North Woods Naturalist

Sunrise west harbor  from the Sunrise Series by Stephan Hoglund

Contributor(s): 
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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Early spring scene

Unseasonable weather started spring early this year

March was a warm one. Spring seemed to be in a hurry to get here. As such many birds and plants also started early.


North Shore ice

The winter mix going into March

Moving from February into March, there are many natural phenomena occurring as we edge to spring.


 
Black-capped chickadee

Birds who cache their food in winter

Are chickadees being fussy when they pick up a seed at your feeder and drop it for another? What to blue jays do with all those seeds they gulp down?


Beavers in winter

No hypothermia for these mammals

Some mammals like beavers and muskrats can get wet in the winter with no apparent problems.


 
Black bear

Black bear birth success -- brown fat

True hibernators and especially black bears, are giving birth this time of year. They have a special feature that helps them birth in winter.


Male pine grosbeak

Calm and melodious pine grosbeaks, back for winter

Unlike their raucous evening grosbeak relatives, pine grosbeaks are calm, melodious and are generally better mannered.


 
Bobcat

Bobcats are back in the neighborhood

The Arrowhead has three large cats, and one of them seems to be more apparent this winter.


Winter in the wilderness. Photo: Flickr

A look at the end of the natural year

We’re coming to the end of the year, and there are plenty of changes and activities to look for when we’re out on winter walks.


 
American mink

American mink -- one of our busiest weasels

There’s a very busy member of the weasel family that populates our lakeshores and streams.


Low water in a stream

What our local drought conditions mean to the Arrowhead

This year, particularly the last few months have been dry in Northern Minnesota. Dry to the point of drought.