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They rhythmic biological events as they relate to climate.

Phenology Talkbacks: August 14, 2018

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. 

Are you someone who is jazzed about the natural world around you? Send along your observations and questions about what you are seeing outside.  We'd love to hear from you.   Don't hesitate to email or give us a jingle and leave a message at 218.999.9876.  You might also consider joining our KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Page on Facebook to connect with other nature-conscious folks in northern Minnesota! 

If you are a teacher or work with kids, you are invited to join the Phenology Network on KAXE/KBXE!  We've created a curriculum spanning the whole school year and will connect with you on how to get your students observing nature and sending in their phenology reports. Send an email of interest and we'll get you set up!

Phenology Talkbacks are made possible by the members of Northern Community Radio and a grant from the U of MN NE Regional Sustainable Development Partnership.

If you dig Phenology, support Northern Community Radio by making a donation and becoming a member today! 

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.