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Animal Tracks (by Jomegat on wikimedia)

Tracks: what’s walking in the woods?

Lots of snow means lots of interesting animal tracks in the woods. WTIPs Jay Andersen talks with local phenologist Chel Anderson about snow prints.

Robin (by JerryFriedman on wikimedia)

Birds have winter survival skills

As winter settles in, so do many birds. Those that don’t migrate must have adaptations to the cold. WTIPs Jay Andersen talks with local phenologist Chel Anderson about winter bird survival.

Lake Superior (by Aaron Fulkerson on wikimedia)

Sky streaks continue through mid-month

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it a meteor shower and it’s going on right now.

Frozen Lake (by Mike6271 on wikimedia)

Wildersmith January 7

A belated Happy New Year to everyone! The days spin by so fast regardless of where one is located, and being in the wilderness is no exception, 2011 is already a week old!

Field Dressing A Deer (by MJCdetroit on wikimedia)

Points North: Resolutions Spur Outdoor Enthusiasm

Recently, I interviewed a few friends for a trout fishing story I'm writing for a magazine.

Wenonah by Mathew Ingram on Wikimedia

Points North: For Isle Royale Captain, Bringing Home A New Boat Was An Adventure

 He says it was no big deal, but coming home with a new boat was an adventure for Don Szczech.

Pine Tree by MichaelPloujnikov on Wikimedia

Points North: A Poached Tree And The Promise Of Spring

 Years ago I found myself on a rocky outcrop overlooking the little North Shore community where I live.

Deer (Wikimedia)

Points North: The Price We Pay for Deer Abundance

New England's abundant whitetails present a host of management challenges, according to a story in the current issue

Minnesota Corn (Kris on Wikimedia)

Points North: We Need A Salesman To Lead The DNR

 While we still aren’t sure who will be our next governor, some are already speculating about who our incoming leader will appoint to lead the Minnesota DNR.


All things snowflake

 Chel Anderson is a botanist and plant ecologist. She lives here in Cook County and joins us periodically to talk about phenology or what’s going on in the woods right now.