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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 [...]

Continue reading about Those Who Were There

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 [...]

Continue reading about 2 down and 1 to go: Waterloo Rec area boardwalk replacement almost complete

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 [...]

Continue reading about It’s a ‘Wild’ Cucumber Year

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 [...]

Continue reading about Alien invaders are upon us

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, [...]

Continue reading about Summer’s Last Nester the American Goldfinch

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 [...]

Continue reading about A History of Trist: A Little Town That Is No More

Lisa Allmendinger on August 3rd, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the photos and information in this column.) There are only about 150 people in the U.S. and Canada who are authorized to band hummingbirds.  Master bird bander Allen Chartier is just one of three licensed in Michigan. The Federal Bird [...]

Continue reading about Local Banding Program Uncovers Hummingbird Secrets

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, [...]

Continue reading about The High Energy Hummer, a Backyard Delight

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 [...]

Continue reading about The Wild World of Water Lilies