“In diligently recording our sightings, I realize that I often forget to pause and reflect on the beauty of this peculiar hobby. The natural world is vastly more wild and strange and wonderful than my best phenological notes will ever capture. And there is some irony that in observing the natural biological rhythms of nature, my own secret destiny is staring right back at me. How fortunate we are to share in the ancient conversation together, thru your phenology report. Bring on the warblers.”
– Ian, Minneapolis-based phenologist
Spring is such a fantastic time to be a phenologist! Every week we hear from Minnesota school kids and listeners as they share what they've been observing outside. Kids sent in 11 phenology reports this week and several listeners sent messages over the transom. So many awesome observations! Spring peepers, porcupines, juneberry buds, pelicans, an osprey catching a walleye, hawks, , American toads, magnolia flowers and, yes, mosquitos, are just a few of the observations in these reports.
What are you noticing outside? We would love to hear from you whether you are in a classroom or your living room! Don't hesitate to email or give us a jingle and leave a message at 218.999.9876. You might also consider joining our KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Page on Facebook to connect with other nature-conscious folks in northern Minnesota!
If you are a teacher or someone who works with kids, we invite you to join the Phenology Network on KAXE/KBXE! John Latimer has created a curriculum spanning the whole school year and will connect with you on how to get students observing nature and sending in their phenology reports. Send an email of interest along to get you set up!
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