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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Bunchberries

Regardless of the weather, it's early summer in the woods

Plenty of plants blooming and animals moving around. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about early summer


Tiger Swallowtail

North Woods Naturalist: Tiger Swallowtails

They’re among our earliest butterflies in spring. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about swallowtails.


 
Winter Wren

North Woods Naturalist: Winter Wren

It's a tiny bird with a big voice. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about winter wrens.

(Photo by N.Sloth on Flickr)


Spring Beauty

North Woods Naturalist: Feels Like Summer

June is the summer solstice month and it’s feeling a lot like summer. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about the big green-up.


 
White crown

White-crowned sparrows are moving through

White- crowned sparrows and white throats look similar, but a closer look reveals many differences. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about white-crowns.


Rose-breasted grosbeaks

Familiar birds returning after a long winter away

Many birds have continued their migration north, being replaced by many more coming back or on their way through.


 
Turkey vulture

The necessary, but not attractive, turkey vulture

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

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

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

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