Natural North Dakota 2011 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 2010

September 4 Foxtail Barley
September 11 Dakota Autumn
September 18 Flickers
September 25 Green Leaf Volatiles

October 2 Shaggy Manes
October 9 Natural Gas on Tap!
October 16 Coots and Night Migration
October 23 National Wildlife Refuge
October 30 A Walk for Ruffed Grouse

November 6 Deer Opener
November 13 White Breasted Nuthatch
November 20 What Bird?
November 27 North Dakota State Soil

Winter 2010-11

December 4 Geminids Meteor Shower
December 11 Migrate, Hibernate, or Endure
December 18 Standing Rock
December 25 Poinsettias

January 1 Audubon and Sprague’s Pipit
January 8 Snow Sculptures
January 15 Winter Blues
January 22 Muskrats in Winter
January 29 Cassiopeia

February 4 Seed Dormancy

February 12 Great Backyard Bird Count 2011

February 19 Little Missouri River

February 26 Emerald Ash Borer

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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