• Climate Change Advocacy: The Challenge and Importance of Nonpartisanship

    by Betsy Rogers In today’s deeply divided political atmosphere, it is difficult – and yet ever more essential – for organizations focused on climate action to remain nonpartisan.   As individuals, we will not be – and need not be – nonpartisan. But climate-change organizations must be sure that our messages resonate across the political spectrum if we are to […]

  • 1.8 Million against Wolf Killing

    Almost two million Americans stated their opposition to the Trump administration’s proposal to strip endangered-species protections from gray wolves during a comment period that closed July 15. This is one of the largest numbers of comments ever submitted on a federal decision involving endangered species and reflects broad dissatisfaction with the administration’s politically driven move […]

  • Door to Nature: Fireweed Heals Burned Land

    One of my favorite wildflowers, the fireweed, will soon be blooming along roadsides and in open, fallow fields.  My late husband, Roy, and I used to enjoy vacations in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and one trip to Grand Marais was memorable. This small town on the south shore of Lake Superior has a park […]

  • Swimmer’s Itch Reported in Door County

    Mosquitos, ticks, poison ivy – oh, my! None of that sounds fun, but with the best parts of summer, you have to take some of the worst. You know what else doesn’t sound fun?  Parasites and swimmer’s itch. Parasites cause an itchy skin rash called swimmer’s itch, or cercarial dermatitis, which has been reported in […]

  • Friends Group Recognized for $33,000 in Contributions

    Representatives of Friends groups and other state-park partners were recognized at the May meeting of the state Natural Resources Board for the donations they’ve made to enhance Wisconsin state parks. Peninsula State Park superintendent Brian Markowski and David Lea represented the Friends of Peninsula State Park, which has contributed more than $33,000 for enhancements – […]

  • Door to Nature: Flying Tigers

    Yes, there are tigers in northeast Wisconsin. Some that hunt their prey by day, others by night. Their eyesight is excellent when they are not running too fast, and they use their amazing speed and fierce jaws to bring down their victims. Fortunately, these are not four-legged mammals, but rather, six-legged insects: tiger beetles. Delve […]

  • Lyme Disease on the Rise

    Lyme Disease is on the rise in Door County, according to data from the Door County Department of Health Services (DHS). Cases have more than doubled during the past 10 years. Lindsey Donohue, a supervising nurse at Door County Medical Center, said the hospital has been getting more calls for tick bites than ever before. […]

  • Ron Schweigert and Flying Tractor Farm

    When the White Gull Inn needed baby kale in November and December for its holiday dinners, owner Meredith Coulson-Kanter called Ron Schweigert of Flying Tractor Farm. And Schweigert delivered. “As a restaurant [owner], I want to use good-quality ingredients that are grown as responsibly as possible,” Coulson-Kanter said.“We definitely make menu decisions based on what […]

  • Program on Water Protection and Economics

    David Naftzger – an expert on the economy and how our water is affected by it – will present a program about water July 11, 5 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Refreshments will be provided. Naftzger is the executive director of the Chicago-headquartered Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers, which unites […]

  • Niagara Escarpment Lecture and Hike

    The Greater Escarpment Organization of Door County will host Charles Shabica for a lecture on “A Brief History of the Niagara Escarpment: The Last 450 Million Years” on July 17 at the NWTC Sister Bay campus. An educational hike at the Porte des Morts stairway will follow the lecture. The program is limited to 20 […]

  • Door to Nature: Carnivorous Plants

    Many of you have heard of the Venus flytrap, but there are some other insect-eating plants growing right here in Door County. We are fortunate to have The Ridges Sanctuary: a place where you can see some of these unusual carnivorous plants.   The most abundant is the northern pitcher plant. The hollow, water-holding, reddish-green leaves […]

  • A Legacy of Environmental Stewardship at The Clearing

    by Mike Schneider, Executive Director, The Clearing Jens Jensen, who founded The Clearing Folk School in 1935, may not have been familiar with the term “environmental stewardship,” but he certainly practiced it on these 128 acres, as well as in many other places, during his long career. Although best known for his ground-breaking, Prairie-style landscape-design […]

  • Door to Nature: Is That an Oriole or a Redstart?

    One of the most trusting and inquisitive songbirds that more people should come to know might rival even the American robin in numbers in our state. The male of this small, chickadee-sized bird has fooled many a novice birdwatcher into thinking they were seeing a miniature Baltimore oriole. Instead, they were seeing the American redstart. […]

  • Clean Boats Blitz July 3-7

    Department of Natural Resources staff, volunteers and regional Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) partners will be at boat launches statewide July 3-7 for the Clean Boats, Clean Waters Landing Blitz. This year, Wisconsin’s effort is part of a larger Great Lakes regional event taking place June 28 through July 7. “This is the first time that […]

  • Invasive Species Archive Updated

    Citizens who report wild chervil and other invasive species are contributing to a comprehensive database that’s helping to detect new invasive species so resources can be directed to control them quickly. The Invasive Species Archive uses new technology to combine data from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), federal agencies, university researchers and citizen scientists […]

  • Microbiologist Says Land Use is Greatest Factor in Well Contamination

    At a presentation at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor on June 19, Mark Borchardt talked about the historical and ongoing leaky landscape that leads to contaminated water supplies in Door and Kewaunee counties. Referring to a 1955 newspaper clipping about a contaminated well at the Ephraim Men’s Club, “People in Door County have been […]

  • Door to Nature: Thimbleberry Flowers and Fruit

    Many wild, white-flowered plants reach center stage during the last week of June in northeastern Wisconsin. The Canada anemone, Canada dogwood, highbush cranberry, oxeye daisy, red dogwood and thimbleberry are all decked out in their immaculate white. The species that we will keep clearly in mind throughout July, patiently waiting for its delectable fruit to […]

  • Celebrate National Pollinator Week

    National Pollinator Week June 17-23 is a great time to take a few steps that will make your yard a good home for the insects that are so vital to our food supply. “If you have even a tiny lot in the middle of the city, you can help,” says Brian Kuhn, director of the […]

  • Learn about Lake Sturgeon Recovery Efforts

    Have you ever wondered how many sturgeon are in Sturgeon Bay, Green Bay or Lake Michigan? Learn how these prehistoric relics are being restored in Lake Michigan when Rob Elliott, a fish biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, presents “All About Lake Sturgeon: Recovery Efforts in Green Bay and the Great Lakes” on […]

  • Land Trust Protects Headwaters, Springs within Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp

    The Door County Land Trust has announced a newly protected property containing wetlands, springs and streams within the Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp State Natural Area. The 80-acre property is the second in the area to be protected this year and brings the total protection of these headwaters and springs to 277 acres. These lands are a core […]