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Birds, Planting Natives, Ski for Free at Crossroads

Wild Ones of Door County will host the lecture “Why Plant Natives?” – presented by Coggin Herringa, Wild Ones vice president – on Feb. 13, 7 pm. She’ll explain the ecological benefits of a native landscape.

Feel the love at Crossroads on Feb. 14 with a lecture and hike at 3 pm to learn some of the charming (and not-so-charming) ways in which birds form pair bonds during “The Real Love Birds.” At 4 pm on Feb. 14, head outdoors for “Listening for Chickadees”: Join the naturalist to listen for the first sign of mating season. The two-note courtship call of black-capped chickadees gives us hope for spring. Meet at the Collins Learning Center.

Trail conditions permitting, Ski for Free will continue Feb. 15, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm; and Feb. 16, 1-3:30 pm. Crossroads and Door County Silent Sports lend, free of charge, an array of ski and snowshoe equipment in sizes to fit age three through large adults. Go to the Crossroads maintenance building, where volunteers will fit you with equipment. Check crossroadsatbigcreek.org for current trail conditions.

The Collins Learning Center, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, is open weekdays, 10 am – 4 pm; weekends, 1-4 pm; and during scheduled activities. If Sturgeon Bay Schools close, the Collins Learning Center will close, and activities will be canceled.

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