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Lisa Allmendinger on August 16th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information in this column.) Before the settlers arrived in the Chelsea area, most of the local upland terrain was covered with hardwood forest, prime habitat for what is now North America’s largest woodpecker. This crow-sized bird with its flaming […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 9th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this story.) Summer is the time when all manner of critters are active in the Waterloo Recreation Area and the Discovery Center has some of the most interesting on display for all to see, including […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 2nd, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this story.) Thanks to the glacier that melted away over 10,000 years ago, the Chelsea Area is blessed with many kettle lakes both large and small. Each was formed by an isolated ice block that […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 30th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information in this story.) After my recent article on great egrets it’s only fitting that local sightings are picking up, especially at the Haehnle Sanctuary. The Portage River has flooded periodically this summer due to frequent rains. Now the […]

Continue reading about Nature News Flash: Herons and Egrets congregate at Haehnle Sanctuary

Lisa Allmendinger on July 26th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) Back in February when we were still shoveling and shivering, the great egret was already in the thick of its breeding season … in Florida. Although its white feathers would be a perfect […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 19th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this story.) Now blooming along roadsides and moist ditches is a native member of the mint family that can give us pleasure long after the blooms have faded.  Wild bergamot also called bee balm is […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 12th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) There are at least six species of milkweed native to Michigan. The three most common and conspicuous are common milkweed, swamp milkweed and butterfly weed, all of which are found in nearby Waterloo […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on June 28th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and the photos in this column.) After snakes, perhaps spiders strike fear into the hearts of men (and women) more than any other land creature.  However, there is one that all can enjoy without fear, because it is […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on June 21st, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) The most successful bird watchers know that it is just as important to know birds by sound as by sight as many birds are often heard before they are seen. Such is the […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on June 14th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) Once again it was time for me to pay homage to the showy lady’s slipper, one of Michigan’s most beautiful and impressive wildflowers. It is fitting that the scientific species name for the […]

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