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

Nicole Hoops via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Every week John takes an indepth look at the subtle changes happening outside as the seasons move thru their cycles.   This week he reports on the bald eagle nesting near his home, birds returning to the area including robins and killdeer and purple finches, and his first chipmunk of the year.  It's a beautiful time of change outside!   Get out and enjoy it and then connect with us to let us know what you are noticing!  Call 218-999-9876 or email with your observations!  We'd love to hear from you! 

Michelle Martin, Prairie Creek Community School

One thing that connects us all and gives us all kinds of good feels is the beauty of nature right outside.  What a wonderful treat to continue receiving school phenology reports even though kids aren't attending school as they were just one week ago.  We are so grateful to get these reports from the kids! A ray of sunshine on a cloudy day, that is for sure.  

Schools are closed, kids are home and parents need a break. Physical distancing is good for keeping us away from Covid-19, but it's also a little boring and most of us are left looking for positive things to fill our days. 

KAXE/KBXE Staff Phenologist John Latimer recommends getting outside! Each day we are checking in with John about cool things to do outdoors - for kids, adults, everyone! It's Phenology at Home.

Today he told us how to make a "sit spot."

Debbie Center via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Taking time to contemplate what is happening in nature is one of the many aspects of Northern Community Radio that sets us apart from any other radio station.  Each day we bring you a phenology note when our resident phenologist John Latimer shares a note from his more than 35 years of personal journals documenting climate and nature data collection.  Each Tuesday he digs even deeper with the weekly Phenology Report.  


Heidi Holtan

We connect you to northern Minnesota at Northern Community Radio and Tuesdays are extra special as we go deep into phenology territory to give you a comprehensive picture of the biological events happening in nature as they relate to climate.  It's our day to really focus on what's going on in terms of climate and nature.   We heard incredible reporting from students this week and we are really hoping they continue to call in their reports even if school is cancelled!