Phenology Talkbacks

Dallas Clell Hudson via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page


We hear from school kids across our listening area every week when they submit their phenology observations and we look forward to airing their findings every Tuesday.  The school year is winding down and we're already lamenting the upcoming loss of our weekly classroom reports.   The students have done a stellar job of documenting and reporting their nature observations this year.  We've loved all of it!  Hopefully some of the kids will continue to connect with us over the summer. 

Apple Blossom Nature School

“In diligently recording our sightings, I realize that I often forget to pause and reflect on the beauty of this peculiar hobby.  The natural world is vastly more wild and strange and wonderful than my best phenological notes will ever capture. And there is some irony that in observing the natural biological rhythms of nature, my own secret destiny is staring right back at me. How fortunate we are to share in the ancient conversation together, thru your phenology report.  Bring on the warblers.” 

– Ian, Minneapolis-based phenologist

Elissa Gallien via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Fb Page


Phenology is the biological nature of events as they relate to climate.  Every Tuesday morning, our resident Phenologist John Latimer gathers his phenological data and reports his findings in the weekly Phenology Report. In this week's report, John reflects on the 47 nature notes he jotted down this week and makes predictions about what we will see between now and this coming Tuesday!  

Dallas Clell Hudson via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page


Every week we hear from Minnesota school kids as they share what they've been observing outside. Things are hopping out in nature these days, and we don't just mean the frogs.  Loons, killdeer, robins, trumpeter swans, snake shed, goldeneye and yellowbellied sapsuckers are just a few of what students and listeners reported seeing.  Click the links to hear the full reports!

Dean Squires via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch Facebook Page


Every week we hear from Minnesota school kids and regular listeners as they call or email us with nature observations. Spring has sprung in northern Minnesota and boy are we stoked about that!  This week's phenological observations include trumpeter swans, ring-billed gulls, owls, eagles, bones, skulls, dead skunks, robins, tulips, and wolves crossing roads.  Click on the phenology reports to hear all about the wide array of plant and animal activity happening outside!