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Lisa Allmendinger on December 21st, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this story.) It’s always fun to see those “sometimes” feeder birds that only come by every two or three years, or the truly rare ones that only appear every 10 years or so. But the [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 7th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) One of the chief pleasures of winter in Michigan is to be inside a warm house and look out at the wild birds at the feeder. You can feel generous and virtuous while [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 30th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) Every fall, birds from as far away as the Arctic Circle move south to escape the brutal northern winters.  They begin arriving in our area in October and remain until spring. Some come [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 16th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photo in this column.) The Waterloo Natural History Association is producing a new audio-visual program for the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center. The program will tell the park story including its history and the recreational opportunities currently [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 9th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the photo and information in this column.) As odd as this may sound, deer are greenhouse gas factories. Here’s why. Deer and all domestic cattle are ruminants. They all have four chambered stomachs designed for digesting food high in cellulose. [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 2nd, 2014

  (Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column. This is the second part of a series of columns on deer. For part 1, click here.) A luxury car usually comes with a lot of bells and whistles that provide many [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 26th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the photos and information in this story.) Yes, it’s time to think about deer. Of course, those who have had to deal with them eating their vegetable gardens, hostas and other landscape plants have been well aware of their presence [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 19th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) Local fall color is at its peak now and should stay at maximum through Wednesday barring heavy rains or high winds.  So, this is the last chance to enjoy the leaves in all [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 12th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) The sandhill crane stands 4-feet tall with a 6-and-a-half-foot wingspan.  Its booming calls can be heard from a mile or more away.  If that is not impressive enough, the sandhill crane is also [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 5th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this story.) Change in the length of day is the switch that turns on the fall colors every year, but other factors determine whether the colors will be fantastic or just so, so. Chlorophyll is [...]

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