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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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A Barred Owl

Hooo’s hooting? It’s owl courtship season

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If you’re out in the woods these days you may be hearing the sounds of courtship. At least two species of owl are getting romantic for the Valentine season. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with a local phenologist about who’s doing the hooting.

 


 
Close up of a snow flea

Snow fleas have an important ecological function

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Now that we have some fresh snow, you might be seeing little spots of stuff that looks like pepper. If the spots jump around they’re more than likely snow fleas. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with phenologist Chel Anderson about these fascinating wintertime insects.