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.

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.  

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