North Woods Phenology

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Phenologist Chel Anderson shares information and insights about the great outdoors in Northeastern Minnesota

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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 sti...

  • Added: Mar 11, 2020
  • Length: 05:44
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How do birds survive the northern winters? WTIP's CJ Heithoff learns about the survival skills of birds from naturalist Chel Anderson in this edit...

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  • Added: Feb 20, 2020
  • Length: 07:20
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WTIP's CJ Heithoff talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about Springtails, also known as snow fleas, in this edition of North Woods Phenology.

  • Added: Feb 11, 2020
  • Length: 06:06
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It's a whole different world underneath our snowpack. WTIP's CJ Hiethoff talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about subnivean microbes in this edit...

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  • Added: Feb 05, 2020
  • Length: 06:54
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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.

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  • Added: Jan 28, 2020
  • Length: 07:34
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Naturalist Chel Anderson reflects on the year that was and talks winter ephemera with WTIP's CJ Heithoff in this edition of North Woods Phenology.

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  • Added: Jan 16, 2020
  • Length: 06:13
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Did you know porcupines have around 30,000 quills?

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  • Added: Jan 07, 2020
  • Length: 08:48
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We've recently heard the question, where are the finches? WTIP's CJ Heithoff gets some possible answers from naturalist Chel Anderson in this edit...

  • Added: Jan 07, 2020
  • Length: 06:49
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There are a number of organisms that live inside or on trees, including algae, mosses, and lichens.

  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 11:00
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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 ...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 08:54
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Human tongues and bird tongues are vastly different. The difference is more pronounced still if you compare our tongue to a woodpecker tongue, tha...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 07:20
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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 h...

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2019
  • Length: 10:12
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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...

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2019
  • Length: 05:06
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WTIP's CJ Heithoff talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about the fall season so far, including what reasons may have contributed to the spectacular...

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  • Added: Nov 13, 2019
  • Length: 06:28
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WTIP's CJ Heithoff talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about the incredible migration journey that Monarchs go on every year in this edition of Nor...

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  • Added: Nov 13, 2019
  • Length: 09:59
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It's the fall color season along the North Shore! WTIP's CJ Heithoff talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about a particular tree that can stand ou...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2019
  • Length: 11:02
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If you've been outside at night with a light on recently, you've likely encountered gypsy moths. Did you know that these moths only live for about...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2019
  • Length: 11:13
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Honey mushrooms and other fungi have been found in abundance this year. WTIP's CJ Heithoff talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about the world of ...

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  • Added: Nov 13, 2019
  • Length: 08:41
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Monotropa uniflora, known to many as Indian Pipe or Ghost Plant is a perennial wildflower found throughout the United States. However, according t...

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  • Added: Nov 13, 2019
  • Length: 08:24
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Did you know that crows are incredibly intelligent birds? WTIP's CJ Heithoff talks all things crows with naturalist Chel Anderson in this edition ...

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  • Added: Nov 13, 2019
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