Natural ND 2013 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 2012

September 1 Giant Canada Geese

September 8 Sandhill Cranes

September 15 National Wildlife Refuges

September 22 Autumnal Equinox

September 29 Phragmites

October 6 Cannonball River and Cannonballs

October 13 Urban Raccoons

October 20 Orion and the Orionids

October 27 Tundra Swans

November 3 Silent Spring and Bald Eagles

November 10 Painted Lady Migration

November 17 Snoeshoe Hares

November 24 Amazing Space

Winter 2012-13

December 1 Red-Breasted Nuthatches

December 8 December

December 15 Christmas Gift Ideas

December 22 National Grasslands

December 29 Quadrantid Meteor Shower

January 5 Red Squirrels

January 12 Common Redpolls

January 19 Prairie in Winter

January 26 James River

February 2 Groundhog Day 2013

February 9 Great Backyard Bird Count 2013

February 16 John Torrey and Torrey’s Rush

February 23 Bird Longevity

Spring 2013

March 1 Cottonwood Trees

March 9 Lignite

March 16 Bison

March 23 Bees and Pollination

March 30 Spring Turkeys

April 6 Spring Bird Watching

April 13 Astronomy Day

April 20 Pasque Flowers

April 27 Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge & Pelicans

May 4 Burning Rangeland

May 11 Sweetgrass

May 18 Nostoc

May 25 The Big Sit


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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