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 the AM and PM Community Calendar programs. Subscribe to our North Woods Naturalist podcast.

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Wolly aphid

Small fall insects are flying around the North Shore

Tiny bluish insects with skirts and millions of very small moths. It’s autumn on the North Shore. WTIP's Jay Andersen spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about these little bugs.


Short-tailed shrew

Tiny shrews are beginning their migration in search of food

They’re small – even tiny – but bundles of energy and this time of year you can see them scurrying about in search of food.


 
Woodchuck / photo: Google Images

North Woods Naturalist: True hibernators of the North Shore

Bears hibernate, but many don’t consider them true hibernators. We do have three mammals locally who truly hibernate.


Thimbleberries

North Woods Naturalist: Tracking the spaceship fruit

To use an intriguing metaphor – seasonal fruit as spaceship.


 
Cedar Waxwing -- photo, Flickr

Berry time means time for cedar waxwings

When it’s berry time on the trees and shrubs, it’s also time for waxwings.


Indian pipe -- photo: Wikipedia

Indian pipe -- the white plant in the woods

One of the few totally white plants in our woods is the so-called Indian Pipe.


 
Fireweed

Late summer -- fireweed and friends

In the late summer many woodland and roadside plants are in bloom. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about fireweed, asters, goldenrod and more.


Cicada

Late summer cicadas sing their high-pitched song

They’re not too big, they’re green and stocky. They also make an incredibly loud sound. This is the time of year you’ll hear them.


 
WildNatureImages

North Woods Naturalist: Majestic Mergansers

Canoeing in the Boundary Waters will almost certainly bring you in contact with big broods of common mergansers.


Redjinn on Flickr

North Woods Naturalist: Fern Foliage In The North

Fern’s may not have blossoms, but they still contribute to the north woods beautiful forest foliage. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about local fern growth.