Tuesday Mornings

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate.  John Latimer shares his phenology notes on what he has been observing this week.


Jun 17, 2020

Black Birders Week is a social media campaign celebrating black naturalists, and black birders in particular.  The initiative seeks to interrupt stereotypes about who belongs in nature and science, and was prompted in part by the Central Park birdwatching incident.  Co-founder of the event, Chelsea Conner, joins Heidi Holtan and John Latimer on the Tuesday Morning Show.  They talk about the challenges faced by black people being outdoors to enjoy nature.

Gary Payne, KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Facebook Page

We missed our weekly reports from students this week, but thankfully we received  several reports from other folks in addition to our one student report from Auggie on Northern Sun Farms in Shevlin!  So much in bloom, so much activity, so many reasons to get outside and take note of the beauty all around us here in northern Minnesota!  

Learn how to help a turtle across the road, find out what a snake puked up while Auggie was holding it and discover many, many more observations from him and several other area phenologists in this talkback segment! 

When schools closed in MN due to the COVID-19 pandemic and distance learning began, John Latimer and I weren't sure we'd be getting student phenology reports anymore. 

We did. 

Rob Marohn teaches in the "outer reaches" of the Proctor School District at Pike Lake Elementary.  A group of his class thrived and dug in deeper on Phenology during home learning.  We talked with him this week to thank him for his contributions and on making it through a complicated school year.

Tammy Bobrowsky KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Talkback is one way we engage with listeners.  Phenology talkbacks become a conversation that paints a picture of what's happening out in nature at a given moment in the phenological cycle.   Each week, we receive reports, comments, and questions from listeners and classrooms across Minnesota.   Since school went online in March, we noticed the kids and classrooms engaging in phenology even more than before. We are so happy to provide an avenue for kids to get jazzed about nature!  We're going to miss their classroom reports this summer.  

Angela Nistler via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Covid times have been a little crazy in many ways… Enjoy two weeks of back to back phenology reports below.  Relive the dawn of summer thru the eyes of our student phenologists and our keen listeners who make it a point to document what they are noticing outside!  What are you noticing?  Send us an email that includes either a voice recorded memo from your phone or a written note.  You can always call 218-999-9876 and leave a voicemail on our talkback line as well…as the kids say, “Be Observant!

Harry Hutchins joins John Latimer and Heidi Holtan on Tuesday mornings for A Talk on the Wildside.  This week Harry brings us singing birds with calls that are similar to that of the robin.  Harry and John compare the robins call with that of the rose-breasted grosbeak, the red-eyed vireo and the scarlet tanager.  You can hear the singing birds and lively conversation by clicking below.

Tree and Woodland Carbon Capture Challenge

May 19, 2020

Matt Russell is an extension specialist in forest resources at the University of Minnesota. He joins Heidi Holtan and John Latimer on the Tuesday Morning Show to talk about the Minnesota Tree and Woodland Carbon Capture Challenge, a friendly competition for Minnesotans to learn about the role of trees as a natural climate solution. 

Dave Harrington via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Facebook Page

Each week John looks at what's happening outside and compares it to what he's documented in his decades of recording phenology notes.  This week he compares aspen leafout times to years gone by among other interesting and inspiring facts.  Take a listen to learn all about it!  

Corey Campbell via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Wow... It's the most wonderful time of the year!  Click on the links below to hear all about the wild wonder our student phenologists and listeners are taking note of!  We'd love to include your observations in our weekly report... don't hesitate to call 218-999-9876 or send an email and tell us what you are noticing!

Among many other things, Auggie reports the frogs going quiet when the air got cold...

Blackberry kids birds and blooms in their neck of the woods...

Phenology Report: April 28th and May 5th!

May 6, 2020
John Latimer via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Every week our resident phenologist John Latimer assesses the subtle and not so subtle changes in our natural environment.  Here are two phenology reports one week apart... so fun to listen to the many changes that happen in just one week in northern Minnesota!  We live in an incredible place on this planet!  Lucky us! 

What a difference a week makes!

What are you noticing outside?  We'd love to hear about it!  Send an email or call 218-999-9876 and leave a message!