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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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Winter Wren

North Woods Naturalist: Winter Wren

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It's a tiny bird with a big voice. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about winter wrens.

(Photo by N.Sloth on Flickr)


 
Spring Beauty

North Woods Naturalist: Feels Like Summer

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June is the summer solstice month and it’s feeling a lot like summer. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about the big green-up.

(Photo by Tim on Flickr)


 
White crown

White-crowned sparrows are moving through

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White- crowned sparrows and white throats look similar, but a closer look reveals many differences. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about white-crowns.


 
Rose-breasted grosbeaks

Familiar birds returning after a long winter away

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Many birds have continued their migration north, being replaced by many more coming back or on their way through. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about all the spring birds an a few frogs as well.


 
Turkey vulture

The necessary, but not attractive, turkey vulture

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They’re one of our most unusual and interesting raptors…and they’re returning with spring. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about turkey vultures.
 


 
Northern flicker

Northern flickers are flashy and they're back

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They’re showy and they’re on the return. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about northern flickers.
 


 
Frost crack

The rifle crack in the woods

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It may sound like a rifle shot, but it’s probably a frost crack. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about warm days and cold nights in the woods.


 
Fisher

Fishers: well equipped for winter

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They’re fast, sleek predators and active in winter. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about fishers.


 
Shoveling

So far, this is the winter that was

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It’s been cold and snowy so far this winter. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about winter weather over the past ten years.


 
Woodland caribou

Woodland caribou no longer roam our area

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They once roamed the woods along the North Shore in Cook County. Now they’ve moved on to greener pastures. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel Andersen about woodland caribou.