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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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Winter forest

Have there really been other Springs like this?

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Spring so far this year has been elusive to say the least. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel about where this year stacks up with previous springtimes.


 
Hoar frost

Hoar frost; the feathery ice that covers everything

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This has been a particularly notable winter for hoar frost. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel Anderson about these feathery phenomena.


 
Lichens on rock

Lichens are two plants in one

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The North Shore has plenty of lichens, but you may not recognize them as such and you may not know a very interesting fact about them. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel about the combination plant: lichens.


 
Northern goshawk. Photo - Flickr

Fast and relentless: the northern goshawk

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They’re fast, agile and relentless hunters of the forest. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about northern goshawks.


 
Winter light

Changing light changes the natural world

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As we edge ever closer to spring, the light changes in our natural world. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about how light affects all living things in the slow change from winter to spring.


 
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.