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

Gary Payne, KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Facebook Page

Tuesdays are special at Northern Community Radio.  It's our day to really focus on what's going on in terms of climate and nature.   During out talkback time we share observations from listners.  When school is in session, in addition to regular listener reports, we hear from young phenologists across Minnesota when they call in their classroom phenology reports...

Mary Mitchell via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Facebook 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 journals of more than 35 years of climate and nature data collection.  Each Tuesday we dig even deeper with the weekly Phenology Report. 

Lyn & Kerry Cristoffer via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Facebook Page

Tuesdays are special at Northern Community Radio.  It's our day to really focus on what's going on in terms of climate and nature.   When school is in session, we are even more jazzed than normal because  young phenologists across Minnesota call in their classroom phenology reports.This week we heard from kids in Ely, Two Harbors, Proctor and Northfield!  Longer days, lichens, great gray owls and full moons are just a few of the goodies from today's reports.  Check them all out to find out what's happening across Minnesota!  You can send along a note to report what you've observed outside 

Gary Payne, KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Facebook 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 where our resident phenologist John Latimer shares a note from his journals of more than 35 years of climate and nature data collection.  Each Tuesday we dig even deeper with the weekly Phenology Report.  Skunks, snowy owls and coyotes are part of this week's observations.  Click on the link to fin out more! 

Brent Cizek

Tuesdays are special at Northern Community Radio because we focus on climate and nature.  When school is in session, we are even more jazzed than normal because  young phenologists across Minnesota when call in their classroom phenology reports.This week we heard from kids in Kelliher, Virginia, Grand Rapids, Hill City, Two Harbors and Northfield!  We also had reports from adults at Hill Lake and Deerwood.  Roaming skunks, biting perch, juncos, the sucker moon and moose sitings are just a few golden nuggets from today's reports.  Check them all out to find out what's happening across northe

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