Natural North Dakota 2017 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).

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Autumn 2016

September 3 Animal Personalities

September 10 Burrowing Owl

September 17 Acorns

September 24 Acorn Production

October 1 Hops

October 8 Teredo Petrified Wood

October 15 Supermoon and Orionids

October 22 Skunk, Just Yummy!

October 29 Boxelder Bugs

November 5 Underfit Rivers

November 12 Rabbitfoot Grass

November 19 Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge

November 26 Native Conifers


Winter 2016-17

December 3 Ravens

December 10 Heaven Above

December 17 Winter Solstice 2016

December 24 Chickadee Diets

December 31 Quadrantids

January 7 Red Squirrels and Voles

January 14 Native Conifers

January 21 Winter White

January 28 Downy or Hairy Woodpecker?

February 4 Snow Bunting

February 11 Native Medicines

February 18 Opossum

February 25 Pierre Shale

March 4 Twigs

March 11 Is Spring Here Yet?

March 18 Spring Equinox 2017

March 25 Jupiter

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 Dakota College at 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 Dakota College at Bottineau, and by the members of Prairie Public. Thanks to Sunny 101.9 in Bottineau for their recording services.

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