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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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Redpoll

Redpolls returning to your feeders

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Flocks of redpolls usually come down from their northern breeding grounds to visit our feeders every winter. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about these sociable little finches.


 
Short tailed shrew

Voracious eaters: short tailed shrews

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They’re small, fast and can be a big help to gardeners. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about short tailed shrews.


 
Red crossbill

Crossbills -- left and right "handed"

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The crossbill is superbly suited to feeding the way it does. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about this unique and interesting bird.


 
Moon with ring

Icey truth about rings around the moon

Winter is a good time to see a ring around the moon. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about high thin clouds and six-sided crystals.


 
Burl on a tree

Burls are more than "bumps on a log"

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They’re a familiar sight in our north woods, but are they injuries? Do they harm the trees? WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about burls.


 
Dwarf mistletoe

Eastern dwarf mistletoe is not the kissing kind

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We have a variety of mistletoe here in the north woods…it’s just not the familiar kissing kind.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about mistletoe and witches’ brooms.


 
Horseshoe shelf mushroom

You can find conks on your trees in the woods

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You’ve seen those mushrooms growing like shelves on trees. They’re not dead, they’re alive and doing interesting things. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about conks in winter.


 
Leaf litter

Leaf litter and the scent of autumn

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One of the distinctive impressions we have of this time of year is the way it smells. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about leaf litter and the scent of autumn.


 
Lapland longspur

Lapland longspur migration

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One of the fall migrants we see in flocks on grassy ground is the Lapland longspur. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about these camouflaged seed eaters.


 
Garter snake on the move

Snakes are settling in for the winter

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Fall is hibernation time, and that includes our neighborhood snakes. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about snakes in the rocks.