Tuesday Morning Show

Mark Morrissey, BSU assistant director of campus recreation Outdoor Program Center, joins John and Heidi on the Tuesday Morning show.  Now is the time of year people are excited to get out on the areas lakes, rivers and streams.  Mark talks about the cold-water danger people should be taking into account.  He stresses the importance of having a plan for your water activities and wearing your PFD.  Accidents can happen and a person can easily end up overboard.

DNR Bear Project Leader Andy Tri on the Tuesday Morning Show: Bears!

Apr 13, 2021

Andy Tri is the acting bear project leader in the forest wildlife and populations research group with the MN DNR.  He joins John and Heidi on the Tuesday Morning Show to share the wealth of knowledge he has accumulated through his research on bears.  Andy explains how a bear’s body goes through hibernation, keeping them awake and alert but with little movement.  We learn what they eat in the early spring and why they seek out bird feeders and food from our backyards. Andy says there are now more black bears in North America than there are all other bear species combined in the world.

DNR Wildlife Specialist Pam Perry on the Short-Tailed Shrew

Feb 23, 2021

On the Tuesday Morning Show John and Heidi welcome back Pam Perry, a retired non-game wildlife biologist for the Minnesota DNR.  Pam was joining them this morning to talk birds, but she lets us know that her bird feeder has been boring lately and she would rather talk about mammals instead.  Having recently spotted a short-tailed shrew, under her bird feeder, she shares her knowledge of this small nocturnal mammal with us.  They are seldom spotted because they burrow under the snow in the winter and camouflage against the ground in the summer.  John and Pam talk about the types of food the

This week we welcomed back the folks from Northern Waters Land Trust.  Our guests were John Sumption – Land Conservation Specialist and Annie Johnson Grants Manager/Conservation Specialist, joining them today is Pete Jacobson who recently retired from DNR Fisheries and is now a staff member for the Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District.

John and Heidi are joined on the Tuesday Morning Show by two University of Minnesota staff members.  Educator, artist, and scientist Abbie Anderson and phenologist Stephan Carlson talk about their project, Pesky Plant Trackers.

On the Tuesday Morning Show John and Heidi welcome back Pam Perry, a retired non-game wildlife biologist for the Minnesota DNR, who joins them to talk about birds.  Pam talks about the rare sighting of long-tailed ducks and tells us more about this Arctic duck while recalling a story of one that was included in the Pillager Christmas Count in 2007.

Birds: Brandon Lentz Finds a New Outdoor Passion During a Pandemic

Jan 26, 2021

KAXE/KBXE volunteer Brandon Lentz joins John Latimer and Heidi Holtan on the Tuesday Morning Show.  Brandon was recently appointed to the board of the Minneapolis Audubon Society and joins them to talk birds.  He tells us of his favorite places for birding in the Twin Cities area as well as many other areas throughout the state.  He lists some of the birds he has sighted in the metro area including varied thrush, winter finches, white winged crossbill, evening grosbeaks and the common redpoll.  He tells us about the red-tailed hawk spotted in his front yard and eastern screech owl by the Mi

UMD and NRRI Researcher Matt Aro on Thermally-Modified Wood

Jan 12, 2021

The Star Tribune recently reported on new uses for dead ash, fir and tamarack trees.  Larch beetles, caterpillars and other invasive insects have killed more than 200,000 acres of balsam fir in Minnesota and half of the state’s tamarack trees.

The dead trees left behind don’t currently have a use – and could be a fire hazard. 

Ames Davis Informs Us About Wolves on the Tuesday Morning Show

Jan 6, 2021

John Latimer and Heidi Holtan welcome John’s grandnephew Ames Davis to the Tuesday Morning Show to talk about wolves.  Ames is a 15-year-old ninth grader from St.

Northern Waters Land Trust is a non-profit conservation organization working to protect water quality and preserve environmentally sensitive lands and water resources. Formerly the Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation, they serve the watersheds in Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard and Aitkin Counties of Minnesota, and represents 2,235 lakes, 3,400 miles of rivers and streams, and nearly 4.2 million acres.