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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.

Arts, cultural and history features on WTIP are made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Check out other programs and features funded in part with support from the Heritage Fund.

 

 


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Ice Arch Sunrise by Travis Novitsky

North Woods Naturalist: Marvels of January

From bear cubs being born to artic smoke and steam devils, there's plenty happening in the natural world as we approach the end of January.

WTIP's CJ Heithoff talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about the marvels of January in this edition of North Woods Naturalist.

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First Snow by Travis Novitsky

North Woods Naturalist: A look back at 2019

2019 was certainly one of the wettest years in recent memory.

Naturalist Chel Anderson reflects on the year that was and talks winter ephemera with WTIP's CJ Heithoff in this edition of North Woods Naturalist.

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Photo by Courtney Celley/USFWS via USFWS Midwest Region on Flickr.

North Woods Naturalist: Porcupines

Did you know porcupines have around 30,000 quills?  

WTIP's CJ Heithoff talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about porcupines in this edition of North Woods Naturalist.

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Photo by Courtney Celley/USFWS via USFWS Midwest Region on Flickr.

North Woods Naturalist: Missing finches

We've recently heard the question, where are the finches?  WTIP's CJ Heithoff gets some possible answers from naturalist Chel Anderson in this edition of North Woods Naturalist. 

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North Woods Naturalist: Bark life

There are a number of organisms that live inside or on trees, including algae, mosses, and lichens. 

WTIP's CJ Heithoff talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about "bark life" in this edition of North Woods Naturalist.

 

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North Woods Naturalist: Season's reaveals

WTIP's CJ Heithoff talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about what's uncovered in nature during the late fall and early winter before the first big snow in this edition of North Woods Naturalist.

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Flicker Tongue.  Photo by Denise Takahashi. Submitted.

North Woods Naturalist: Woodpecker tongues

Human tongues and bird tongues are vastly different.  The difference is more pronounced still if you compare our tongue to a woodpecker tongue, that wraps around their skull and includes barbs to help catch prey.  WTIP's CJ Heithoff talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about the unique woodpecker tongue in this edition of North Woods Naturalist.

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Red-tailed Hawk. Photo by Ron Knight via Flickr and Creative Commons.

North Woods Naturalist: Late bird migration

Late fall offers a chance to see some birds that we normally don't see along the North Shore.  Some late migratory birds include eagles, northern harriers, hawks, and many more.  WTIP's CJ Heithoff talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about late bird migration in this edition of North Woods Naturalist.

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Moose cow and twins on the Gunflint - Photo by Colin Smith

North Woods Naturalist: Moose and nutrient cycles

Moose contribute to the nutrient cycle in the forest in many ways.  WTIP's CJ Heithoff learns more from naturalist Chel Anderson in this edition of North Woods Naturalist.

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Fall Colors on the Honeymoon Trail by Travis Novitsky

North Woods Naturalist: Fall recap

WTIP's CJ Heithoff talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about the fall season so far, including what reasons may have contributed to the spectacular fall colors we enjoyed in this edition of North Woods Naturalist.

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