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Sunrise west harbor  from the Sunrise Series by Stephan Hoglund

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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Fireweed patches are in bloom

This time of summer, many plants are blooming, but we tend to notice one in particular. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel Andersen about fireweed

Snakes molt head first

Molting reptiles and amphibians: three different techniques

An important part of being a reptile is going through molting…that’s the only way they can grow.

Molting red-tailed hawk

Molting: an important part of bird's life

An important part of being a bird is going through the molt, or molts…because it’s a constant replenishing of what makes birds, birds: feathers.


The goldeneye: a northland visitor

They’re one of our most recognizable ducks, but they tend to show up early in the season and then leave they’re ducklings soon after they’re ready for the water WTIP’s Jay Ande

Canada geese

A recovery success story: Canada geese

A lot of people have commented on the large numbers of Canada geese this year. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel Andersen about a recovery success story.


The special spring goldthread

It’s a plant easily overlooked because it’s small and doesn’t bloom very long. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson
about goldthread.

Trumpeter swans

Trumpeter swans coming back in Minnesota

They’re the heaviest bird in North America and they’re making a Minnesota come-back. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel Andersen about trumpeter swans.

Solitary sandpiper. Photo: Joel deYoung

A northern shore bird visitor: solitary sandpiper

A shore bird that’s often hard to spot as it makes it way through our part of the world. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel Andersen about solitary sandpipers .

Northern shrike

The hunting songbird: northern shrike

The northern shrike spends most of it’s time farther north, but it drops in during winter and early spring. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel Andersen about this hunting anomaly .

Raven. photo - NY Times

Ravens...they're with us year 'round

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.