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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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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.


 
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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.


 
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Tadpoles, Starting Small

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Tadpoles are the special young of frogs. They’re real survivors with some interesting strategies and defenses. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about tadpoles in the ponds.

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


 
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North Woods Naturalist: Eastern Grey Tree Frog Singing In The North

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One of the night singers we hear this summer is also a master of disguise. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about the eastern gray tree frog.

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


 
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North Woods Naturalist: It’s Time For the Mayfly Transformation

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One of the most ephemeral of insects is the mayfly. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about what can be a huge event in the insect world

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


 
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Jacks and Jills Share the Pulpit

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One of the most interesting and different flowers in the woods is the Jack-in-the-pulpit. Jack has some interesting adaptations and secrets. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about Jacks and Jills in the pulpit.

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


 
Photo by Jerry Oldenettel on Flickr

It’s summer and the dragonflies are back!

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The first day of summer is here and so are the dragonflies. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about one of those dragonflies – the chalk-fronted corpora.

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