!  The sap is running, the ice is cracking and morning cloak butterflies have arrived.  Reports of active wildlife abound - chipmunks, coyotes, muskrats, golden eyes,  hooded mergansers and a rooster that crowed 68 times in a row are just a few assurances that our weather is changing! 

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