John Latimer

Staff Phenologist

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.

The expertise he developed along the way turned him into one of Minnesota’s leading phenologists and host of a popular weekly radio show Phenology that attracts nature lovers and regular phenology contributors from around the state.

Ways to Connect

Frieda Hall via KAXE KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate.  Each week, our resident phenologist John Latimer closely assesses the subtle changes happening outside and gives a full, official phenology report.  In this week's report we learn that John went ice skating on his lake and he's got advice for folks heading out to skate in the coming days.  He also discusses many beautiful plants observable in the forest these days,  over-wintering caterpillars, and he answers a question about the owl's ability to turn its head in a circle...

Angela Nistler via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Phenology is the biological nature of events as they relate to climate.  Phenology Talkbacks are an opportunity for listeners to connect with the station about nature.  Each week, resident phenologist John Latimer gathers the phenological correspondence and classroom observations sent his way.  He shares and discusses them every Tuesday morning, shortly before 7am. Thanks to everyone who contributes to the Phenology Talkbacks! We are grateful!

John Latimer via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate.  Each week, our resident phenologist John Latimer closely assesses the subtle changes happening outside and gives a full, official phenology report. This week, hear about a finch eruption, grosbeaks returning, a bullock's oriole, and the logical co-existence of the nuthatch and the brown creeper.


Gary Payne via KAXE/KBXE Season Watch Facebook Page

The Phenology Show makes me feel close to nature. - Pearl Newstok

Tuesdays are one of our favorite days because... Phenology!  Phenology is the biological nature of events as they relate to climate.  Phenology Talkbacks are an opportunity for listeners to connect with the station about nature.  Each week, resident phenologist John Latimer gathers the phenological correspondence and classroom observations sent his way.  He shares and discusses them every Tuesday morning, shortly before 7am. Thanks to everyone who contributes to the Phenology Talkbacks! We are grateful! 

Corey Campbell via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Facebook page

Phenology Talkbacks are an opportunity for our community to connect with the station thru nature… Each week listeners and students report observations and present questions to our resident phenologist John Latimer. 

What are you noticing? Send your observations via email or voicemail at 218-999-9876.  You could even record a voice memo on your phone and send your thought that way!

Mary Mitchell via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate.  Each week, resident phenologist John Latimer closely assesses the subtle changes happening outside and gives a full, official phenology report. Deer hunting opens this weekend.  In this report, John addresses that and much more! 

Let us know what you are noticing outside by leaving a voicemail at 218-999-9876 or sending us an email.  We would love to hear from you!

Sue Keeler via KAXE KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Phenology Talkbacks are an opportunity for our community to connect with the station thru nature… Each week listeners and students report observations and present questions to our resident phenologist John Latimer. 

What are you noticing? Send your observations via email or voicemail at 218-999-9876.  You could even record a voice memo on your phone and send your thought that way!

  

Marilyn Lee via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate.  Each week, resident phenologist John Latimer closely assesses the subtle changes happening outside and gives a full, official phenology report. What a week of phenological changes! This week John gives an animal track report as well as much more! 

Let us know what you are noticing outside by leaving a voicemail at 218-999-9876 or sending us an email.  We would love to hear from you!

John Guida via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Facebook Page

Phenology Talkbacks are an opportunity for our community to connect with the station thru nature… Each week listeners and students report observations and present questions to our resident phenologist John Latimer. 

What are you noticing? Send your observations via email or voicemail at 218-999-9876.  You could even record a voice memo on your phone and send your thought that way!

  

Angela Nistler via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate.  Each week, resident phenologist John Latimer closely assesses the subtle changes happening outside and gives a full, official phenology report.  Nature is changing right before our eyes these days.  This week John gives an indepth report of keaf changes on a variety of trees and shrubs, the last bumblebees for the season, and a bird report. 

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