Southwest Michigan Wildlife columnist for The Herald-Palladium


A blue-spotted salamander is seen July 28 in Baroda Township on Singer Lake Road.

A blue-spotted salamander was found on July 28 in Baroda Township by Peg Pinkowski on Singer Lake Road.

It appears that this particular salamander is missing the tip of its tail. Salamanders can regenerate missing tissue, but it may take at least 50 days.

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An adult male ruby-throated hummingbird is seen Aug. 1 in Coloma Township.

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Cardinal flowers at Grand Mere State Park attract many hummingbirds this time of year.


A wild turkey hen and young are seen Aug. 3 at a feeder in Oronoko Township.

Jonathan Wuepper is an area naturalist. Report your sightings to him at