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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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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


 
Wolly aphid

Small fall insects are flying around the North Shore

Tiny bluish insects with skirts and millions of very small moths. It’s autumn on the North Shore. WTIP's Jay Andersen spoke to local naturalist Chel Anderson about these little bugs.


Short-tailed shrew

Tiny shrews are beginning their migration in search of food

They’re small – even tiny – but bundles of energy and this time of year you can see them scurrying about in search of food.


 
Woodchuck / photo: Google Images

North Woods Naturalist: True hibernators of the North Shore

Bears hibernate, but many don’t consider them true hibernators. We do have three mammals locally who truly hibernate.


Thimbleberries

North Woods Naturalist: Tracking the spaceship fruit

To use an intriguing metaphor – seasonal fruit as spaceship.


 
Cedar Waxwing -- photo, Flickr

Berry time means time for cedar waxwings

When it’s berry time on the trees and shrubs, it’s also time for waxwings.


Indian pipe -- photo: Wikipedia

Indian pipe -- the white plant in the woods

One of the few totally white plants in our woods is the so-called Indian Pipe.