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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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Lisa Allmendinger on June 7th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the photos and the information in this column. Thank you also to the Michigan Nature Association for the photo of the Karner Blue Butterfly photo.) There are two blue flowers now in blossom that mark the transition between two wildflower […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on June 3rd, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the photos and information in this mid-week column.) Each year, the Waterloo Natural History Association seeks to complete a new project designed to enhance the programs and services provided by the Discovery Center. Projects completed in past years included the […]

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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 […]

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(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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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