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 Guida via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Page

 

Each week, our resident Phenologist John Latimer compiles his 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. This week, John discusses hummingbirds, apples, indian pipe, blooming goldenrods, falling acorns and many other signs that a new season is on the horizon. 

Brandon Lentz 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.   This week, we heard from Dick in Grand Rapids who reported seeing otters eating something in the lake,  our first school report arrived from the Circle of Life School in White Earth, Ian from Minneapolis submitted a mushroom report, and David Scoggins reported many observations including dying ferns, sumac turning red, and the sighting of numerous fall warblers. What signs of fall have you noticed?  

Bob Conzemius via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

 

Each week, our resident Phenologist John Latimer compiles his 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. This week, in addition to a discussion about how monarchs sample milkweed, John is talking about those subtle yet significant changes indicating fall is on the horizon... barred owls, nighthawk migration, the oranging of poisen ivy and much more. 

Larry Weber

John Latimer talked with author and naturalist and teacher Larry Weber today about all things goldenrod, with a little side road conversation on the beauty of spiders.  Are you seeing goldenrod?  Snap a photo and post on our Season Watch page on FB!

For info on how to order Larry Weber's new book "In a Patch of Goldenrods" email frlaweber@q.com.

Maureen Gibbon via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch 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. Flying ants, milk weed pods and so much more is included in this week's talkback segment.

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