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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.

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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.


 
Fisher

Fishers: well equipped for winter

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They’re fast, sleek predators and active in winter. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about fishers.


 
Shoveling

So far, this is the winter that was

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It’s been cold and snowy so far this winter. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about winter weather over the past ten years.


 
Woodland caribou

Woodland caribou no longer roam our area

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They once roamed the woods along the North Shore in Cook County. Now they’ve moved on to greener pastures. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel Andersen about woodland caribou.


 
Red-backed vole

Red-backed voles are common in the county

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Two little rodents are common on the North Shore. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel Andersen about red-backed and meadow voles.


 
November lake

November: prelude to winter in the woods

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Inching toward winter, there are many things in the natural world turning and changing. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with phenologist Chel Andersen about mid-November, in this edition of "North Woods Naturalist."


 
Whitefish

Whitefish: important fish in Lake Superior and our inland waters

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A staple for commercial and native fishermen over the years have been whitefish. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with phenologist Chel Andersen about whitefish in the big lake and inland waters, in this edition of "North Woods Naturalist."


 
Saw whet owl

Saw whet owl migration mysteries

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They’re small and there are a lot of them, but we don’t know much about them. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel Andersen about the migration – or not – of saw whet owls.