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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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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.


 
Autumn willow

Autumn willows -- keeping their winter pom-poms

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The woods and wetlands are full of willow species. One of them keeps its catkins well into winter – and that’s a good way to identify them. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about distinctive autumn willows.


 
Herring

The story of Lake Superior herring

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When Scandinavian immigrants came to the north shore, they brought with them remembrances of herring fishing in the oceans. Lake Superior herring are not the same fish, but they served the same purpose. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about lake herring today and in history.


 
Evening grosbeak feeding young

Evening grosbeaks -- are numbers declining or is it a cycle?

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For years evening grosbeaks have been common at local birdfeeders. Not so much recently. Is the decline just a cycle or a major change for these colorful birds? Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about what we know -- or don’t know -- about this popular seed eater.