Natural North Dakota

“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

September 7 Cabbage Butterflies

September 14 Harvest Moon

September 21 Wandering Elk

September 28 Sandhill Cranes

October 5 ND Scenic Byways and Backways

October 12 Cormorants

October 19 Larch/Tamarac

October 26 Crows

November 2 Comet ISON

November 9 Little Missouri National Grasslands

November 16 Cassiopeia and Pegasus

November 23 Icelandic State Park

November 30 Cucumber Family and Wild Cucumber

Winter 2013-14

December 7 Value of Our National Wildlife Refuges

December 14 Seed Stratification

December 21 Winter Ruffed Grouse

December 28 Snowy Owls and Lemmings

January 4 Hibernating Frogs

January 11 Aspen

January 18 Plant Adaptations to Cold

January 25 Sundogs

February 1 Gray Partridge

February 8 Great Backyard Bird Count 2014

February 15 Eurasian Collared Doves

February 22 Louis Agassiz

Summer 2014

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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