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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Life under the snow

In winter plants may be dormant, but their chemistry works overtime

We all know animals have various ways of dealing with winter. Some hibernate; some stay active under the snow. Much the same is true for seeds and plants.


A marten takes a peek over the snow

The winter world beneath our feet

While most of us are skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing on top of the snow, there’s a whole world of activity under our feet. This is the subnivean environment.


 
A Barred Owl

Hooo’s hooting? It’s owl courtship season

If you’re out in the woods these days you may be hearing the sounds of courtship. At least two species of owl are getting romantic for the Valentine season.


Close up of a snow flea

Snow fleas have an important ecological function

Now that we have some fresh snow, you might be seeing little spots of stuff that looks like pepper. If the spots jump around they’re more than likely snow fleas.