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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 has worked at KAXE/KBXE for over 22 years. She currently helms the Morning Show as News and Public Affairs Director where she manages producers, hosts local interviews and programs, oversees and manages web stories and establishes focus areas of programming like phenology, clean energy, Indigenous voices, Strong Women, local foods, clean energy, economic development and more. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North. In 2018 Heidi received the “Building Bridges in Media” award from the Islamic Resource Group for her work on KAXE/KBXE hosting conversations about anti-Muslim movements in rural Minnesota. During the pandemic, Heidi hosted 14 months of a weekly statewide conversation on COVID-19 for the AMPERS network.
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.
Sarah Mitchell (she/they) joined the KAXE team in February of 2022. Sarah 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, Sarah 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?).