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North Woods Naturalist

Sunrise west harbor  from the Sunrise Series by Stephan Hoglund

Contributor(s): 
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.

Arts, cultural and history features on WTIP are made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Check out other programs and features funded in part with support from the Heritage Fund.

 

 

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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)
 
 


 
Ice in Sea Cave

Are we making progress toward spring?

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Mid-winter is a time to check in on progress toward spring. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about winter now and coming up.
 
(Photo courtesy of University of Wisconsin Sea Grant/Water Resources on Flickr)


 

Winter hydration important for birds and mammals

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With everything frozen up, birds and mammals can have a difficult time finding water. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about hydrating in winter.
 

(Photo by Kodpe on Flickr)


 

What are water shrews?

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These little creatures have been perfecting their lifestyles for millions upon millions of years. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about water shrews.

(Photo courtesy of Wildlife in a Dorset Garden on Flickr)


 
A Winter Day in Norway by Fritz Thaulow, 1886

A very different winter so far

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This winter is a whole lot different from last year. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about birds, animals and warmer temperatures.
 
(Art courtesy of California State University Image Project)


 
Sharp-shinned hawk

Fierce and agile sharp-shinned hawk

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They’re agile and fierce pursuit hunters. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about her close encounter with a sharp-shinned hawk.

(Photo by Laura Gooch on Flickr)
 


 
Thimbleberries

Thimbleberries: an often neglected trail treat

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They’re a refreshing snack to find along a trail. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about thimbleberries.


 
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)