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August 2018

Leaving a Legacy: Björklunden Conservation Easement Hike

August 18 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Bjorklunden, 7590 Boynton Lane
Baileys Harbor, 54202 United States
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Join Jane Whitney and Drew Reinke on a hike through one of the Door County Land Trust’s largest conservation easement projects, Lawrence University’s Björklunden. Nearly 70 percent of the property - 305 total acres, one-half mile of Lake Michigan shoreline, boreal forest, migratory bird and wildlife habitat - is protected in perpetuity. Once the summer retreat of Donald and Winifred Boynton of Highland Park, Ill., Björklunden vid Sjön - Swedish for "Birch Grove by the Lake" - was bequeathed to…

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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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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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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

A Tour of the Night Sky: Deep Sky Astronomy

September 7 @ 8:45 pm - 10:45 pm

Join Astronomer Jamie Krumenacher and filmmakers of The Emissary, Holly and Tim Erskine, for an unforgettable evening as we tour northern Door’s night sky looking at galaxies, nebula, globular and open clusters, and constellations. We’ll be using Jamie’s state-of-the-art telescopes for this deep sky tour. Proceeds from the evening will help provide astronomy equipment for Newport State Park’s Dark Sky programs. Bring a comfortable lawn chair for viewing, binoculars and a spotting scope if desired. Rain date Saturday, September 8.…

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The Fungus Among Us: Fall Fungi and Mushroom Hike

September 21 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Erskine Woods Natural Area Jacksonport, 54235 United States + Google Map

Join mushroom expert Charlotte Lukes and Jacksonport historian Marilyn Hein on a 1-mile walk through the Door County Land Trust’s Erskine Woods Natural Area along Hibbards Creek. As the days shorten and the temperatures cool, Door County’s forests transform into a wonderland of fall color and the appearance of ephemeral and mysterious fungi can be a spectacle rivaling the famed spring wildflower bloom--for those who know where to look. Hibbards Creek winds through this property, carving through steep sand dunes,…

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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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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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December 2018

Night Exploration Hike at Solitude Natural Area

December 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Solitude Natural Area Jacksonport, 54235 United States + Google Map

Join us for a special night adventure at the Door County Land Trust’s Solitude Natural Area. Discover the adaptations nocturnal animals use to survive as we explore the Solitude Natural Area’s woods and old fields. In the darkness of night, without the aid of our vision, experience how the other four senses become enhanced. This relatively flat terrain makes for wonderful winter walking or snowshoeing, if we should be so lucky! Free • Open to the Public Hike Leaders: Terrie…

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