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Lisa Allmendinger on July 27th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) Over 300 bird species visit or reside in Michigan every year, but none are more interesting or unique than the diminutive ruby-throated hummingbird. This, the smallest bird nesting east of the Rocky Mountains, [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 20th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) Take the time to canoe, kayak or fish in the shallows of area lakes that still have some natural shoreline, and you will be rewarded with some of nature’s most beautiful and interesting [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 6th, 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 third and last part of the series. Part I can be found here and Part II can be found here.) As we continue our journey through Waterloo’s past, it’s important [...]

Continue reading about Waterloo: Tales from the past, part III

Lisa Allmendinger on June 29th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information in this column) A change in the making … At the turn of the last century Waterloo began attracting vacationers. General storekeeper Lynn Gorton advertised the resort advantages of Waterloo, as well as the benefit of shopping at [...]

Continue reading about Waterloo: Tales from the Past, part II

Lisa Allmendinger on June 22nd, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the photos and information in this column.) The topography of the Waterloo Area and surroundings was formed by the convergence of three large lobes of the last glacier some 10,000 years ago. One lobe approached from east (the Erie lobe) [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on June 15th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Area Historical Association for the information in this story.) The first settlers to arrive in the Chelsea area found it to be a very different place than we see today. Water levels were 4-6 feet higher and so much of the area was covered [...]

Continue reading about Portage River reverting to a wild state

Lisa Allmendinger on May 30th, 2014

Join Tom Hodgson on Sunday, June 8, from 2-3 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Road to learn about turtles. Hodgson will introduce you to Michigan’s turtles with several live specimens for you to observe along with some turtle eggs. Learn about turtle biology and life cycles as well as what to do when [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 25th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) The fen at Park Lyndon, the Nan Weston Preserve and the Waterloo and Pinckney Recreation Areas all provide important wetland habitats for three native turtles with declining populations. Michigan once boasted 11 million [...]

Continue reading about Local natural areas havens for vanishing reptiles

Lisa Allmendinger on May 18th, 2014

  (Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) Although few birds can match the rainbow colors of the tropical warblers that are still migrating through our area, there are three local nesters that sport some pretty impressive pigments. Perhaps the [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 4th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) They are coming by the thousands. They fly at night, navigating by starlight and the earth’s magnetic field, and many have travelled from as far away as Central and South America. They are [...]

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