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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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(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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 21st, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this story.) It’s always fun to see those “sometimes” feeder birds that only come by every two or three years, or the truly rare ones that only appear every 10 years or so. But the [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 7th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) One of the chief pleasures of winter in Michigan is to be inside a warm house and look out at the wild birds at the feeder. You can feel generous and virtuous while [...]

Continue reading about Preparing a banquet for our feathered friends

Lisa Allmendinger on November 30th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) Every fall, birds from as far away as the Arctic Circle move south to escape the brutal northern winters.  They begin arriving in our area in October and remain until spring. Some come [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 16th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photo in this column.) The Waterloo Natural History Association is producing a new audio-visual program for the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center. The program will tell the park story including its history and the recreational opportunities currently [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 9th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the photo and information in this column.) As odd as this may sound, deer are greenhouse gas factories. Here’s why. Deer and all domestic cattle are ruminants. They all have four chambered stomachs designed for digesting food high in cellulose. [...]

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