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Lisa Allmendinger on February 7th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) Every year, the town of Hinckley, Ohio celebrates the return of the “Buzzards.” Everyone has to have something to celebrate, right? True buzzards are actually old world birds. What Hinckley is actually celebrating […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 6th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jennifer Fairfield, owner of the Garden Mill, for the information in this column.) This winter has definitely been better than the last two, in terms of temperature and snowfall amounts. Yes, we got a little cold snap in January, but that’s OK. We need a little of that really […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 31st, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) Winter has finally arrived. Those who have been waiting for safe ice for fishing and skating will soon be able to rejoice. This is also a good time to explore some area wetlands. […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 20th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information in this story.) This mild winter is definitely affecting local wildlife numbers and activities. Many species that normally migrate south for the winter are still around enjoying the open waters and warm temperatures. Winter is normally a season […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 5th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jennifer Fairfield, owner of The Garden Mill, for the information in this column. Part 1 ran yesterday.) Bulbs One good thing about the snow that we got is that, because the ground wasn’t frozen when it snowed, the snow acted like a blanket when the nighttime temperatures dropped into […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 4th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jennifer Fairfield, owner of The Garden Mill, for the information in this column.) Did our pre-Thanksgiving snowstorm take you by surprise? I know lots of people who have said they didn’t finish all their fall clean-up chores before the snow hit, and were worried they wouldn’t be able to […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 14th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jennifer Fairfield, owner of The Garden Mill, for the information in this column. Part one of this column ran yesterday.) Trees Also water your trees and shrubs until the ground freezes. The last two winters were absolutely brutal on them, and making sure they are sufficiently watered going into […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 25th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson for the information and photos in this column.) Just 13 miles west of Chelsea is Michigan Audubon’s largest preserve. The Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary covers just over 1,000 acres and includes forest, prairie and wetland habitats. In the October and November, it is visited by about a […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 21st, 2015

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 18th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photo gallery in this column.) Attention local leaf peepers. It’s now or next year. Our maximum color usually occurs between Oct.22-23. A color and crane viewing map is available at the Discovery Center that includes a recommended […]

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