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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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So far, this is the winter that was

It’s been cold and snowy so far this winter. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about winter weather over the past ten years.

Woodland caribou

Woodland caribou no longer roam our area

They once roamed the woods along the North Shore in Cook County. Now they’ve moved on to greener pastures. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel Andersen about woodland caribou.

Red-backed vole

Red-backed voles are common in the county

Two little rodents are common on the North Shore. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel Andersen about red-backed and meadow voles.

November lake

November: prelude to winter in the woods

Inching toward winter, there are many things in the natural world turning and changing.


Whitefish: important fish in Lake Superior and our inland waters

A staple for commercial and native fishermen over the years have been whitefish.

Saw whet owl

Saw whet owl migration mysteries

They’re small and there are a lot of them, but we don’t know much about them.

Wooly Bear caterpillar

Weather predictors? The truth about Wooly Bear caterpillars

Can a caterpillar really predict this winter’s weather? WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel Andersen about wooly bears.

Moss Animal (Karen Montgomery/Flickr)

Otherworldly moss animals: Freshwater bryozoa

These aquatic creatures look like something from a science fiction movie. In this edition of North Woods Naturalist, WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Andersen about moss animals.


Fireweed patches are in bloom

This time of summer, many plants are blooming, but we tend to notice one in particular. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel Andersen about fireweed

Snakes molt head first

Molting reptiles and amphibians: three different techniques

An important part of being a reptile is going through molting…that’s the only way they can grow.