Nature

...we know that pollinators are really important to ecosystem health. They not only keep up the plants in our local community in lots of different ways by moving around to the flowers, but they also pollinate...when we go into grocery story, the produce section wouldn't be possible without pollinators... pollinators are the ones that make that happen. - Erika Bailey-Johnson

John Guida via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Facebook Page

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate.  Each week, listeners send along phenological observations and questions to Northern Community Radio resident phenologist John Latimer closely assesses the subtle changes happening outside and gives a full, official phenology report.

This week John’s report is full of signs of changing seasons, bird migrations, flocks of flickers,, sunflowers blooming, leaves dropping, and much more!


Katie Carter

Every Tuesday our resident phenologist John Latimer takes a closer look at the natural world around us during the Phenology Show.  We share observations from listeners who send in their nature notes via phone and email during our Talkback segment and John gives his official Phenology Report noting the current changes in flora and fauna and comparing those to the notes in his extensive phenology journals. 

Phenology!

Jul 31, 2020

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate. Every week our resident phenologist John Latimer takes a close look at the natural world around us.  This week John discusses the fact that we are in the hottest part of summer and that corresponds with the coldest part of the winter 6 months from now.   In his report he digs into butterflies, blooms, bogs, kingbirds, berries and much more!

Katie Carter

Every Tuesday during the morning show, our resident phenologist John Latimer takes a deep dive into nature...just before 7am, he shares notes and phone messages from listeners during what we call the "Talkback" segment of the Phenology show.  Then, later in the morning, around 7:20am, he shares his personal, complete phenological assessment of what's blooming, buzzing, growing, and changing here in the northwoods of Minnesota in his official, weekly Phenology Report. 

Cis Picarich Ramsdell via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Facebook page

Tuesdays are special around here!  Every Tuesday during the morning show, we bring listeners The Phenology Show.  It's a special time when we focus on and celebrate the amazing natural world around us!  Listeners send in phone messages and emails with observations and questions while our resident phenologist does a deep dive comparing what he's noticed in the week to the same dates in his journals from years gone by. 

Dallas Clell Hudson via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Tuesdays are special around here!  Every Tuesdya during the morning show, we bring listeners The Phenology Show, it's a special time when we focus on and celebrate the amazing natural world around us!  Listeners send in phone messages and emails with observations and questions while our resident phenologist does a deep dive comparing what he's noticed in the week to the same dates in his journals from years gone by.  This week we heard from the adorable Ruth, Axel and Pearl Newstock as they called in a report of a family hike. We also heard from Chris on Hill Lake and Harvey Tjader in the Bemidji area.  In John's official Phenology Report, he discusses butterflies and blooms and more!

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.  

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! 

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