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Phenology Talkbacks and Student Reports: March 1, 2022

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Tuesdays are dedicated to the natural world at Northern Community Radio. Every week we hear from students and listeners around Minnesota when they send along their Phenology Reports, sharing what they've noticed outside. All signs are pointing toward a spring shift this week!

Do you have a group of kids you'd like to get involved in Phenology? Text the word "phenology" to 218-326-1234 and we will send along information about our Phenology program as well as upcoming trainings for teachers and group leaders!

Have a question or comment for John? Send an email!

We had one school report this week, from our northern outpost, Baudette!

Ellie reports sightings of grey wolf tracks, a snowshoe hare in its white winter fur, and a fox hunting in a field! In addition, students are ready for warmer weather and for outdoor recess to resume.

John adds that wolf sightings are always a thrill, and the relative absence of snowshoe hare in his area. Foxes, wolves, coyotes, and domestic dogs are having a rough time with this deep, crust-less snow, sinking deep with every step. Due to the harsh winter, canids may be having fewer offspring this spring.

Baudette Report:

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As a mail carrier in rural Grand Rapids, Minn., for 35 years, John Latimer put his own stamp on a career that delivered more than letters. Indeed, while driving the hundred-mile round-trip daily route, he passed the time by observing and recording seasonal changes in nature, learning everything he could about the area’s weather, plants and animals, and becoming the go-to guy who could answer customers’ questions about what they were seeing in the environment.