Phenology is the biological nature of events as they relate to climate. Each week we hear from listeners who have been paying attention to nature in our Talkback segment and John Latimer takes a close look at the blooms and changes happening in nature and considers how the timing measures up to past years in his Phenology Report.
We want to congratulate our regular talkback contributor Ian on the birth of his new son Harrison! Welcome to the world Harrison... welcome to the parent 'hood Ian! This week we also learned about what some kids from Memphis who summer here in the northwoods have been noticing and John considers whether or not there is a bluebird shortage.
In the Phenology Report this week, among many other things, John mentions the blooming of Monarda flowers (also referred to as bee-balm at times) and the spreading dogbane. He encourages listeners to be on the watch for milkweed changing color , more tortoise shell butterflies flittering around and the long lasting blooms of the pearly everlasting.
As always, we love to hear what our listeners are noticing out in nature. Give us a call at 218.999.9876 and let us know what is happening around your place. You can also send an email directly to John. Either way, we want to hear from you!
If you love this stuff, please consider becoming a member of KAXE/KBXE Northern Community Radio. We couldn't bring you this kind of programming without the financial support from our community. Also, be sure to check out our KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Page on Facebook. If you dig phenology, you'll dig the Season Watch page!
If you are a teacher or work with kids, you are invited to join the Phenology Network on KAXE/KBXE! John has created a curriculum spanning the whole school year and will connect with you on how to get your students observing nature and sending in their phenology reports. Send an email of interest along to get set up!
Listen to KAXE/KBXE Northern Community Radio every Tuesday morning for the full phenology show.