North Woods Phenology

Series produced by WTIP

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

The features range from 5-10 minutes. We have chosen to share the features that have a wide appeal.


372 Pieces

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Summer is officially here and all the blooming plants prove it. But without pollinating insects, there wouldn’t be any blooming. Jay Andersen, with...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2010
  • Length: 06:45
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The sounds of summer include singing frogs out to attract mates. Unlike land roving spring frogs, summer varieties stay close to the water. Jay And...

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2010
  • Length: 04:07
  • Purchases: 1
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The summer sun brings out our garter snakes to bask -- and among other things they’ll be shedding their skins. Jay Andersen, with WTIP North Shore ...

  • Added: Jul 20, 2010
  • Length: 06:20
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Lake Superior is already warmer than usual for this time of year. As people migrate to the big lake for a stroll or picnic, there are plenty of uni...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2010
  • Length: 05:13
Caption: American Toad
Lots of warm summer days, plenty of moisture and cool breezes – it’s perfect weather for the youngsters to come out and play. Jay Andersen, with WT...

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  • Added: Aug 03, 2010
  • Length: 05:08
  • Purchases: 1
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Summer is taking on purples, golds and blues in the woods and along our roadsides. Jay Andersen, with WTIP North Shore Community Radio, talks with ...

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  • Added: Aug 17, 2010
  • Length: 06:05
  • Purchases: 1
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Early bird migrations have started, especially nighthawks. Jay Andersen, with WTIP North Shore Community Radio, talks with local phenologist Chel A...

  • Added: Aug 26, 2010
  • Length: 06:00
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In the early fall loons gather together in groups and begin to practice feeding habits they will share during migration. Jay Andersen, of WTIP Nort...

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  • Added: Aug 31, 2010
  • Length: 06:02
  • Purchases: 1
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The funnel-like corridor between Lake Superior and the ridge that parallels it is more important for fall songbird migration than first thought. Ja...

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  • Added: Sep 07, 2010
  • Length: 05:16
  • Purchases: 1
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As we move through autumn, mammals begin the process of storing up food for the long barren winter. Jay Andersen, with WTIP North Shore Community R...

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  • Added: Sep 14, 2010
  • Length: 04:57
  • Purchases: 2
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As winter approaches beavers get busy building and storing. Spiders in an attempt to distance themselves from all the young they’ve birthed, take t...

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  • Added: Sep 28, 2010
  • Length: 06:44
  • Purchases: 1
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With fall in the air, a moose’s thoughts turn to mating. Jay Andersen, with WTIP North Shore Community Radio, talks with local phenologist Chel And...

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  • Added: Oct 05, 2010
  • Length: 06:33
  • Purchases: 3
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Brook trout are a native Minnesota fish and are found particularly in the northeast. Jay Andersen, with WTIP North Shore Community Radio, talks wit...

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  • Added: Oct 12, 2010
  • Length: 06:35
  • Purchases: 1
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As humans are tightening up their homes for winter, animals in the woods are getting ready for snow as well. Jay Andersen, with WTIP North Shore Co...

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  • Added: Oct 25, 2010
  • Length: 06:38
  • Purchases: 1
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As the fall migration comes to a close, there are still some birds winging their way through the North Country. Jay Andersen, with WTIP North Shore...

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  • Added: Nov 08, 2010
  • Length: 05:47
  • Purchases: 1
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The big October windstorm blew down trees and brought an end to drought conditions along the North Shore. Jay Andersen, with WTIP North Shore Commu...

  • Added: Nov 08, 2010
  • Length: 07:02
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With temperatures dipping below freezing, reptiles and amphibians are using unique methods to survive the winter months. Jay Andersen, with WTIP No...

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  • Added: Nov 09, 2010
  • Length: 04:55
  • Purchases: 1
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Even though the pre-snow landscape looks pretty brown, some ancient plants remain green all year around. Jay Andersen, with WTIP North Shore Commu...

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  • Added: Dec 10, 2010
  • Length: 07:15
  • Purchases: 1
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There’s snow on the ground and it looks like it’ll stay. Ever wonder how it got here and why it looks like it does? Jay Andersen, with WTIP North S...

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  • Added: Dec 10, 2010
  • Length: 07:19
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Animal Tracks, Credit: Jomegat (on wikimedia)
Lots of snow means lots of interesting animal tracks in the woods. Jay Andersen, with WTIP North Shore Community Radio, talks with local phenologis...

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  • Added: Jan 11, 2011
  • Length: 07:01
  • Purchases: 1