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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Lichens on rock

Lichens are two plants in one

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.


Northern goshawk. Photo - Flickr

Fast and relentless: the northern goshawk

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

As we edge ever closer to spring, the light changes in our natural world.


Redpoll

Redpolls returning to your feeders

Flocks of redpolls usually come down from their northern breeding grounds to visit our feeders every winter.


 
Short tailed shrew

Voracious eaters: short tailed shrews

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"

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"

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.


 
Dwarf mistletoe

Eastern dwarf mistletoe is not the kissing kind

We have a variety of mistletoe here in the north woods…it’s just not the familiar kissing kind.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about mistletoe and wit


Horseshoe shelf mushroom

You can find conks on your trees in the woods

You’ve seen those mushrooms growing like shelves on trees. They’re not dead, they’re alive and doing interesting things.