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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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! 

Marilyn Lee via FB KAXE-KBXE Season Watch page

  Each Tuesday, our resident phenologist John Latimer takes listeners on a journey through the outdoor world. This week, listeners learn about breeding practices of the adorable saw whet owl and recently noticed flight activity of the Canada goose and the Tundra Swan.  John talks with Harvey Tjader about wind pollination vs insect pollination, changes occurring in trees and shrubs at this time and evergreen varieties to keep an eye out for right now.  

Steve Patterson via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Each week, our resident phenologist John Latimer gives a full phenology report.  In this week's report, John discusses great horned owl and eagle nesting habits, gives an education on ticks, shares his longing to see a snowy owl, his love of walking frozen bogs and when we'll start to see wildlife including red tail hawks, killdear and blue herons. 

Drew Brockett via Season Watch FB Page

Each week, our resident phenologist John Latimer provides listeners with a full report of what has been happening out in nature over the course of the week.  This week the report includes an early thunderstorm, aspen buds, pussy willow flowers, butterfly watch, a robin clarification lesson, and what birds to watch for in the coming days.  Bog walking, lakes melting, the end of the lake skating, and the sound of a saw whet owl...

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