Phenology Student Reports

Gary Payne via KAXE/KBXE Season Watch Facebook Page

The Phenology Show makes me feel close to nature. - Pearl Newstok

Tuesdays are one of our favorite days because... Phenology!  Phenology is the biological nature of events as they relate to climate.  Phenology Talkbacks are an opportunity for listeners to connect with the station about nature.  Each week, resident phenologist John Latimer gathers the phenological correspondence and classroom observations sent his way.  He shares and discusses them every Tuesday morning, shortly before 7am. Thanks to everyone who contributes to the Phenology Talkbacks! We are grateful! 

Katie Carter

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate.  Each week, resident phenologist John Latimer closely assesses the subtle changes happening outside and gives a full, official phenology report.  This week, John takes a deep dive into  leaf peak, leaf drop, grouse, eagles and much more.   Listen to find out how this year compares to John's 30+ years of data collection! 

When schools closed in MN due to the COVID-19 pandemic and distance learning began, John Latimer and I weren't sure we'd be getting student phenology reports anymore. 

We did. 

Rob Marohn teaches in the "outer reaches" of the Proctor School District at Pike Lake Elementary.  A group of his class thrived and dug in deeper on Phenology during home learning.  We talked with him this week to thank him for his contributions and on making it through a complicated school year.

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.  

Corey Campbell via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Wow... It's the most wonderful time of the year!  Click on the links below to hear all about the wild wonder our student phenologists and listeners are taking note of!  We'd love to include your observations in our weekly report... don't hesitate to call 218-999-9876 or send an email and tell us what you are noticing!

Among many other things, Auggie reports the frogs going quiet when the air got cold...

Blackberry kids birds and blooms in their neck of the woods...

Sean Dunham via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

We're in the thick of glorious Minnesota springtime!  Click on the following links to hear what the kids and oters are noticing!  We'd love to hear about what you are seeing... send an email or call our talkback line at 218-999-9876. Get outside!

The kids at North Shore Community School have noticed bluebirds, spring peepers, butterflies and bees! 

Kids at Pike Lake Elementary saw hooded mergansers, ticks, and loons!

Kids in Barnum report thousands of fish eggs and forest ramps!

Lori Ann via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

WOW!  We heard from so many people this week!  We loved all the incredible reports!  Click on the links to hear the beauty that folks are witnessing.  What a dreamy time to live in northern Minnesota!  

Augie's Report from Shevlin includes frogs, leeches and snakes, oh my!

Tony on Dixon Lake reports kingfishers among other amazing things!

Peyton's report from the Ely 6th graders has all kinds of hope for green things to come!

Blackberry school reports robins, ice outs and skunks!

Debbie Center via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Young phenologists across Minnesota are reporting all kinds of activity in nature!  Bears, eagles and mosquitos are just a tiny snippet of the incredible observations kids made this week!  Click on the links below to hear the good news of spring activity happening all around us!

Kelliher kids saw several bears, song thrush, and woodpeckers! One student saw 15 eagles and Ms. Thomason heard night hawks for the first time of the season! 


Emma from North Shore Elementary School reports that among many other things, they've seen kestrels and cardinals! 

Brent Cizek via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Taking time to contemplate what is happening in nature is one of the many aspects of Northern Community Radio that sets us apart from any other radio station.  Each day we bring you a phenology note when our resident phenologist John Latimer shares a note from his journals of more than 35 years of climate and nature data collection.  Each Tuesday we dig even deeper with the weekly Phenology Report. 

This week, John dives into signs of spring, dragon's teeth snow forms and much more!  

Phenology Talkbacks and Student Reports: 1/28/20

Jan 30, 2020
Dave Mord via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

Tuesdays are special at Northern Community Radio because we focus on climate and nature.  When school is in session, we are even more jazzed than normal because in addition to hearing reports from our listeners as they sent in their observations of natural world, we also young phenologists across Minnesota when call in their classroom phenology reports.