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Lisa Allmendinger on February 7th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) Every year, the town of Hinckley, Ohio celebrates the return of the “Buzzards.” Everyone has to have something to celebrate, right? True buzzards are actually old world birds. What Hinckley is actually celebrating […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 31st, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) Winter has finally arrived. Those who have been waiting for safe ice for fishing and skating will soon be able to rejoice. This is also a good time to explore some area wetlands. […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 20th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information in this story.) This mild winter is definitely affecting local wildlife numbers and activities. Many species that normally migrate south for the winter are still around enjoying the open waters and warm temperatures. Winter is normally a season […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 25th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson for the information and photos in this column.) Just 13 miles west of Chelsea is Michigan Audubon’s largest preserve. The Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary covers just over 1,000 acres and includes forest, prairie and wetland habitats. In the October and November, it is visited by about a […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 18th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photo gallery in this column.) Attention local leaf peepers. It’s now or next year. Our maximum color usually occurs between Oct.22-23. A color and crane viewing map is available at the Discovery Center that includes a recommended […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 11th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the photos and information in this column. Be sure to look at the slideshow at the end of the story.) In 1942, there were only 17 nesting pairs of sandhill cranes in Michigan. Nine of those were nesting in Jackson […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 27th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information in this story. Publisher’s note the information in the cutline of the closed or bottled gentian was incorrect and has been changed.) Hidden among the profusion of daisy-like fall asters are three truly beautiful and unique fall wildflowers. […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 13th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) The end of the summer usually marks the lowest water levels of the year in area lakes. Beaches and mud flats that were once submerged are now exposed. They are patrolled daily by […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 6th, 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 three members of the cat family that were once native to Michigan, the cougar, lynx and bobcat. Although several cougar sightings have been made in Northern Michigan, none have been officially […]

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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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