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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North Woods Naturalist: It’s Time For the Mayfly Transformation

One of the most ephemeral of insects is the mayfly. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about what can be a huge event in the insect world


Photo by Chris Carpenter on Flickr

Jacks and Jills Share the Pulpit

One of the most interesting and different flowers in the woods is the Jack-in-the-pulpit. Jack has some interesting adaptations and secrets.


 
Photo by Jerry Oldenettel on Flickr

It’s summer and the dragonflies are back!

The first day of summer is here and so are the dragonflies. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about one of those dragonflies – the chalk-fronted corpora.


Photo by Nouspique on Flickr

Pumping the swamps with the “sloughpumper"

A master of camouflage and singer of a most unusual song.


 
Photo by Ariari on Flickr

How ants and plants help one another

Some kinds of ants and some plants have a relationship called mutualism. In other words the one contributes to the welfare of the other.


Spring azure butterflies are some of the first butterflies to emerge from their chrysalis in spring

It’s Spring along the North Shore

We are in the full flush of spring. Baby animals, insects on the move, plants blooming -- and the big green-up is upon us.


 
Earthworms can be beneficial in agricultural soils, but they can be destructive in the glaciated portion of our continent

Digging beneath the surface on earthworms

We use them for fishing and we use them for composting, but that doesn’t mean earthworms are all that nice to have around.


The thermo cline an important barrier that regulates how nutrients cycle in the lake

Another look at Lake Superior turnover

A good share of the health of Lake Superior is dependent upon water at 39 degrees.


 
Blue Spotted Salamander

Time for the spring awakening

Birds, frogs and salamanders are all active as spring slowly moves into the northland. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about returning birds and amphibians.


Bird Migration

Looking at bird migration on the North Shore

Chel Anderson is a North Shore naturalist. She lives in Cook County and joins us periodically to talk about phenology or what’s going on in the woods right now. Welcome back, Chel.