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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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What's On:
Wild rose

July, and the wildflowers are blooming

We’re definitely into summer and the woods and roadsides, as well as lakes and ponds are blooming.

Flooding at Jay Cook State Park. Photo: MPR

Stream and lake ecology affected by heavy rains

The recent flooding has a big ecological impact on our streams and lakes.  Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about sediments and nutrients.<

Rose-breasted grosbeak

The remarkable rose-breasted grosbeak

One of the showiest birds at the feeder, as well as one of the most vocally proficient is the rose-breasted grosbeak.  Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist C


Otters cope well in cold weather

Beavers have fat as well as fur to keep them warm in cold water, but otters have a different technique for dealing with frigid winters and spring.

Early spring scene

Unseasonable weather started spring early this year

March was a warm one. Spring seemed to be in a hurry to get here. As such many birds and plants also started early.

North Shore ice

The winter mix going into March

Moving from February into March, there are many natural phenomena occurring as we edge to spring.

Black-capped chickadee

Birds who cache their food in winter

Are chickadees being fussy when they pick up a seed at your feeder and drop it for another? What to blue jays do with all those seeds they gulp down?

Beavers in winter

No hypothermia for these mammals

Some mammals like beavers and muskrats can get wet in the winter with no apparent problems.

Black bear

Black bear birth success -- brown fat

True hibernators and especially black bears, are giving birth this time of year. They have a special feature that helps them birth in winter.

Male pine grosbeak

Calm and melodious pine grosbeaks, back for winter

Unlike their raucous evening grosbeak relatives, pine grosbeaks are calm, melodious and are generally better mannered.