In the predawn hours of Dec. 21, Wisconsin (and every place in the Northern Hemisphere) experienced the Winter Solstice. In astronomical terms, this means the Earth’s axis is tilting away from the Sun; days are shorter and the nights are very long. The Winter Solstice also means the start of the skiing and snowshoeing season at Crossroads. There may or may not be skiing/snowshoeing at Crossroads over the holiday. It will depend on the weather and the availability of volunteers. Check CrossroadsatBigCreek.org for trail conditions and hours of their ski loan program.
Another tradition at Crossroads is their “Greeting Card Birds” lecture on Dec. 24 at 10 am. Each year, Coggin Heeringa collects Christmas cards and sorts out the ones with pictures of birds on them, figures out the most popular and, on Christmas Eve, presents a lecture with the most prominent bird. The most popular birds are typically cardinals or chickadees. Oddly, this year hasn’t featured any birds so this year’s lecture is about cardinals and chickadees. And if there’s interest, other birds depicted on cards of Christmases past may be discussed. The program will last an hour and is free and open to the public.
Crossroads at Big Creek is a learning center made up of the Big Creek, The Cove, and the Ida Bay preserves. The Collins Learning Center, located at 2041 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay, is open 2-4 pm daily. Collins Learning Center will be closed Dec. 25. Trails will be open. For more information visit crossroadsatbigcreek.com.