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Lisa Allmendinger on May 8th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this story.) They are coming by the thousands. They fly at night, navigating by starlight and the earth’s magnetic field. Many have traveled from as far away as Central and South America. They are dropping […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 1st, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) Each species of songbird has its own unique song that can be recognized by others of its kind. This enables individuals of the species to find each other amid the cacophony of sounds […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 24th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) Thanks to the foresight of Michigan Nature Conservancy and the generosity of the family of Nan Weston, residents of the Chelsea/Dexter/Manchester area have access to one of the premier wildflower woodlands in Southern […]

Continue reading about Chelsea’s Best Kept Wildflower Secret (with slideshow)

Lisa Allmendinger on April 20th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kathy Claflin and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information in this story.) Everyone is invited to lean about “Strange Creatures of the Spring Pond” on Sunday, April 24 from 2-3 p.m. Naturalist Tom Hodgson will introduce you to many fascinating and little-known creatures – from delicate damselflies […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 17th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) It’s been a crazy spring so far.  After an incredibly warm winter, we may have expected an early spring, but this has not been the case. Some frogs started singing in late March […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 10th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) Thanks to our mild winter, many cranes never bothered to leave for the warm, sunny south. Because of this and the warming climate that has been occurring over the past several years, cranes […]

Continue reading about Sandhill Crane Breeding Season Underway (with slideshow)

Lisa Allmendinger on April 3rd, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Area Historical Society for the information and photos in this column.) For the past several weeks one of Michigan’s most interesting and unusual birds has been slipping into our area under the cover of darkness. The American woodcock also known as the “timber doodle” […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on March 27th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this story.) Most people have never seen the spotted turtle, Michigan’s rarest. It only survives in isolated populations in a few places in the state. One of those places is located in the Waterloo Recreation […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on March 20th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) Those of us who have been feeding the birds this winter are probably used to seeing the same species over and over. But as spring nears, birds that have wintered further south are […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on March 13th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) As the ice disappears on local lakes, waterfowl that spent the winter months in warmer climates are making their annual appearance. Over 20 species will be seen on area lakes in March and […]

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