Natural ND 2015 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 2008 – Summer 2009 Archive

Autumn 2009 – Summer 2010 Archive

Autumn 2010 – Summer 2011 Archive

Autumn 2011 – Summer 2012 Archive

Autumn 2012 – Summer 2013 Archive

Autumn 2013 – Summer 2014 Archive

Autumn 2014

September 6 Snipe Hunting

September 13 Toxic Toads

September 20 Martha and the Monarchs

September 27 Beggar’s Tick

October 4 Hunter’s Moon & Lunar Eclipse

October 11 Pegasus & Meteors

October 18 Duck Banding

October 25 Buffaloberry

November 1 Preparing for Winter

November 8 Carpenter Ants

November 15 High School Mascots

November 22 Cranberries

November 29 Beaver Eco-Engineers

Winter 2014-15

December 6 Geminid Meteor Shower 2014

December 13 Drunken Waxwings

December 20 Glaciated Plains

December 27 Winter Activities

January 3 Happy New Year!

January 10 Moose

January 17 Blue Jays at the Feeder

January 24 Chickadee Roosts

January 31 Prairie Voles

February 7 The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 14 Turtle Mountains

February 21 Pronghorn Antelope

February 28 Great Horned Owls

Spring 2015


March 7 Endangered Soils?

March 14 Diamond Willow

March 21 Spring Equinox

March 28 Grouse Drumming and Dancing

April 4 Constellation Leo

April 11 Lyrids & Eta Aquarids

April 18 Wind

April 25 Wild Asparagus

May 2 Violets

May 9 Muskrats

May 16 Pan Evaporation

May 23 Wood Ticks

May 30 Canada Anemone


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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