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Lisa Allmendinger on May 24th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) There is something about snakes that strikes fear into the hearts of many while fascinating others. My youngest daughter thinks snakes are disgusting because they don’t have legs.  “Animals should have legs,” she [...]

Continue reading about Michigan’s Legless Ones

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this story.) The Marsh Marigold is not a marigold at all, but a member of the buttercup family.  It is found in many area marshes, hardwood swamps and along wooded streams.  It is now in [...]

Continue reading about Marsh Marigold an Eye-popping Wetland Wildflower (with photo gallery)

Lisa Allmendinger on May 10th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson, the Waterloo Natural History Association and David Kenyon, DNR photographer for the information and photos in this column.) This Sunday may be the day we honor our Mothers, but it also marks the peak of the morel mushroom season in much of Michigan. Many choose to travel [...]

Continue reading about On Mother’s Day think morels

Lisa Allmendinger on May 6th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the photo and information in this story. Nature Flash is a new column on Chelsea Update that will appear periodically during the week when there’s something cool happening now to be on the lookout for in nature.) American toads (often [...]

Continue reading about Nature Flash: Listen to American Toads singing

Lisa Allmendinger on May 3rd, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) While driving by the largely leafless woodlands this time of year, one may occasionally see a splash of white blossoms.  They are born by a small shrubby tree that goes by many names [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 26th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) The Chelsea area is well known as a go-to place to see sandhill cranes, but there are some other long-legged wading birds that also frequent area lakes and wetlands.  Five members of the [...]

Continue reading about Watch for these long-legged waders in area wetlands

Lisa Allmendinger on April 19th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) Many of us have cut “pussy willows” from marshes and wetlands and placed them in vases as the first flowers of spring. There is a particular willow Salix discolor, that is officially known [...]

Continue reading about Pussy Willows, Buds with a Purpose

Lisa Allmendinger on April 12th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photo in this column.) For those of us who are anxiously waiting for any sign of spring, this early butterfly may be the answer. The mourning cloak can even be seen flying about on warmish, sunny days [...]

Continue reading about Mourning Cloak, The First Butterfly of Spring

(Chelsea Update would like to welcome back and thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) The long winter season is finally drawing to a close and signs of spring are popping.  To help everyone enjoy the spring season and the wildflowers it brings, the Waterloo [...]

Continue reading about Tom Hodgson: new publication helps folks find and enjoy local wildflowers

Lisa Allmendinger on December 28th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this story.) Although last year was a notable exception, recent winters in Michigan have been gradually warming as the climate continues to change. Some birds like the Bohemian waxwing and the evening grosbeak once seen [...]

Continue reading about Meet Two Recent Invaders from the South