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Getting outside in Door County is a must! While you can always explore a trail or lake shore on your own, the calendar is dotted with guided hikes, wildlife tours, bird watching treks, and cross-country skiing meetups. Find a group bicycle ride, a naturalist session, or paddleboard tour and explore Door County’s natural wonders.

  • Wild Ones: With Holiday Decorations, Buy Local, Be Responsible

    When it comes to holiday evergreens, buy local! Yes, it’s good to support our neighbors, but perhaps even more importantly, it’s crucial to protect our local forests. We must do everything we can to prevent the introduction of nonnative invasives. Understand that I have the utmost respect for human immigrants, and I reverently hope that […]

  • WILD THINGS: Door, Kewaunee County Report 6,300-Plus Whitetails

    If you haven’t had to hit the brakes lately while driving at night in deer country, you might want to thank a hunter. As of Dec. 13, Door and Kewaunee County bow, crossbow and gun deer hunters had combined to trim more than 6,300 whitetails from the landscape. That means fewer run-ins with vehicles and […]

  • Door to Nature: The Holly and Mistletoe Season

    Now is the time for Christmas decorations and traditions. Holiday songs express the joys of seeing holly berries and their dark-green leaves, and kissing under the mistletoe.  The popularity of these two plants goes way back to olden days in northern Europe. The green leaves and red berries of holly offered a reminder of living […]

  • Ice Rink Input Session Dec. 22

    Planning continues for revamped Sister Bay facility Plans are underway for a new community centerpiece at the Teresa K. Hilander Ice Rink in Sister Bay, so the Friends of the Teresa K. Hilander Ice Rink organization is seeking ideas from the community during a public-input session at the rink on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 6 pm.  […]

  • Start Your New Year at Whitefish Dunes

    The Friends of Whitefish Dunes State Park organization is sponsoring a New Year’s Day activity Jan. 1, 9:30 am – 12 pm, to enjoy hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. After you’ve tackled the trails, meet outside the picnic shelter around a roaring fire and warm up with some hot chocolate or hot cider.  This is […]

  • Celebrate the Season at Crossroads

    December is a great time to be at Crossroads at Big Creek.  On Dec. 17, 10-11 am, the Junior Nature Club – a program intended for preschool children and their companions – will take a snowy hike to the cedar forest to look for animal tracks. Meet on the porch of the Collins Learning Center. Saturday Science […]

  • IMPERILED SHORES: Wisconsin State Parks Battered as Lake Shrinks Beaches

    By Mario Koran, Wisconsin Watch/WPR Lake Michigan’s winds and waves have sculpted the landscape of Whitefish Dunes State Park. Water delivers fine sand to a shoreline that supports threatened plants like the dune thistle. Wind stacks that sand into the mighty dunes that inspired the park’s name.  Summer visitors splash on its beach or hike […]

  • WILD THINGS: One Cold Night Not Enough to Kick Off Ice Fishing

    The first single-digit temperatures of the season Tuesday put a thin skin of ice on some area fishing holes, but it’s nowhere near safe yet. It’s a different story in the far northern reaches of the state, where anglers have been able to walk on protected bays the past two weeks. High temperatures in the […]

  • Meadow Restoration Program at Crossroads

    Wild Ones will host the lecture “Restoring /Diversifying Door County Meadows” on Dec. 11, 2 pm. Speakers Nancy Aten, landscape architect, and Dan Collins, program manager and restoration consultant from Landscapes of Place LLC, will discuss the restoration project at Crossroads, specifically how plant choices are made, and then discuss meadow projects in general. You […]

  • Meteor Shower Viewing Dec. 13

    The Dec. 4 Door Peninsula Astronomical Society viewing night has been rescheduled to Dec. 13, 6 pm, to coincide with the Geminid Meteor shower. The public is welcome to bring a chair and blankets to watch the sky. On Dec. 14, 7 pm, DPAS hosts its monthly meeting, with Dr. John J. Beck presenting on […]

  • Car Crashes through Empty Family Video Building in Sturgeon Bay

    Following Tuesday evening’s dusting of snow, a 29-year-old man from a foreign country who had never driven in snow before got his first introduction. He was driving on Egg Harbor Road in Sturgeon Bay when he went careening over a snowy curb and down the sloping parking lot of the empty Family Video store next […]

  • Door to Nature: Seagulls Are Really Shore Gulls

    All summer, we see two regular species of gulls: the herring gull and the slightly smaller ring-billed gull. Occasionally a few Bonaparte’s gulls are seen, too, because as a mainly migrant species, a few immature birds may hang around Lake Michigan’s shoreline. Greater and lesser black-backed gulls also make an occasional appearance. This column will […]

  • Wild Ones: Editing a Meadow

    Old fields, derelict orchards, abandoned pastures. So many properties in Door County are no longer used for growing food, but fortunately for all of us, many landowners have opted to forgo extensive turf-grass plantings and have instead let their land go a bit wild. We tend to believe that before European settlement, Door County was […]

  • WILD THINGS: Crossbows May Be Steering Big Drop in Gun Deer Harvest

    The rise in the popularity of crossbows looks to be driving a big decline in recent gun deer harvests, including a 7.9% drop in the nine-day season statewide this year. Preliminary figures showed 84,952 bucks and 90,715 antlerless, for a total of 175,667.  Locally, Door’s buck kill of 1,045 was up 11.8% over 2020, but […]

  • Two of Six Gun Deer Hunt Accidents in Door County This Year

    Wisconsin’s gun deer hunt season concluded with Door County the site of two of the six gun-related accidents that took place across the state between Nov. 20 and 28.  The first of those local accidents happened on private land when a 40-year-old male placed his hand on the muzzle of his rifle after he had […]

  • State Parks Take Camping Reservations Online

    The temperature may be dropping, but that doesn’t mean the end of camping for those who are looking for a winter adventure: The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is making year-round camping reservations available at more than 20 state parks and forests.  Visitors can now plan ahead and have peace of mind before hitting the […]

  • Hilander Ice Rink Preparing for Season

    Broomball teams wanted The temperature has dropped, and the snow has started falling, which means it’s time to start thinking about lacing up your skates and broomball shoes. Staff members at the Teresa K. Hilander Community Ice Rink in Sister Bay hope to be open as soon as it’s cold enough to make ice. The […]

  • Lights, Decorations Abound in Sturgeon Bay

    Holiday lights are twinkling throughout Sturgeon Bay since the annual Christmas by the Bay holiday parade helped to kick off the city’s celebrations Nov. 20 with a total of 27 festive float entries. The award for the Best Nonprofit Entry went to Sunrise Elementary School; DC Automotive earned the Best Business Entry; and the Jingle […]

  • Start Your December at Crossroads at Big Creek

    Join in the learning and fun at Crossroads at Big Creek this weekend. The Junior Nature Club will meet Dec. 3, 10 am, to explore the solar system during a planet walk that’s free and open to the public. Meet on the porch of the Collins Learning Center. Space exploration will continue Dec. 4, 2 […]

  • Cherry Drop Is Back for New Year’s Eve

    Sister Bay hosts activities to ring in 2022 The giant cherry is bouncing back to Sister Bay for New Year’s Eve, when the Cherry Drop, presented by FM 106.9 The Lodge, returns to Husby’s Garage Bar as the clock runs down on 2021.  The six-foot-wide, 300-pound cherry – made of lights, no less – will be […]