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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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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.


 
Photo by Todd Hall on Flickr

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.


 
Photo By Lisa Brown On Flickr

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.


 
Photo by Chris Carpenter on Flickr

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.


 
Photo by Nouspique on Flickr

Pumping the swamps with the “sloughpumper"

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A master of camouflage and singer of a most unusual song. The American bittern is also commonly known as a “sloughpumper” In this edition of North Woods Phenology, Jay Andersen, with WTIP North Shore Community Radio, speaks with local naturalist Chel Anderson about this reclusive resident of our swamps and reedy shorelines.


 
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How ants and plants help one another

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Some kinds of ants and some plants have a relationship called mutualism. In other words the one contributes to the welfare of the other. In this edition of North Woods Phenology, Jay Andersen, with WTIP North Shore Community Radio, speaks with local naturalist Chel Anderson about ants and plants.


 
Spring azure butterflies are some of the first butterflies to emerge from their chrysalis in spring

It’s Spring along the North Shore

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We are in the full flush of spring. Baby animals, insects on the move, plants blooming -- and the big green-up is upon us. In this edition of North Woods Phenology, Jay Andersen, with WTIP North Shore Community Radio, speaks with local naturalist Chel Anderson about spring on the north shore.

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

Photo courtesy of andrew mace-- via Flickr.


 
Earthworms can be beneficial in agricultural soils, but they can be destructive in the glaciated portion of our continent

Digging beneath the surface on earthworms

We use them for fishing and we use them for composting, but that doesn’t mean earthworms are all that nice to have around. In this edition of North Woods Phenology, Jay Andersen, with WTIP North Shore Community Radio, speaks with local naturalist Chel Anderson about why worms are bad for the ecosystem.

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

Photo courtesy of pfly via Flickr.


 
The thermo cline an important barrier that regulates how nutrients cycle in the lake

Another look at Lake Superior turnover

A good share of the health of Lake Superior is dependent upon water at 39 degrees. In this edition of North Woods Phenology, Jay Andersen speaks with local naturalist Chel Anderson about life before the summer thermo cline.

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

Photo courtesy of Leogirly4life via Flickr.