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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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Maple Leaf in Spring

The lives of leaves in spring

Fall is not the only times when leaves go through dramatic changes. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about the lives of leaves in spring.

(Photo by Photoholic1 on Flickr)
 

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Kadunce River Trail

Suddenly Spring

Suddenly spring. Just over the past two weeks, birds, plants and bugs are bringing in the season. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about spring transformations.

(Photo by Martha Marnocha)

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Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped warblers return

They’re a reliable early spring returning bird. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about yellow-rumped warblers.

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Spring Peeper

Where we are with spring

There’s been enough spring-like weather to get the season going. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about where we are in mid-May this year.
 

(Photo from FWC Fish and Wildlife Research on Flickr)

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Donna Lake

Our northwoods spring, so far

It’s been a chilly spring by and large. Still, plants and birds are in their spring mode even if there have been a few snow flurries from time to time. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about spring so far.

(Photo by Martha Marnocha)

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Black-backed Woodpecker

The lowdown on North Shore woodpeckers

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It’s spring and woodpeckers are making themselves known in the woods. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about the various woodpeckers we have on the North Shore this time of year...
 

Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Northeast Region via Flickr.


 
Ravens

Ravens are starting to build their nests

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One of our most interesting and adaptable birds is also one of the most commonly found here in the Northland. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel Andersen about ravens.
 

Photo courtesy of Sergey Yeliseev via Flickr.


 

All About Tree Bark: Part 2

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Most people probably identify trees by their leaves and bark. In the second of a two-part series, WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about tree bark.

(Photo by Nicholas Tonelli on Flickr)


 

All About Tree Bark: Part 1

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Most people probably identify trees by their leaves and bark. In the first of a two part series, WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about tree bark.

 
(Photo by John Lustig on Flickr)
 


 
Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl - An occasional winter visitor

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They’re our heaviest and probably most agile owl, but they usually show up here when the winter hunting gets hard in the far north. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about snowy owls in this feature from early February.

(Photo by Tony Hisgett on Flickr)