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.

Dallas Clell Hudson via KAXE/KBXE Season Watch FB Page

    Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate.   Talkback is one of the ways we connect with our radio listeners-we encourage people call, email, or send letters with comments questions or observations about our programming or whatever! Every Tuesday around 6:40am we connect phenology with talkback in our Phenology Talkback segment of the morning show.  We hear from all kinds of people across the listening region and we hear from school classrooms as well. People report what they are noticing outside.

https://www.maisrc.umn.edu/ais-detector

Are you looking for a way to get involved in your community?  Sometimes that might mean being an usher at your church or working at the food shelf or hosting a program on KAXE/KBXE.  If you are a scientist, there is a new program that could use your help in combating Aquatic Invasive Species like zebra mussels, starry stonewort and others.

John Latimer via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Page

Each week we take a close look at Phenology which is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate on the Tuesday morning show.  I gather the comments and questions from listeners and present them in the Phenology Talkback portion of the morning show and then I present my weekly findings in my Phenology Report.   This week, all kinds of flowers are blooming and plant life is taking shape.   What have you noticed?   I'd love to hear about it.

Sue Keeler via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Phenology Talkback is your opportunity to  connect with us about what you are noticing out in nature.  Maybe you've got a question, a comment you'd like to share or an observation you had that will add to the phenological story of the week, whatever it is, we want to know about it.  Each Tuesday morning we gather the talkback recordings, notes and emails from our listeners and share them with the world.   We'd love to hear from you!  Send an email or leave us a phone message at 218.999.9876.  

Jim Gallagher via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Each week we hear from young phenology reporters across northern Minnesota (and a few not-so-young phenologists, too).  John Latimer puts those reports together and share them with out listeners every Tuesday during the morning show and it's one of our favorite things. 

Elissa Gallien via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Each week ,our resident phenologist John Latimer compiles a full report of the subtle changes taking place in the natural environment and shares his findings with our radio listeners.  Flowering shrubs, trillium,star flowers, anemone,edible ferns, and a variety of returning birds all make their way into this week's report. It's spring!

Lorrene Maroney via Season Watch

  Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate.   Several school groups reached out to our phenologist John Latimer this week with reports of all kinds of natural wonders including king fishers, eggs hatching and even snakes.  There is so much going on out in the natural world this time of year. It's a fantastic time to be out and about taking note of all the changes going on!

Elissa Gallien via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

    Tuesdays are special around Northern Community Radio.   During our morning show which is a mix of national news and local features, Tuesdays our local features are dedicated to nature.  Resident phenologist John Latimer shares phenology reports from classrooms across the listening area and shares his own insights as well.  This week we heard from a fantastic group of kiddos as you'll learn by listening to their reports.  Thanks to the kids and the adults who contacted us with their observations!

John Latimer via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Page

Every Tuesday, our resident phenologist John Latimer talks to listeners about what he's been noticing in nature.  This week, there is a lot to report.  Spring is here and it's inspiring myriad natural activity! 

Have a phenology comment or questions? We'd love to hear from you! Give us a jingle and leave a message at 218.999.9876 or send an email

We heard from a lot of keen young phenologists this week!  Reports include sights and sounds of a toad, wood frogs, frosty mornings, and currant leaves, loons, a lesson in trumpeter swans and even a boat race in Virginia that John Latimer was involved in.   These kids are engaged with their outdoors.  Bravo! Minnesota kids are so cool!

Pages