Crossroads Hosts Christmas Bird Count Dec. 17

No matter how bleak a winter day may be, watching birds can lift the spirits. Crossroads at Big Creek is in the process of developing new bird feeding stations. The ones they have now are temporary as they experiment with placement and styles. But unless it’s windy, birds, in surprising numbers and variety, are coming to the new feeding areas around the Collins Learning Center. So, on Dec. 17, Crossroads is holding the Annual Christmas Bird Count.

In previous years, counters have been out in the preserve counting birds. This year, Crossroads will host a feeder count so participants will observe birds from the warmth of the learning center between 9 am and 4:30 pm. Bird enthusiasts and watchers are encouraged to drop in for a few minutes or to stay as long as they want. Those interested should meet in the entry level of the Collins Learning Center.

Crossroads will also screen Wisconsin Public Television’s Wisconsin Hometown Stories-Door County on Dec. 19 at 2 pm. This documentary has already aired several times on television, but it’s fun to see it on the big screen. The program is free and open to the public.

Crossroads at Big Creek, including the Big Creek, Cove and Ida Bay preserves, welcomes visitors of all ages to experience-based programs in science, history and the environment. The Collins Learning Center, located at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay, is open 2 – 4 pm daily and during scheduled activities. The trails of the three preserves are always open. For more information visit

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