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North Woods Naturalist

Sunrise west harbor  from the Sunrise Series by Stephan Hoglund

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Chel Anderson
Chel Anderson is a botanist and plant ecologist. She lives in the Hovland area and keeps close tabs on daily changes happening in the great outdoors. She shares her insights with WTIP listeners every Tuesday during North Shore Morning and North Shore Digest.  Subscribe to our North Woods Naturalist podcast.

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American toad after tadpole stage

Little toads are on parade this summer

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One of the small wonders of our north shore woods are little creatures on parade.  Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about the transformation of toads.


 
Purple fringed orchid

Northland orchids, purple and pink

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There are several northland orchids in Cook County. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about two orchids to watch for.


 
Wild rose

July, and the wildflowers are blooming

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We’re definitely into summer and the woods and roadsides, as well as lakes and ponds are blooming. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about summer blooms.


 
Flooding at Jay Cook State Park. Photo: MPR

Stream and lake ecology affected by heavy rains

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The recent flooding has a big ecological impact on our streams and lakes.  Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about sediments and nutrients.


 
Rose-breasted grosbeak

The remarkable rose-breasted grosbeak

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One of the showiest birds at the feeder, as well as one of the most vocally proficient is the rose-breasted grosbeak.  Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about this stunning bird.


 
Otters

Otters cope well in cold weather

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Beavers have fat as well as fur to keep them warm in cold water, but otters have a different technique for dealing with frigid winters and spring. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about the otter’s unique adaptations


 
Early spring scene

Unseasonable weather started spring early this year

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March was a warm one. Spring seemed to be in a hurry to get here. As such many birds and plants also started early. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about one of the warmest months on record.


 
North Shore ice

The winter mix going into March

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Moving from February into March, there are many natural phenomena occurring as we edge to spring. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about moving into late winter.


 
Black-capped chickadee

Birds who cache their food in winter

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Are chickadees being fussy when they pick up a seed at your feeder and drop it for another? What to blue jays do with all those seeds they gulp down? Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about birds who cache.


 
Beavers in winter

No hypothermia for these mammals

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Some mammals like beavers and muskrats can get wet in the winter with no apparent problems. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about furry wet animals.