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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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.


Leaf litter

Leaf litter and the scent of autumn

One of the distinctive impressions we have of this time of year is the way it smells. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about leaf litter and the scent of autumn.


 
Lapland longspur

Lapland longspur migration

One of the fall migrants we see in flocks on grassy ground is the Lapland longspur. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about these camouflaged seed eaters.


Garter snake on the move

Snakes are settling in for the winter

Fall is hibernation time, and that includes our neighborhood snakes. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about snakes in the rocks.


 
Bumblebee loaded with pollen

Bumblebees in fleece jackets

Bumblebees are still out, and they are probably queens looking to dig in for winter.


Autumn is here, and leaves are beginning to change (Fang Guo/Flickr)

Autumn brings change outdoors

The trees and birds and everything are getting ready for winter.


 
Green Darner Dragonfly (tlindenbaum/Flickr)

Dragonflies migrate, too

Dragonflies follow their insect prey…some as far as the Gulf coast.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with local naturalist Chel Anderson about green darner dragonfly migration.


American toad after tadpole stage

Little toads are on parade this summer

One of the small wonders of our north shore woods are little creatures on parade.  Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about the transformatio