Spring is an exciting time for nature enthusiasts. Migrating songbirds return to our woodlands, wildflowers burst into the sunshine, frogs peep and trill their love songs, and sandhill cranes dance in our wetlands. Many of these plants and animals make their homes in natural areas that are protected by local conservation agencies. And these organizations are working together to present a very special spring event: the Door County Festival of Nature on May 24 and 25.
The Festival of Nature is two days of hands-on workshops and field trips to some of the Peninsula’s most pristine and unique natural areas, some of which are not usually open to the public. Over 40 trips are offered, focusing on topics like spring wildflowers, bird watching, geology, insects, and nature photography. Preregistration is required for field trips, but several events are open to the public. The Festival kicks off with Nature Trivia Night on Thursday, May 23. On Friday, May 24 we’re offering a “Local Lake and Land Picnic” featuring locally sourced foods like Lake Michigan whitefish, fresh spring greens, asparagus and rhubarb crisp.
The public is also invited to attend the Festival keynote presentation on Friday, May 24. Craig Thompson will present “Knee Deep in Monkeys: Protecting Tropical Forests for our Migratory Birds.” His presentation begins at 7:00 PM at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall.
To find out more about the Festival of Nature, you can contact The Ridges Sanctuary or one of the other sponsoring organizations: The Nature Conservancy, Door County Land Trust, Crossroads at Big Creek, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. You can also visit the Festival website, http://www.doorcountyfestivalofnature.org/. Some field trips are already filled, so early registration is highly recommended.