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 the AM and PM Community Calendar programs. Subscribe to our North Woods Naturalist podcast.

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Bobcat

Bobcats are back in the neighborhood

The Arrowhead has three large cats, and one of them seems to be more apparent this winter.


Winter in the wilderness. Photo: Flickr

A look at the end of the natural year

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.


 
American mink

American mink -- one of our busiest weasels

There’s a very busy member of the weasel family that populates our lakeshores and streams.


Low water in a stream

What our local drought conditions mean to the Arrowhead

This year, particularly the last few months have been dry in Northern Minnesota. Dry to the point of drought.


 
Flying squirrel

Fascinating flying squirrels

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 no


Autumn willow

Autumn willows -- keeping their winter pom-poms

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.


 
Herring

The story of Lake Superior herring

When Scandinavian immigrants came to the north shore, they brought with them remembrances of herring fishing in the oceans.


Evening grosbeak feeding young

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

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?


 
Northern shrike

Fall to winter -- the changing of the seasons

Fall moves toward winter – sometimes in slow motion, sometimes quickly.  Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about snow buntings, shrike


Autumn leaves

Leaf litter -- an important part of forest ecology

If trees didn’t lose their leaves in the fall, a whole lot of good things on the forest floor just wouldn’t happen.  Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local na