Phenology

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.

John Latimer

Every week John takes an indepth look at the subtle changes happening outside as the seasons move thru their cycles.   This week he reports on progress of trees and shrubs, birds leaving the area, birds returning to the area, and of course the status bald eagle family nesting near his home. It's a beautiful time of change outside!  Get out and enjoy it and then connect with us to let us know what you are noticing!  Call 218-999-9876 or email with your observations!  We'd love to hear from you! 

Robins, bears, red wing blackbirds, peepers, owlets... the evidence is in... spring is happening!  Check out all the reports below to find out what people are noticing from as far north as Kelliher and as far south as St. Louis Park! 

Don't hesitate to send your observations in via email or phone call 218-999-9876.   Check out KAXE-KBXE Season Watch page on Facebook, too! 

Student Reports: 

Tuesdays, John Latimer welcomes his friend Harry Hutchins to the studio (or by phone during a pandemic) for A Talk on the Wild Side. Lots of talk about  Barred Owls kept things interesting this time. Hear the whole conversation by clicking below.

Heidi spoke with John Latimer today about butterflies!  It's just about that time of year and some folks are reporting seeing them already!  In this segment John discusses subtle differences between various species and gets us generally jazzed about more butterflies to come!  

Tune in tomorrow during the morning show for more of John and one of our favorite things, The Phenology Show!

What are you noticing outside? Send an email and let us know!

For me, nature is the only place that feels 'normal' during these pandemic times. With all the uncertainty, right now I know this: anytime my brain is swirling, my kids are bursting with energy, I have the need to scream or cry - we step outside, and everything seems to melt away. 

Andy Tri is a bear biologist with the Minnesota DNR.  We caught up with him this morning and talked about dens, cubs, what's happening with bears now, what to do if you accidentally flush a bear off a nest, and what happens when bear cubs are orphaned. 

This past fall, several bears denned in cornfields left standing because of a particularly wet season.  Farmers are connecting with local conservation officers to handle the situation when they come across a den.  Andy told us about that process as well.  

Laura Erickson www.lauraerickson.com

See John's list in our Season Watch group on Facebook!

You can also email us to get the Phenology curriculum used in schools across Minnesota and the list!

Nicole Hoops via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Every week John takes an indepth look at the subtle changes happening outside as the seasons move thru their cycles.   This week he reports on the bald eagle nesting near his home, birds returning to the area including robins and killdeer and purple finches, and his first chipmunk of the year.  It's a beautiful time of change outside!   Get out and enjoy it and then connect with us to let us know what you are noticing!  Call 218-999-9876 or email with your observations!  We'd love to hear from you! 

Michelle Martin, Prairie Creek Community School

One thing that connects us all and gives us all kinds of good feels is the beauty of nature right outside.  What a wonderful treat to continue receiving school phenology reports even though kids aren't attending school as they were just one week ago.  We are so grateful to get these reports from the kids! A ray of sunshine on a cloudy day, that is for sure.  

Schools are closed, kids are home and parents need a break. Physical distancing is good for keeping us away from Covid-19, but it's also a little boring and most of us are left looking for positive things to fill our days. 

KAXE/KBXE Staff Phenologist John Latimer recommends getting outside! Each day we are checking in with John about cool things to do outdoors - for kids, adults, everyone! It's Phenology at Home.

Today he told us how to make a "sit spot."

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