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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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Spring sunrise over Lake Superior by Travis Novitsky

North Woods Naturalist: Early March observations

This time of the year is the beginning of the transition from winter to spring.  There's lots of activity starting up in the woods, but there's still cold weather and snow.  Naturalist Chel Anderson shares some of her recent observations in this edition of North Woods Naturalist.  

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Purple Finch.  Photo by Dennis Chick.

North Woods Naturalist: Bird survival skills

How do birds survive the northern winters?

WTIP's CJ Heithoff learns about the survival skills of birds from naturalist Chel Anderson in this edition of North Woods Naturalist.

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Snow flea. Photo by Don Henise on Flickr via Creative Commons, creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.

North Woods Naturalist: Snow fleas

WTIP's CJ Heithoff talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about Springtails, also known as snow fleas, in this edition of North Woods Naturalist.

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Photo by Eli Sagor via Flickr and Creative Commons (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/)

North Woods Naturalist: Subnivean Microbes

It's a whole different world underneath our snowpack.

WTIP's CJ Hiethoff talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about subnivean microbes 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: Cold weather courting and snow depth

What do cold weather courting and snow depth have in common?  Great Horned Owls have to carefully manage both of those things this time of year.  WTIP's CJ Heithoff talks with naturalist Chel Anderson to find out more in this edition of North Woods Naturalist.

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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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