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

Diana Wensloff Magner via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

John Latimer has been noting the subtle changes in the natural world for more than 30 years.  

Every Tuesday John compares what is happening today to what his historical notes document.  In this 2nd full report of the new year, we learn about the Christmas Bird Count wrap up in Isabella, MN as well as behaviors barred owls and white breasted nuthatches and a

   host of other intriguing observations out in these northwoods of northern Minnesota.  

Phenology Talkbacks

Jan 10, 2017
John Swartz via KAXE - KBXE Season Watch FB Page


Tuesday mornings John Latimer compiles the observations in the natural world that people just like you have shared with him and Northern Community Radio.  

KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Facebook page

Our resident phenologist John Latimer has been documenting the subtle changes in nature he notices each day  for more than 30 years.  He shares a full phenology report with our listeners each Tuesday morning connecting what he's noticing currently with what he finds in his notes from years gone by.  

Love phenology?  Join our Season Watch Group on Facebook!  People are posting videos and images every day of cool things they see out in the natural world.  Check it out! 

Robert and Carolyn Schwaderer via KAXE/KBXE Season Watch page on FB

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate. 

Every Tuesday, we gather our listener comments about what people just like you notice out in nature and then we share those observations with the public.    We hear from people all across our listening region about what they’ve noticed out their windows, in their backwoods, on the lakes and along roadsides.  You can share your sightings by emailing them to or calling our talkback line at 218.999.9876.  We’d love to hear from you!

Dallas Clell Hudson, KAXE/KBXE Season Watch Page on FB

Tuesdays mornings are special around here.  We hear the voices of students and our favorite KAXE/KBXE reporter, John Latimer.  For 33 years John Latimer has been noting the changes in his environment on the *Phenology Show.  A great way to find out more is to join our Season Watch page on facebook.  Post photos ask questions, learn something new everyday!