Category: Nature

  • Volunteer for Crossroads Ecological-Restoration Project

    Crossroads at Big Creek (, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, is looking for volunteers to work on an ecological-restoration project Sept. 5, 10 am. Social distancing will be observed, and volunteers are asked to supply their own water, sunscreen and boots. All other equipment and instruction will be provided. Meet at the workshop, 2041 […]

  • It’s a Great Time for a Hike at The Ridges

    Join a Ridges Sanctuary naturalist for a relaxing, informative, guided hike through the sanctuary Sept. 4-11, 10 am. The walk includes the Upper Range Light lantern room and historical cabins.  Ridges naturalists will also lead a Solitude Swale guided hike Sept. 8, 1 pm; and a Rustic Trails guided hike Sept. 10, 1 pm. These […]

  • The Power of Sunflowers

    There’s a new patch of sunshine in Egg Harbor this summer that’s been eliciting smiles from all who visit. Do a quick search on Instagram, and you’ll easily discover many smiling faces in a sunflower field in Egg Harbor.  Kaaren Northrop, owner of Main Street Market in Egg Harbor, has been watching the field of […]

  • Door to Nature: Baneful Plants

    These doll’s eyes are looking at you I’ve led mushroom hikes in Door County for nearly 45 years, and people often ask whether a particular mushroom that we find is edible. The answer is always to learn the identity of the mushroom and study what the field guides say about eating it. The same applies […]

  • Wild Things: Hunters, Anglers Praised for Conservation Efforts

    It’s not every day that a top official from the Trump administration is in Green Bay to make a major conservation announcement, but that was the case Friday when U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt delivered remarks and took questions from the press at Smokey’s on the Bay tackle shop near the Green Bay […]

  • POLLENPOLOOZA, Nature by Appointment, Volunteering Opportunities at Crossroads

    POLLENPOLOOZA at the Crossroads at Big Creek ( on Aug. 29, 1-3 pm, will be the culmination of a week of education about and appreciation of pollinators. Wild Ones of the Door Peninsula, the Beekeepers of Door County, Victory Garden volunteers and Friends of Crossroads are collaborating to offer this free educational program to the […]

  • Plenty of Outdoor Activities at The Ridges Sanctuary

    Join a Ridges naturalist for a relaxing, informative walk through the Ridges Sanctuary Tuesdays – Fridays, 10 am. Hikes include seeing the Upper Range Light lantern room and historical cabins. The walks are appropriate for all ages, limited to six participants and require advance  registration. The cost is $5 per member, $8 for the public, […]

  • Pollinator Week, Pollenpoluza at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek (2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, has declared the week of Aug. 23-29 to be Crossroads Pollinator Week. Socially distanced, outdoor activities and educational outreach will focus on wild and domestic bees, butterflies and other pollinators.  The week will culminate with POLLENPOLUZA, an Aug. 29 afternoon event featuring monarch tagging, […]

  • Explore Nature – Day and Night – at The Ridges

    Join a Ridges Sanctuary naturalist for a relaxing, informative, two-hour walk through the sanctuary during one of its guided hikes, Tuesday through Friday, 10 am. The hikes are appropriate for all ages and include the Upper Range Light lantern room and historic cabins. Meet at the Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center, 8166 Hwy 57 in Baileys […]

  • Look Skyward This Month

    The Perseid meteor showers are upon us. The celestial event features an abundance of very fast, very bright, sometimes fireball-like meteors that streak through the nighttime sky at 37 miles per second from mid-July through August. The Perseids are the most plentiful of the year’s meteor showers, according to NASA, with peak counts of up […]

  • Door to Nature: Hairy Cats

    People enjoying the outdoors, and especially gardeners, may notice a number of hairy cats on the move these days – but many are not hairy, and none are cats. What I’m referring to are caterpillars. The word comes from the Old North French word “catepelose,” meaning “hairy cat.” When we had a large vegetable garden, the […]

  • Wild Things: Bonus Deer, Turkey Permits Go on Sale Soon

    Hunters hoping for a bonus wild turkey tag or an antlerless deer permit for an up-north getaway had better stay vigilant during the coming days. Only 2,000 bonus turkey permits are available for Zone 2, which includes Door and Kewaunee counties. They’ll go on sale Saturday at 10 am at a cost of $10 per […]

  • Ecological Restoration Project at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek (, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, will continue its Nature by Appointment program Aug. 14, 15, 19 and 20, with time slots at 9, 10 and 11 am; and 5, 6 and 7 pm. Safer at Home units, individuals, or small groups of friends – wearing face masks and practicing […]

  • Hike Offerings at The Ridges Sanctuary

    The Ridges Sanctuary ( is offering several hike options.  Join a Ridges naturalist for an informative, relaxing walk through the sanctuary Tuesday – Friday, 10 am. The hike includes the Upper Range Light lantern room and historical cabins.  Explore The Ridges during a night hike on the boardwalk Aug. 14 and Aug. 21, 8-9:30 pm. […]

  • Run Wild 2020 Goes Virtual

    The Friends of Potawatomi State Park’s Run Wild 2020 ( – the 32nd year running – will go virtual this year, Sept. 10 – Oct. 10. Participants may complete the run/walk anywhere, but they’re encouraged to complete it at Potawatomi State Park, where the course’s start and finish lines and mile markers will be marked. The options […]

  • Explore The Ridges Sanctuary by Day and Night

    Join a Ridges naturalist at The Ridges Sanctuary for a relaxing, informative, guided hike Tuesdays – Fridays, 10 am. It includes the Upper Range Light lantern room and historical cabins and is appropriate for all ages. Groups are limited to six. Meet at the Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center, 8166 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor. The […]

  • Fundraising Day for Open Door Bird Sanctuary at Wisconsin Cheese Masters

    Wisconsin Cheese Masters and Open Door Bird Sanctuary (ODBS) are partners in an ODBS and You fundraising day Aug. 9, 10 am – 3 pm, when ODBS will receive a portion of cheese sales. Stop by Wisconsin Cheese Masters, 4692 Rainbow Ridge in Egg Harbor, to meet some of the sanctuary’s raptor residents. ODBS’s goal […]

  • Perseid Viewing Nights at Crossroads’ Astronomy Campus

    Crossroads at Big Creek is continuing its Nature by Appointment program Tuesdays – Saturdays, with appointments available at 9, 10 and 11 am. Safer-at-home units, individuals and small groups of friends may participate in a 45-minute, private outdoor nature program with a naturalist. Masks and social distancing are required.  A new tour of the bird […]

  • Door to Nature: The Flashy Red-headed Woodpecker

    I’ve noticed reports of more red-headed woodpeckers being seen this year in Door County, and that makes me happy. This flashy bird – with its entirely red head extending down its neck, forming a cape – has suffered serious habitat loss during the last 50 years. My friend Deb has a pair that spent the entire […]

  • Wild Things: Whale of a Fishing Tale: Bortolini Tops Salmon Tournament Field

    Angelo Bortolini might want to get his son, Scott, an extra Christmas present this year. Scott introduced his father to Harold Shaw, a fellow teetotaler, about a decade ago. Fast forward to Tuesday morning, July 21, when the 77-year-old Bortolini and his 74-year-old friend – who owns the boat they were on four miles east […]