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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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Mosquito

Mosquitoes: bothersome bugs

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This has been a particularly bothersome summer for mosquitoes. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about these pesky pests.


 
Bunchberries

Regardless of the weather, it's early summer in the woods

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Plenty of plants blooming and animals moving around. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about early summer


 
Tiger Swallowtail

North Woods Naturalist: Tiger Swallowtails

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They’re among our earliest butterflies in spring. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about swallowtails.

(Photo by John Flannery on Flickr)


 
Winter Wren

North Woods Naturalist: Winter Wren

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It's a tiny bird with a big voice. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about winter wrens.

(Photo by N.Sloth on Flickr)


 
Spring Beauty

North Woods Naturalist: Feels Like Summer

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June is the summer solstice month and it’s feeling a lot like summer. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about the big green-up.

(Photo by Tim on Flickr)


 
White crown

White-crowned sparrows are moving through

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White- crowned sparrows and white throats look similar, but a closer look reveals many differences. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about white-crowns.


 
Rose-breasted grosbeaks

Familiar birds returning after a long winter away

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Many birds have continued their migration north, being replaced by many more coming back or on their way through. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about all the spring birds an a few frogs as well.


 
Turkey vulture

The necessary, but not attractive, turkey vulture

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They’re one of our most unusual and interesting raptors…and they’re returning with spring. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about turkey vultures.
 


 
Northern flicker

Northern flickers are flashy and they're back

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They’re showy and they’re on the return. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about northern flickers.
 


 
Frost crack

The rifle crack in the woods

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It may sound like a rifle shot, but it’s probably a frost crack. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about warm days and cold nights in the woods.