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North Woods Naturalist

Sunrise west harbor  from the Sunrise Series by Stephan Hoglund

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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Saw whet owl

Saw whet owl migration mysteries

They’re small and there are a lot of them, but we don’t know much about them.

Wooly Bear caterpillar

Weather predictors? The truth about Wooly Bear caterpillars

Can a caterpillar really predict this winter’s weather? WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel Andersen about wooly bears.

Moss Animal (Karen Montgomery/Flickr)

Otherworldly moss animals: Freshwater bryozoa

These aquatic creatures look like something from a science fiction movie. In this edition of North Woods Naturalist, WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Andersen about moss animals.


Fireweed patches are in bloom

This time of summer, many plants are blooming, but we tend to notice one in particular. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel Andersen about fireweed

Snakes molt head first

Molting reptiles and amphibians: three different techniques

An important part of being a reptile is going through molting…that’s the only way they can grow.

Molting red-tailed hawk

Molting: an important part of bird's life

An important part of being a bird is going through the molt, or molts…because it’s a constant replenishing of what makes birds, birds: feathers.


The goldeneye: a northland visitor

They’re one of our most recognizable ducks, but they tend to show up early in the season and then leave they’re ducklings soon after they’re ready for the water WTIP’s Jay Ande

Canada geese

A recovery success story: Canada geese

A lot of people have commented on the large numbers of Canada geese this year. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel Andersen about a recovery success story.


The special spring goldthread

It’s a plant easily overlooked because it’s small and doesn’t bloom very long. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson
about goldthread.

Trumpeter swans

Trumpeter swans coming back in Minnesota

They’re the heaviest bird in North America and they’re making a Minnesota come-back. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel Andersen about trumpeter swans.