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They rhythmic biological events as they relate to climate.

Phenology Talkbacks: Signs of Spring from students, phone calls & e-mails

John Swartz via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Tuesdays are special at Northern Community Radio.  It's our day to really focus on what's going on in terms of climate and nature.   During our talkback segment on the morning show, we share observations from listeners and young phenologists across Minnesota... This week we heard we heard about of signs of spring! 

Ed from Deerwood noted his first chipmunk! 


Grand Rapids students reported geese, bugs, and a dead skunk!

Grand Rapids Student Report

Kids from Blackberry School reported a screaming rabbit, woodpeckers, eagles and a black squirrel!

Blackberry School Student Report

Hill City students noted open water, coyote tracks and otter tracks!

Hill City Student Report

Kids at Prairie Creek School in Northfield report buds swelling, turkey vultures and deer!

Northfield Student Report

Christine from the East Side of Hill Lake near Hill City reports gold finches, purple finches and the birdsong symphony! 

Christine from Hill Lake

We received several emails with a couple sure signs of spring - robins and horned larks! 

Listener emails

The kids from North Shore Community School tapped a tree and started planting their square foot garden!

North Shore Community School Report

Check out each report to find out what's happening across Minnesota!  You can send along a note to report what you've observed outside by emailing us or leaving a voice message at 218-999-9876!  Also, don't forget to check out the KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Facebook page!

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.