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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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Lisa Allmendinger on May 4th, 2014

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

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 23rd, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kathy Claflin for the information in this story.) Nature Discovery will bring live reptiles and amphibians that live around us to the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center on Sunday, April 27 from 2-3 p.m. After a program about these fascinating creatures, you will have the opportunity to handle some [...]

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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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