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

Jill Dalbacka via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

 

Tuesdays are about nature on Northern Community Radio.  Our Phenology Talkbacks segment is the time of the week when we share what listeners have been noticing outside.   This week, Ed Dallas reported from a home on the north shore of Great Slave Lake... musk oxen, frogs, and dragon flies were among his oberservations.  Also in this segment, John Latimer dives deep into how caterpillars protect themselves and  the architectual phenomenon that is the web of the orb weaver spider.  Did you know that even though an orb spider can only see an inch or so in front of it, if an insect lands far from the spider on the web, the spider can scurry across the web to its prey based on the vibrational clues felt in its legs?  Pretty cool. 

 

Each week, our resident Phenologist John Latimer reports on the subtle and not so subtle phenological changes he's noticed in the past week.  This week John looks closely at changes in foliage, tree health, blooming asters, goldrenrods and much more. 

As always, we love to hear what our listeners are noticing out in nature.  Give us a call at 218.999.9876 and let us know what is happening around your place.  You can also send an email directly to John.  Either way, we want to hear from you!

Sue Keeler via KAXE/KBXE Season Watch FB Page

 

In our phenology talkback segment we share comments related to the outdoors that have come our way over the course of the week.   It's a fantastic time of the year to be outside relishing in all the glory nature has to offer. Egrets, hummingbirds, warblers, and advice on hazelnut picking are all included in this week's talkback segment.

Every Tuesday on the Phenology program, our resident Phenologist John Latimer digs deep into the natural world around us.  In our Phenology Talkback segment, he gathers and shares comments and questions about nature from listeners.  In his Phenology Show segment, he reflects on his own journals and observations about developments in nature.  Tune in to our morning show every Tuesday for these features as well as meaningful conversations with other visitors in our studio who have a whole lot of knowledge to share about weather, climate and the subtle changes happening in the environment.

Cis Pecarich Ramsdell via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Each week, our resident Phenologist John Latimer puts together a report of the subtle and not so subtle phenological changes he's noticed in the past week and he shares those observations with our listeners. 

As always, we love to hear what our listeners are noticing out in nature.  Give us a call at 218.999.9876 and let us know what is happening around your place.  You can also send an email directly to John.  Either way, we want to hear from you!

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