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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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Lisa Allmendinger on September 28th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information in this story.) Evidence of the presence of the human species in our area dates back about 10,000 years. This roughly coincides with the end of the last Ice Age. Any evidence of human activity prior to that [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 21st, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and the photos in this column.) A little over a year ago, the Waterloo Natural History Association launched a fundraising campaign to replace the aging boardwalks on the Discovery Center trails. Thanks to a Yellow Door fundraiser, additional [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 14th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) Although I promised to write about some additional invasive species this week, I couldn’t ignore two native plants that have been extremely abundant this year. This summer, some may have noticed creeping vines [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 7th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tm Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) While driving area roads one can’t help but notice the profusion of roadside wildflowers currently in bloom. Blossoms of blue, yellow purple, white and pink make a drive through the country-side an enjoyable [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 17th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) This past winter was one that most of us would like to forget, but in one way it was not very different from others.  Save for the calling of blue jays and crows, [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 10th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this story.) In the 1960’s, early in my career as park interpreter (naturalist) for Waterloo Recreation Area, I was assigned the task of researching an old grist mill and pond along Trist Creek. The purpose [...]

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