Welcome to the Mainely Phenology blog, an off-shoot of  the radio program that airs on WERU-FM every Saturday morning at 8:30 EST. This blog shares photos that accompany the radio episodes as well as the transcripts and references from each episode after it airs.

This program is focused mainly on the phenology of Maine—the timing of natural occurrences throughout the seasons. This program is an audio calendar of the Maine outdoors where we share what’s happening in nature each week and focus on specific species and concepts that you can observe outdoors in hopes that you’ll become just a little more curious about the natural world.

Hazel and Joe

Who are the people behind Mainely Phenology?

Hazel Stark (left above): Hazel produces all the episodes for the radio and writes half of them. Hazel grew up in the woods of Winterport, Maine, choosing a tent in the forest as her bedroom five months out of the year from age 9 until she left for college at 18. Identifying the tracks, scat, mushrooms, and owl sounds that existed in these woods gave her a deeper appreciation for the natural world and a passion for sharing its wonders with others. She holds a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, an MS in Resource Management and Conservation from Antioch University New England, and is a Co-Founder at Maine Outdoor School, L3C.

Joe Horn (right above): Joe writes the other half of the episodes that Hazel doesn’t write! When he isn’t actively working to increase personal and community resilience through his efforts as the other Co-Founder at Maine Outdoor School, Joe can be found somewhere between a babbling trout stream, his kitchen, or the woods seeking solitude, reflection, and intentionality in his everyday life. Joe has studied natural history and education from California to Maine, Missouri to Wyoming, and many places in between. He holds a BS in Environmental Biology from Unity College, an MS in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Education and an MBA in Sustainability from Antioch University New England.

Leave us comments in this blog or send us an email at mainelyphenology@gmail.com!

Do you want to listen to the show? Here are your options:

  • Listen online from WERU’s website here.
  • Listen on the radio if you’re near Blue Hill or Bangor, ME (89.9 in Blue Hill and 99.9 near Bangor).
  • Subscribe as a podcast and/or download episodes after they air. Information about how to do that is available on WERU’s website here. We’ll also post the relevant links for that in the transcripts after each episode airs.

This blog is associated with Mainely Phenology on WERU-FM Community Radio, 89.9 Blue Hill, 99.9 Bangor, and WERU.org. The content of this blog is solely the responsibility of the WERU volunteers maintaining it. Donate to the important work of WERU here.