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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.

Arts, cultural and history features on WTIP are made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Check out other programs and features funded in part with support from the Heritage Fund.

 

 

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Flying squirrel

Fascinating flying squirrels

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They’re small, secretive, soft and they can fly – or at least glide a good distance.  Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about nocturnal flying squirrels.


 
Autumn willow

Autumn willows -- keeping their winter pom-poms

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The woods and wetlands are full of willow species. One of them keeps its catkins well into winter – and that’s a good way to identify them. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about distinctive autumn willows.


 
Herring

The story of Lake Superior herring

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When Scandinavian immigrants came to the north shore, they brought with them remembrances of herring fishing in the oceans. Lake Superior herring are not the same fish, but they served the same purpose. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about lake herring today and in history.


 
Evening grosbeak feeding young

Evening grosbeaks -- are numbers declining or is it a cycle?

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For years evening grosbeaks have been common at local birdfeeders. Not so much recently. Is the decline just a cycle or a major change for these colorful birds? Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about what we know -- or don’t know -- about this popular seed eater.


 
Northern shrike

Fall to winter -- the changing of the seasons

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Fall moves toward winter – sometimes in slow motion, sometimes quickly.  Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about snow buntings, shrikes and deer in the changing season.


 
Autumn leaves

Leaf litter -- an important part of forest ecology

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If trees didn’t lose their leaves in the fall, a whole lot of good things on the forest floor just wouldn’t happen.  Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about autumn leaf litter.


 
Wolly aphid

Small fall insects are flying around the North Shore

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Tiny bluish insects with skirts and millions of very small moths. It’s autumn on the North Shore. WTIP's Jay Andersen spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about these little bugs.


 
Short-tailed shrew

Tiny shrews are beginning their migration in search of food

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They’re small – even tiny – but bundles of energy and this time of year you can see them scurrying about in search of food. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about migrating shrews.


 
Woodchuck / photo: Google Images

North Woods Naturalist: True hibernators of the North Shore

Bears hibernate, but many don’t consider them true hibernators. We do have three mammals locally who truly hibernate. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about groundhogs, bats and jumping mice.


 
Thimbleberries

North Woods Naturalist: Tracking the spaceship fruit

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To use an intriguing metaphor – seasonal fruit as spaceship. Jay Andersen, of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson why fruits resemble the human quest for space exploration.