Crossroads at Big Creek is in the middle of songbird migration, and many birds are flocking to the grounds of the Collins Learning Center to use the messy gardens for shelter and food.
Messy gardening is a thing. Rather than cleaning up the areas around the building in the fall, Crossroads intentionally lets the wildflowers and dormant grasses stay in place. The flowers of last summer now have formed seeds, so with the increasingly diverse Bird and Butterfly Garden, Crossroads provides a smorgasbord of seeds for migrating and wintering birds. Crossroads visitors are invited to watch the winter birds — goldfinches, siskins, redpolls and chickadees — balancing like acrobats and swaying in the wind as they determinedly extract seeds from the seedheads.
On Nov. 9, climate change is the focus of the Crossroads Friday Film at 1 pm. Time to Choose describes some climate change solutions. The film will be screened in the Collins Learning Center lecture hall.
The Nov. 10 family program, “Fossils of Door County,” is for learners of all ages. After hands-on activities in the lab, participants can participate in a fossil hunt. Each family will receive a fossil key to take home. Meet in the lab of the Collins Learning Center.
Then later that night, at 7:30 pm, the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society invites the community to a Viewing Night in the STARgarden. Members will be on hand to help visitors navigate the night sky.
Celebrate the Green Bay Packers Nov. 11 with a “Green and Gold Hike.” Join the naturalist at 1 pm for a ramble in search of the green and gold in the Big Creek Preserve. The hike features gentle walking and lasts about an hour. Meet at the Collins Learning Center.
Crossroads at Big Creek is a donor-supported center made up of three preserves. The Collins Learning Center, located at 2041 Michigan in Sturgeon Bay, is open 1–5 daily and during scheduled activities. All trails and restrooms are always open.