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June 2018

Discovering Wetlands

June 9 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Three Springs Nature Preserve, 10442 3 Springs Rd
Sister Bay, 54234 United States
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E18-06-09

Join us for a wild citizen science adventure at the Door County Land Trust’s Three Springs Nature Preserve as we search for wetland critters living there.  The three coldwater springs that form the creeks that meander through this property and drain into North Bay give the nature preserve its name.  These wetlands are home to a host of species, such as the rare Hine’s emerald dragonfly, frogs, salamanders, northern pike, sandhill cranes, herons, ducks and the aquatic invertebrates on which…

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Swamp Stomp: A Hike through Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp

June 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
E18-06-23

Join member and conservation easement owner Chuck Lauter for an adventurous hike exploring one of the Door County Land Trust’s newest conservation projects, the Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp Natural Area, where we’ve protected over 157 acres.  Stretching west from the Village of Ephraim’s Wetland Preserve east to Townline Rd., the Gibraltar-Ephraim swamp corridor contain northern Door’s largest wetlands emptying into Green Bay.  Many rare plants and animals, such as the dwarf-lake iris, red-shouldered hawk, ram’s head lady’s slipper, bald eagle and trout…

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July 2018

Exploring the Escarpment Hike at Lautenbach Woods Nature Preserve

July 14 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Lautenbach Woods Nature Preserve, 6749 County Rd G
Egg Harbor, 54209 United States
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E18-07-14

Located on the Niagara Escarpment, the Door County Land Trust’s Lautenbach Woods Nature Preserve hosts a beautiful forested karst landscape of fractures and sinkholes in the dolomite rock that underlies Door County.  The great arc of the Niagara Escarpment, stretching from Wisconsin to Niagara Falls, is the backbone of Door County’s celebrated landscape.  Discover the county’s unique geological history and forest types as you hike a loop trail through northern hardwood forest, descending the Niagara Escarpment through conifer forest, and…

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Exploring the Fields and Forests of Bayshore Blufflands Nature Preserve

July 20 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Bay Shore Blufflands Nature Preserve, 5454 Bay Shore Dr
Egg Harbor, 54209 United States
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W18-07-20

Discover with us the plants and animals living in the fields and forests of the Door County Land Trust’s Bayshore Blufflands Nature Preserve.  Kids of all ages welcome on this hands-on adventure.  We'll use insect sweep nets, forest sampling equipment and field guides as we hike along a 1-mile fairly level trail through the fields and forests to see what is living here and learn ways all of us can help improve wildlife habitat wherever we live.  Bring hats, sunscreen,…

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August 2018

Prairies, Insects and Wetlands at Oak Road Nature Preserve

August 2 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Oak Road Nature Preserve, 6391 Oak Road
Egg Harbor, 54209 United States
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Become a citizen scientist and discover the plants and animals living in the Door County Land Trust’s Oak Road Nature Preserve. While this 100 year-old farmstead once raised milk cows and farmed peas and corn, it is now the site of a major ecological restoration project. Over the past 10 years, the Land Trust has planted thousands of trees and a 30-acre prairie in these old farm fields. Using insect sweep nets, aquatic sampling equipment and wildflower field guides as we…

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Grand View Wetlands Restoration Discovery Tour

August 4 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Grand View Scenic Overlook and Park, 11831 Highway 42
Ellison Bay, 54210 United States
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$10
W18-08-04

Grand View Scenic Overlook and Park in Ellison Bay is going “wild” with a native habitat restoration project on the lower 2 acres around the ponds. Though most famous for its scenic overlook atop the Niagara Escarpment, the wetlands below are providing great habitat for waterfowl, songbirds, frogs, toads, dragonflies, butterflies, insects and panfish. We’ll hike down the hill to the prairie and wetlands below. Using insect sweep nets, aquatic sampling equipment and wildflower field guides we'll discover what is…

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Bay Shore Blufflands Buckthorn Blast Hike

August 18 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Bay Shore Blufflands Nature Preserve, 5454 Bay Shore Dr
Egg Harbor, 54209 United States
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E18-08-18 Blufflands

Plant diversity is the key to the health of wildlife habitat, but common invasive plants can upset the natural balance and have wide-ranging consequences. It is true that humans are often both the cause and the cure to invasive species problems. Coordinated efforts are now underway to restore the ecological health of the larger Blufflands landscape. Portions of the preserve that were once cleared for timber, farms, resorts, and even a golf course are being restored to productive wildlife habitat.…

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Protecting Endangered Species Walk at Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve

August 19 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve, 5340 Lake Ln
Sturgeon Bay, 54235 United States
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E18-08-19

The Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve is the site of the Door County Land Trust’s largest restoration project undertaken to date. In the spring, volunteer birding teams come out to record breeding bird populations. In summer, Chicago Botanical Garden staff monitor endangered Pitcher's dune thistles.  Both bird and thistle counts increase in response to invasive plant removal and habitat improvement. Due to these efforts, Wisconsin's healthiest population of the endangered Dune Thistle is now found here. Join us on…

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September 2018

Heins Creek Water Discovery Adventure

September 29 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Heins Creek Nature Preserve, 7112 Highway 57
Baileys Harbor, 54202 United States
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$10

Join us for a wild citizen science adventure at the Door County Land Trust’s Heins Creek Nature Preserve as we enter the creek and search for wild critters. Heins Creek drains out of Kangaroo Lake into Lake Michigan. The creek is home to a host of species including salmon, trout, northern pike, frogs, salamanders, kingfisher, ducks and the aquatic invertebrates on which they feast. The adventure will include a short walk down to Heins Creek where we will use aquatic…

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October 2018

Conifer Hike at Kangaroo Lake Nature Preserve

October 13 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Kangaroo Lake Nature Preserve, 7912 North Maple Road
Baileys Harbor, 54202 United States
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With more than 650 acres protected by the Door County Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy, Kangaroo Lake Nature Preserve is one of Door County’s ecological gems. Kangaroo Lake lies in a trough, a northwest to southeast drainage depression of the Niagara Escarpment. It is fed by Peil Creek and drains into Lake Michigan through Heins Creek. This preserve’s unique geology, forests and wetlands provide excellent habitat for a host of plants and animals. Learn more about the conifers here…

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