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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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Lapland longspur

Lapland longspur migration

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One of the fall migrants we see in flocks on grassy ground is the Lapland longspur. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about these camouflaged seed eaters.


 
Garter snake on the move

Snakes are settling in for the winter

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Fall is hibernation time, and that includes our neighborhood snakes. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about snakes in the rocks.


 
Bumblebee loaded with pollen

Bumblebees in fleece jackets

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Bumblebees are still out, and they are probably queens looking to dig in for winter. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about bees in fleece jackets.


 
Autumn is here, and leaves are beginning to change (Fang Guo/Flickr)

Autumn brings change outdoors

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The trees and birds and everything are getting ready for winter. In this edition of North Woods Naturalist, Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about autumn.


 
Green Darner Dragonfly (tlindenbaum/Flickr)

Dragonflies migrate, too

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Dragonflies follow their insect prey…some as far as the Gulf coast.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with local naturalist Chel Anderson about green darner dragonfly migration.


 
American toad after tadpole stage

Little toads are on parade this summer

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One of the small wonders of our north shore woods are little creatures on parade.  Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about the transformation of toads.


 
Purple fringed orchid

Northland orchids, purple and pink

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There are several northland orchids in Cook County. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about two orchids to watch for.


 
Wild rose

July, and the wildflowers are blooming

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We’re definitely into summer and the woods and roadsides, as well as lakes and ponds are blooming. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about summer blooms.


 
Flooding at Jay Cook State Park. Photo: MPR

Stream and lake ecology affected by heavy rains

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The recent flooding has a big ecological impact on our streams and lakes.  Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about sediments and nutrients.


 
Rose-breasted grosbeak

The remarkable rose-breasted grosbeak

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One of the showiest birds at the feeder, as well as one of the most vocally proficient is the rose-breasted grosbeak.  Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about this stunning bird.