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!”
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).
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
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
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.