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 – Summer 2014 Archive

Autumn 2014 – Summer 2015 Archive

Autumn 2015

September 5 Wetland Drawdowns

September 12 White Berries  

September 19 Autumn is Golden

September 26 An Amazing Lunar Eclipse

October 3 Red-winged Blackbirds

October 10 International Space Station

October 17 Orionid Meteor Shower

October 24 Buckthorn

October 31 Bur Oak

November 7 Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles

November 14 Killdeer Mountains

November 21 Snowy Owls 2015

November 28 Winter Finch Forecast


Winter 2015-16
Spring 2016


Summer 2016

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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