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Lisa Allmendinger on April 9th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kathy Claflin for the information in this story.) Want to see frogs, salamanders and quivering masses of eggs from local ponds? Then plan to be at the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center on Saturday, April 12 from 8-9:30 p.m. You can also find out how you can recognize frogs [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on February 28th, 2014

Imagine sitting beside a quiet pond in the balmy spring air, listening to the frog and toad chorus. Now imagine yourself contributing to the understanding of Michigan’s frog and toad population as you listen. Though this winter may seem never-ending, spring will soon be here and volunteers are needed to assist with the Department of [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 19th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this story.) The tree squirrels with which we are most familiar are the large reddish-brown fox squirrel, the gray squirrel and the smaller red squirrel, all of which are active during the day the year [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 1st, 2013

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the photo and information in this story.) The giant Canada goose so familiar to anyone living on or using area lakes or golf courses was once a rare sight in Southern Lower Michigan. Its historical range included the northern parts [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 10th, 2013

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) In 2009, there was a great deal of excitement among area birders when a pair of bald eagles began building a nest in a large cottonwood in a remote area in Northeastern Jackson [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on June 30th, 2013

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information in this story.) Until 2004, there had not been a report of a wolverine in Michigan in more than 200 years — when a lone individual appeared in Huron County near Ubly. How it got there is anyone’s [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on June 16th, 2013

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the photos and the information in this column.) June is the month when Michigan’s giant silk moths are emerging from cocoons spun the previous summer. Unfortunately, because of their nocturnal habits, their bold colors and dramatic wing patterns are usually [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on June 2nd, 2013

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the photos and information in this story.) It’s that time of year again — turtle egg-laying season has begun, and for the next month there will be a parade of turtles crossing area roads on their way to favorite nesting [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 28th, 2013

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the photos and the information in this story.) The Great Blue Heron is the western hemisphere’s largest and most widespread member of the heron family.It can be found from Alaska to Central America. Great blues nest in colonies called heronries, [...]

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 21st, 2013

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the photos and information in this column. The “snipe hunt” is a trick played on novice campers who are sent out in the middle of the night with a pair of horseshoes and a burlap sack. They are told that [...]

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