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  • Backyard Birding Can Open Door to Wild Conversations

    One thing I’ve learned through the years is to not judge a book by its cover. Take hunters and wildlife watchers, for example. Nationwide, statewide and locally, nonhunters far outnumber hunters, but credible national surveys find the vast majority of nonhunters are supportive of regulated hunting. Fewer than one in five nonhunters, in fact, actually […]

  • All Invited to Join Groundhog Day Parade

    The eighth annual Ellison Bay Groundhog Day Parade will be held Feb. 2 at 4 pm. Everyone is invited to build a float, decorate a car or walk a dog for the parade. Participants should meet at Nicolet Bank at 3:15 pm. The parade route goes through Ellison Bay and ends at the Mink River […]

  • Ski for Free, Viewing Night, Cranberry Lecture at Crossroads

    Finally it looks and feels like winter at Crossroads at Big Creek. On Feb. 2, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, and Sunday, Feb. 3, 1-3:30 pm, if conditions permit, Crossroads will run the Ski for Free program. The Crossroads Ski for Free program lends, free of charge, an array of ski and snowshoe equipment in […]

  • Guided Hikes at The Ridges

    After The Ridges Sanctuary’s great waffle breakfast, burn off some calories by joining a Ridges naturalist for a guided hike on the Sanctuary trails to learn about the cultural and natural history of the ridges and swales. These hikes take place Fridays at 1 pm and Saturdays at 10 am and 1 pm through March […]

  • Fish Creek’s Wacky Winter Fest

    Event schedule for Feb. 1-3 Fish Creek Winter Festival will celebrate its 32nd year in 2019. As the town’s longest-standing tradition and Door County’s most famous winter event, it features live music, quirky games, delicious food, the Fruit Loop Fun Run, a fireworks display and two featured events: an entertaining stumpf fiddle contest and the […]

  • ‘Open Day’ at Bird Sanctuary

    Open Door Bird Sanctuary will open its doors – so to speak – on Feb. 2, 11 am – 2 pm, to host its first winter “open day.” Executive Director Rob Hults said, “Many of our visitors ask about using the property in winter, so we are really excited to give everyone this opportunity.” Stop by to […]

  • VIDEO: Winter Fest Boot Camp

    Some people take the oddball competitions of Fish Creek Winter Festival a little too seriously. We checked in on Matthew Marcon’s grueling preparation as he practiced for the games of the 32nd annual festival. The festival returns Feb. 1-3.

  • Winter Wine and Cherry Fest

    Discover the fun of winter at Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market on Feb. 2, 10 am – 4 pm. The annual Winter Wine and Cherry Fest will include complimentary wine and product tasting – featuring the popular, tart Montmorency cherry in celebration of National Cherry Month – plus an assortment of food and bakery […]

  • 2019 Fish Creek Winter Festival

    Fish Creek’s Winter Festival celebrates 32 years on Feb. 1, 2 and 3. With many eclectic, downright goofy activities and attractions, people can’t help but enjoy themselves. Winter Festival features live music, quirky games, delicious food, the wacky Fruit Loop Fun Run, an entertaining stumpf-fiddle contest, a fireworks display and a Smokin’ Hot Chili Cook-Off. […]

  • Get Outside at Crossroads

    Beat the chill of winter with these fun, family-friendly activities at Crossroads at Big Creek. On Jan. 25, 2pm, take a seat in the lecture hall of the Collins Learning Center for a free screening of Time to Choose. This positive documentary about climate change poses some solutions to consider. Get your blood pumping with […]

  • Hike at Heins Creek Nature Preserve

    Join the Door County Land Trust for a snowshoe, ski or hike adventure at Heins Creek Nature Preserve on Feb. 9, 1-3 pm. Explore this preserve’s wooded sand dunes and creek, and search for its winter inhabitants and animal tracks. The sand dunes were formed thousands of years ago after the glaciers melted and lake […]

  • Resources Board Takes Shot at Options for Crossbow Deer Season

    Popular state hunting message boards and Facebook pages are ablaze with debate this week after word spread that the crossbow deer-hunting season may be shortened. Never mind that the state’s Natural Resources Board (NRB) had only requested information on possible options to consider, should the DNR ever decide to pursue a rule change. With crossbow […]

  • Winter Programs at Crossroads

    Winter programming at Crossroads at Big Creek continues Jan. 18 with a showing of Geologic History of the Earth at 2 pm. This film condenses four and a half billion years of geologic history into an engaging documentary. Ski for Free Jan. 19, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm; and Jan. 20, 1 – 3:30 pm. […]

  • Candlelight Ski/Hike Feb. 2

    Peninsula State Park will host a candlelight ski/hike on Feb. 2, 5:30-8 pm. Skiers and hikers are invited to head out on a one-mile, candlelit trail. At the end of the trail, enjoy a bonfire with refreshments. Participants may take a small flashlight or headlamp. Pets are not allowed. Skiers/hikers should enter at Highland Road. […]

  • Snowshoe, Len Villano, winter, hike

    Guided Hikes at The Ridges

    Join the Ridges Sanctuary naturalist on Friday at 1pm, and Saturday at 10 am and 1 pm, for guided snowshoe hikes. Enjoy a leisurely hike on level terrain. Participants may hike in boots or, if there’s sufficient snow cover, snowshoes. The hike ends at the Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center with a cup of hot chocolate […]

  • Wild Turkey, Len Villano

    Thousands of Leftovers for Spring Turkey Hunters

    If you love hunting wild turkeys in the spring but forgot to apply for a harvest permit by the December deadline, you’re not plucked yet. More than 16,000 bonus Zone 2 authorizations for Door, Kewaunee and other eastern Wisconsin counties will go on sale in March. Jaqi Christopher, assistant upland wildlife ecologist for the DNR […]

  • Snow, hemlock, Door County, winter

    Get Outside at Crossroads at Big Creek

    It’s a new year and there is — potentially — a new invasive insect species to worry about at Crossroads at Big Creek. The Department of Agriculture (DOA) reported that its inspectors found an invasive insect on Christmas decorations in Wisconsin. The insect, called elongate hemlock scale (EHS), feeds on eastern hemlock and fir trees. […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center, Fire and Ice, Ice Carving

    Ice Carvers Needed

    Challenge yourself by carving an ice sculpture during the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center’s (SBVC) Fire and Ice event on Saturday, Feb. 16. The SBVC is seeking beginner, intermediate and advanced ice carvers for the 2019 ice-carving competition from 9 am to 2 pm. Individuals and teams of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to […]

  • Hoping for Snow at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek continues its winter programming with preserve and community events. On Jan. 4, 2 pm, Crossroads presents the film Cosmic Collisions. Created by the American Museum of Natural History and NASA, and narrated by Robert Redford, it explains the many collisions that have resulted in our solar system. Crossroads presents two programs […]

  • Snow Tubing at Winter Park

    Visitors are welcome to Winter Park in Kewaunee for the 2018-19 season and for a test run of its five-lane snow tubing hill. The ski/snowboarding hill will be temporarily closed until temperatures drop. “It’s all hands on deck to get this park ready each season, and we do our best to try to open as […]