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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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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.


 
Cedar Waxwing -- photo, Flickr

Berry time means time for cedar waxwings

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When it’s berry time on the trees and shrubs, it’s also time for waxwings. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about cedar waxwings, how they got their name and use that feature for courting.


 
Indian pipe -- photo: Wikipedia

Indian pipe -- the white plant in the woods

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One of the few totally white plants in our woods is the so-called Indian Pipe. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about the strange and complex relationship Indian Pipe has with trees and fungi.


 
Fireweed

Late summer -- fireweed and friends

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In the late summer many woodland and roadside plants are in bloom. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about fireweed, asters, goldenrod and more.


 
Cicada

Late summer cicadas sing their high-pitched song

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They’re not too big, they’re green and stocky. They also make an incredibly loud sound. This is the time of year you’ll hear them. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about dog days cicadas.


 
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North Woods Naturalist: Majestic Mergansers

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Canoeing in the Boundary Waters will almost certainly bring you in contact with big broods of common mergansers. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about this most interesting ‘sawtooth’ duck.

Chel Anderson is a botanist and plant ecologist living in Cook County.


 
Redjinn on Flickr

North Woods Naturalist: Fern Foliage In The North

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Fern’s may not have blossoms, but they still contribute to the north woods beautiful forest foliage. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about local fern growth.

Chel Anderson is a botanist and plant ecologist living in Cook County.