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

Cheryl Valois 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.  This week's report includes a full report of what's blooming right now and how this year's blooms are measuring up to the yearly average bloom dates.  Rabbits foot clover, common evening primrose, sawtooth sunflower, and early goldenrod are just a sampling of what John discusses today! 

Steve Cordts, Bemidji

We care deeply about the natural world around us here at KAXE-KBXE.  Every week we learn from our listeners about what they are noticing outside and every week our resident phenologist John Latimer assesses today's climate happenings with those in his 30+ years phenological data collection. 

Today, in our talkback segment, John Latimer takes listeners on a tour of the KAXE-KBXE Season Watch page on Facebook to share what some of our Seasonwatchers are dialoguing about. 

University of MN Cloquet Forestry Center

Eli Sagor is an Extension Specialist with the University of Minnesota based at the Cloquet Forestry Center.  Today he reminded us that carbon grows on trees!

Eli will be at the #OnlyInMN monument celebration for Bemidji tomorrow June 27th. 

Katie Carter

We care deeply about the natural world around us here at KAXE-KBXE.  Each week our resident phenologist John Latimer provides a complete Phenology Report giving listeners a comprehensive look at what's  happening in nature here in northern Minnesota. And, a lot is happening out in nature in northern Minnesota right now!

What are you noticing?  Send us a note via email or leave a voicemail at 218.999.9876.  We'd love to hear about it.   

Maureen Gibbon via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

We look forward to Tuesday because it's the  day we set aside to really dig into what is happening climate-wise around the listening area.  Our Phenology Talkback segment is the time of the week when we reflect on nature observations made by folks across the region.  They email us or leave voicemails on our talkback line (218.999.9876) expressing questions and comments about what they are noticing out in nature.  These Phenology reports help us tell the climate story of our region and we just love hearing from and connecting