Natural ND 2010 Archive

“When I was a kid, my mom told me to ‘Go play outside.’ So I did. And I have been enjoying it ever since!”

-Chuck Lura

Tune in each Saturday and Sunday at 8:35 am CT for Chuck Lura’s “Natural North Dakota” or listen online here (audio is posted shortly after the show airs).

Autumn 2009

September 5 Pembina Hills
September 12 Colony Collapse Disorder
September 19 Coots
September 26 Harvest Moon


October 3 Fall Colors on the Prairie
October 10 Hubble Space Telescope
October 17 Orionid Meteor Shower
October 24 Urban Coyotes
October 31 Bois de Sioux

November 7 Little Bluestem
November 14 Place Names
November 21 Sagebrush
November 28 Turkeys

Winter 2009-10

December 5 Porcupines
December 12 Magpies
December 19 Continental Divide
December 26 Megafauna Extinction

January 2 A New Year?
January 9 Passenger Pigeons
January 16 Wax Worms and Spikes
January 23 Audubon Bighorn
January 30 Groundhog Predictions

February 6 Great Backyard Bird Count
February 13 Big Dipper
February 20 Lake George
February 27 Prairie Soils

Spring 2010

March 6 Crow Intelligence
March 13 Snow Fleas
March 20 Earthquakes
March 27 Turtle Mountain Sphagnum Bog
April 3 Trees Flowering
April 10 Pocket Gophers
April 17 Milky Way
April 24 Happy New Year!

May 1 Upland Sandpipers
May 8 Little Bladderpod
May 15 Monogamy
May 22 Sullys Hill
May 29 American Bittern

About Chuck Lura: Chuck has a broad knowledge of “Natural North Dakota,” and loves sharing that knowledge with others. Since 2005 he has written a weekly column, “Naturalist at Large,” for North Dakota’s newest newspaper, the Lake Metigoshe Mirror. His columns also appear under “The Naturalist” in several other weekly newspapers across North Dakota. A native of northern Iowa, Lura received an associate degree from Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. He then went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in biology from South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. After teaching high school biology in South Dakota and Iowa, he returned to SDSU to obtain his master’s degree and then on for his doctorate in botany from North Dakota State University in Fargo. Lura has been a biology professor at MSU-Bottineau since 1984. His teaching responsibilities have been principally biology, botany, and range management. He has also conducted and published research on ecological aspects of grasslands in the northern Great Plains. Chuck lives at Lake Metigoshe with his wife Mary (LD teacher at Bottineau High School), an Old English sheepdog, two cats, and lots of houseplants. They have three grown children: Erik, John, and Anna Sill. Since childhood Chuck has spent much of his spare time enjoying nature. In his spare time he can often be found exploring North Dakota’s prairies, forest, and waters. He is an avid cross country skier (perhaps compulsive) and cyclist. His other outdoor activities include “botanizing,” as well as canoeing, hunting, and fishing. Natural North Dakota is supported by NDSU Central Grasslands Research Extension Center and Minot State University-Bottineau, and by the members of Prairie Public. Thanks to Sunny 101.9 in Bottineau for their recording services.

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