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

Paul Sajevic via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate. Phenology Talkbacks are an opportunity for us to hear what you are noticing outside.   Each week, our resident phenologist John Latimer gathers the talkback comments and closely assesses the subtle changes happening outside.  On Tuesdays during the Phenology Show, we hear all about it! 

Daniel Kavanaugh via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Facebook page

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate. Phenology Talkbacks are an opportunity for us to hear what you are noticing outside.  This week we heard from a few listeners and the kids from Pike Lake School! 

Joel wrote to John about snow depth and temperatures as he cross referenced this year's averages with his many years of data.  He also wondered why some branches seem lower now than in the summer. 

  The kids at Pike Lake School have been watching their trail cams and noticing a wolf as well as many other interesting things.

Debbie Center via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate. Phenology Talkbacks are an opportunity for us to hear what you are noticing outside.   Each week, our resident phenologist John Latimer gathers the talkback comments and closely assesses the subtle changes happening outside.  On Tuesdays during the Phenology Show, we hear all about it! 

In this week's report, John discusses pileated woodpeckers, sundogs and more! 

 

John Latimer

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate. Phenology Talkbacks are an opportunity for us to hear what you are noticing outside.   Each week, our resident phenologist John Latimer gathers the talkback comments and closely assesses the subtle changes happening outside.  On Tuesdays during the Phenology Show, we hear all about it! 

Today we learn about many things including how heat from trees impacts the snow depth around them and an explanation for this picture of a hole in the bottom of a tree.  That and MUCH more in this week's report! 

Marilyn Lee via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate. Phenology Talkbacks are an opportunity for us to hear what you are noticing outside.  This week we heard from kids at North Shore Community School as well as a couple listeners in the Grand Rapids area! 

Doug reported some serious shrike action this week!

  Kids at North Shore Community School report longer days and much more!

  Pat from Grand Rapids had an otter question...

Marilyn Lee via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate. Phenology Talkbacks are an opportunity for us to hear what you are noticing outside.   Each week, our resident phenologist John Latimer gathers the talkback comments and closely assesses the subtle changes happening outside.  On Tuesdays during the Phenology Show, we hear all about it! 

In John's Groundhog's Day Edition of the Phenology Report, we hear about his daily walks past a disappearing dead rabbit and we get an education on groundhogs.

Joe Rossi via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate. Phenology Talkbacks are an opportunity for us to hear what you are noticing outside.  This week, in addition to a phenomenal classroom report including sundogs, snowy owls, and coyotes, phenologist John Latimer heard from several listeners!

  

  

Jack North 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, John reflects on his nature notes from decades past! He considers average coldest day of the, average date of robins returning, and he notes a change in the song of the chickadee! Listen to this week's report right here:

Katie Carter

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate. Phenology Talkbacks are an opportunity for us to hear what you are noticing outside.  This week, in addition to two phenomenal classroom reports, phenologist John Latimer heard from Northern Community Senior Correspondent Scott Hall and good friends Jack and Cindy Shelton. 

Scott saw seventeen trumpeter swans and dozens of golden eyes on the Mississippi. 

Katie Carter

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate. Phenology Talkbacks are an opportunity for us to hear what you are noticing outside.   Each week, our resident phenologist John Latimer gathers the talkback comments and closely assesses the subtle changes happening outside.  On Tuesdays during the Phenology Show, we hear all about it! 

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