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

Long Lake Conservation Center


Phenology is the rhythmic biological events of nature as they relate to climate.  Each week, individuals and school groups call or write to our resident phenologist John Latimer with their observations.  Have you seen something peculiar going on outside?  We'd love to hear about it!  Leave a voice mail on our talkback line 218.999.9876, email or email john directly at  

Dean Squires KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Page on FB

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate.  John Latimer has documented phenology notes each day for more than thirty years.  Every Tuesday he shares a phenology report connecting his notes from the past with current climate happenings.  

Phenology Talkbacks

Jan 25, 2017
Dallas Hudson / KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Page

 Hearing from our listeners is our favorite!  Each Tuesday we share the phenology related comments, questions  and reports from people just like you - regular people who look around and take notice while outside.   Have you noticed something unique happening outside related to climate?  Tell us about it!   Email or call our talkback line and leave a message at 218.999.9876.  

Want to get your classroom engaged in phenology reporting?  Send our resident phenologist John Latimer an email at  He'll get you going!  

Phenology Talkbacks

Jan 19, 2017
Marcia Adair via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

    Each week we hear from listeners around the region as they connect with us to share their observations, questions and comments about what they are noticing out in the natural world.  It was an interesting week!  We learned about a young girl who tried to capture a mouse in her bedroom only to discover it was a vole, a  rare siting of a curved billed thrasher which is a bird normally residing in the southwest United States,  chipmunks filling their cheeks, and a whole bunch of other things going on outside!  Check out the audio files to learn more.  

Bruce O'theshire Brummitt via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB page

John Latimer, our resident phenologist, is passionate about nature.   He's been documenting the subtle biological events of nature as they relate to climate for more than 30 years.  Click on the link to hear his full phenology report for this week!   Pussy willows, barred owls eating voles, and scat trails are just a few of the highlights of this full report!