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Nature Notebook

Spots of purple dot the edges of rivers, lakes, and ditches around southwest Michigan in the late summer. Many people enjoy the bright color of the purple loosestrife plant as they boat and hike around, but this plant is invasive and has been causing problems for native plants and animals since its arrival in 1850.

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The numerous, tiny piles of soil that indicate earthworm activity are beginning to appear in yards. The earthworm’s body is mostly water so how did it survive our bitterly cold winter?


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