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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 Shore ice

The winter mix going into March

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Moving from February into March, there are many natural phenomena occurring as we edge to spring. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about moving into late winter.


 
Black-capped chickadee

Birds who cache their food in winter

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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? Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about birds who cache.


 
Beavers in winter

No hypothermia for these mammals

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Some mammals like beavers and muskrats can get wet in the winter with no apparent problems. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about furry wet animals.


 
Black bear

Black bear birth success -- brown fat

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True hibernators and especially black bears, are giving birth this time of year. They have a special feature that helps them birth in winter. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about brown fat.


 
Male pine grosbeak

Calm and melodious pine grosbeaks, back for winter

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Unlike their raucous evening grosbeak relatives, pine grosbeaks are calm, melodious and are generally better mannered. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about these elegant visitors from the boreal north..


 
Bobcat

Bobcats are back in the neighborhood

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The Arrowhead has three large cats, and one of them seems to be more apparent this winter. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about the presence of bobcats.


 
Winter in the wilderness. Photo: Flickr

A look at the end of the natural year

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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. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about what to see during the final days of 2011.


 
American mink

American mink -- one of our busiest weasels

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There’s a very busy member of the weasel family that populates our lakeshores and streams. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about the American mink.


 
Low water in a stream

What our local drought conditions mean to the Arrowhead

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This year, particularly the last few months have been dry in Northern Minnesota. Dry to the point of drought. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about the effects of drought especially in our streams and rivers.


 
Flying squirrel

Fascinating flying squirrels

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They’re small, secretive, soft and they can fly – or at least glide a good distance.  Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about nocturnal flying squirrels.