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.

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If you haven't been out in the forest yet, you need to get out there NOW! - John Latimer

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate. Tuesday mornings we hear from folks young and old as they share their observations of nature during our Phenology Talkback segment. Spring is such a magical time of year and this collection of reports documents all the progress beautifully!

Kellie Lindquist via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

If you haven't been out in the forest yet, you need to get out there NOW!" - John Latimer

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate.    Each week, our resident phenologist John Latimer closely assesses the subtle and not so subtle phenological changes happening in nature and compares them to his meticulous, decades of data.  On Tuesdays during the Phenology Show, we hear his findings in the official Phenology Report. 

Angela Nistler via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

If you haven't been out in the forest yet, you need to get out there NOW! - John Latimer

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate. Tuesday mornings we hear from folks young and old as they share their observations of nature during our Phenology Talkback segment. Spring is such a magical time of year and this collection of reports documents all the progress beautifully!

Maddox & Hattie report mosses, chorus frogs and a field of princess pine in this Pike Lake Elementary report. 

Kellie Lindquist 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 and not so subtle phenological changes happening in nature and compares them to his meticulous, decades of data.  On Tuesdays during the Phenology Show, we hear his findings in the official Phenology Report. 


Carolyn Jacobs via KAXE KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Kids give us hope!  Nature gives us hope!  Phenology Talkbacks celebrate both of those!  Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate. Tuesday mornings we hear from kids as they share their observations of nature. This week we heard from kids all around the listening area and we even received an update from Tennessee! 

Kids in Cohasset reported rain, snow and green grass! 

  Myles in Hill City gives a stellar report including  march marigolds, mallards, and hunting for bigfoot and!

Jack North 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 his official, weekly Phenology Report he compares today's happenings to years past and much more. This week he assures us that despite a dip in temps, spring is coming!  Don't lose hope!  

Tammy Bobrowsky via KAXE KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Kids give us hope!  Nature gives us hope!  Phenology Talkbacks celebrate both of those!  Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate. Tuesday mornings we hear from kids as they share their observations of nature. This morning we heard from kids at Pike Lake Elementary School and North Shore Community School.  

John and Heidi reminisced today about the history of Phenology at the station.

Kids at Pike Lake Elementary report lots of lichen, frogs, and many other signs of spring.

Katie Carter

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate.    Each week, our resident phenologist John Latimer closely assesses the subtle and not so subtle phenological changes happening in nature and compares them to his meticulous, decades of data.  On Tuesdays during the Phenology Show, we hear his findings in the official Phenology Report. This week John reports bloom progress on a wide array of flowering plants, trees and shrubs... The data proves it.... we are running ahead of schedule this year!  

Katie Carter

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate. Tuesday mornings during our Phenology Talkback we share phenology reports and questions from listeners and area students. We heard from six classrooms this week and the kids reported spring action everywhere!

Sofia and Hawley in Cohasset report longer days and warmer weather...

  Harvey in Hill City reports flickers and loons...

  Maizee and Macie in Pike Lake note raindrops on branches and frogs calling...

Tom Cobb via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate. Each Tuesday our resident phenologist John Latimer takes a deep dive into the phenological progress.  Each Tuesday at 6:50am, John shares observations from listeners during our Phenology Talkbacks segment.  He goes indepth with his own observations in his official, weekly Phenology Report at 7:20am. The evidence is in... Spring is in full swing! We couldn't be happier about it.  

  

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