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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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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.


 
Wooly Bear caterpillar

Weather predictors? The truth about Wooly Bear caterpillars

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Can a caterpillar really predict this winter’s weather? WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel Andersen about wooly bears.


 
Moss Animal (Karen Montgomery/Flickr)

Otherworldly moss animals: Freshwater bryozoa

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These aquatic creatures look like something from a science fiction movie. In this edition of North Woods Naturalist, WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Andersen about moss animals.


 
Fireweed

Fireweed patches are in bloom

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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

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An important part of being a reptile is going through molting…that’s the only way they can grow. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel Andersen about the molting snakes, amphibians and turtles.


 
Molting red-tailed hawk

Molting: an important part of bird's life

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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. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel Andersen about the molt.


 
Goldeneye

The goldeneye: a northland visitor

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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 Andersen talks with Chel Andersen about goldeneyes.