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Phenology and the Fabulous Fall Geek-Out at Wolf Ridge

A tiny, brown-streaked owl with yellow eyes perched on a brown vole that is about a quarter its size.
So tiny! So cute! So deadly (if you're a rodent)! Meet the Northern saw-whet owl.

This Tuesday, John and Heidi chatted with Wolf Ridge science and research guru Pete Harris! They talk about the upcoming "Fabulous Fall Geek-Out" for adult learners, featuring workshops about bird banding, lichens, fish, chickadees, saw-whet owl banding (!!!), and more. You can check out the workshops here! Pete also gives an update on some of the phenology he's been seeing at Wolf Ridge: cool water, the very beginning of fall colors, migrating birds, and berries. Listen to the full segment by clicking the "play" button above!

Heidi Holtan is KAXE's Director of Content and Public Affairs where she manages producers and is the local host of Morning Edition from NPR. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North.
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.
Charlie Mitchell (she/they) joined the KAXE team in February of 2022. Charlie creates the Season Watch Newsletter, writes segment summaries for the website, and coordinates our Engaging Minnesotans with Phenology project. With a background in wildlife biology, she enjoys learning a little bit about everything, whether it's plants, mushrooms, aquatic invertebrates, or the short-tailed shrew (did you know they can echolocate?).