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Lisa Allmendinger on April 13th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Katie Keen and Holly Vaughn for the information in this story.) With the arrival of spring, wild animals are giving birth and hatching the next generation of Michigan’s wildlife. Baby red foxes appeared in dens during the last days of March and the first days of April. Young great-horned […]

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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 […]

Continue reading about Mourning Cloak, The First Butterfly of Spring

Lisa Allmendinger on April 5th, 2015

(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 February 20th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Dennis Rice for the information in this story.) Homeowners can reduce their heating costs by planting tree and shrub windbreaks. Windbreaks provide protection for up to 10 times their height by reducing wind speeds that cool your home, causing your furnace to run longer and burn more fuel to […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 2nd, 2014

  (Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column. This is the second part of a series of columns on deer. For part 1, click here.) A luxury car usually comes with a lot of bells and whistles that provide many […]

Continue reading about White tail Deer: Designed for Survival

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 […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 22nd, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Ross Richardson for the photo gallery below taken during a recent walk in the woods.)

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Lisa Allmendinger on June 8th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank the Michigan Radio, 91.7, website for the information and quote in this article) By Elizabeth Richardson Photos by Ross Richardson Beavers are back in southeast Michigan. It’s been about 150 years since they have been seen in the Detroit Rivers. Their presence helped the Great Lakes region grow and […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 25th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) The fen at Park Lyndon, the Nan Weston Preserve and the Waterloo and Pinckney Recreation Areas all provide important wetland habitats for three native turtles with declining populations. Michigan once boasted 11 million […]

Continue reading about Local natural areas havens for vanishing reptiles

Lisa Allmendinger on May 18th, 2014

  (Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) Although few birds can match the rainbow colors of the tropical warblers that are still migrating through our area, there are three local nesters that sport some pretty impressive pigments. Perhaps the […]

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