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Cold Hardiness and Invasive Species with Rob Venette

A coniferous forest fills the frame. Two thirds of all the trees are dead and brown. The image is captioned "Effects of Mountain Pine Beetle".

Forest Researcher Rob Venette joins the morning show to discuss the effects of cold weather on invasive species.

Rob shares his thoughts on how cold weather affects Minnesota's current invasive species, which potential invasions keep him up at night, and how you can help managers control invasive species.

You can report invasive species at EDDMapS, online or using their app.

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.
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.
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?).