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Phenology Talkbacks: March 12, 2019

Dallas Clell Hudson via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page
Sunrise June thru December


Crosslake, MN School Report
Baudette, MN School Report
Bemidji Apple Blossom Nature School Report
Bemidji Gene Dillon School Report
August's Northern Sun Farms Report
Virginia, MN School Report
Two Harbors, MN School Report
Northfield, MN School Report

John Latimer's Sax Zim Bog Report
Listener Phenology Comments

Every week we hear from Minnesota school kids and regular listeners as they call or email us with their nature observations. The phenological data we gathered this week indicates that weatherwise, as Dylan says, "the times they are a'changin."  We received nine school reports and four reports from adult listeners.  Everyone is reporting animal activity out in nature that indicates spring is on its way.  

Apple Blossom Nature School in Bemidji sent their report using Haikus... you can read those below.  

What are  you noticing outside?  We would love to hear from you whether you are in a classroom or your living room!    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 someone who works with kids, we invite you to join the Phenology Network on KAXE/KBXE!  John Latimer has created a curriculum spanning the whole school year and will connect with you on how to get students observing nature and sending in their phenology reports. Send an email of interest along to 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.

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Haikus from Apple Blossom Nature School:


Clean swift strokes I take

White shiny tracks I follow

Warming house is close


Graceful pinecones move

But yet they will not fall down

What is up with that?


Three were in the front

Epic adventure happened

Then some socks fell off


The birds were singing

And the trees had a shadow

And the birds were quiet

And the trees had snow on them


 Icicles form down

Dripping down to the dry ground

Freezes against me


Trees rustle in the wind

I stop and see the leaves float

Beauty on the wind


The clouds were fluffy

The snow was crunchy and white

The birds were singing


As the leaves crinkle

The branches move in the wind

A tree stands alone


Sunbeams shine bright

Sparkly icicles hang

Winter is so great



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.