Peninsula Nature Programs – Early May


Nature Center open daily 10 AM – 2 PM beginning Tuesday, May 1. Ask about LIKE TO HIKE monarch pins!

Tuesday May 1 Weed Warriors 9 – 11 AM. Meet below Sven’s Bluff.  Park in nearby pull-off on Shore Road. Call 854-5976 if you need more information.

Friday May 4 Birding at Weborg 9 – 10 AM. Park in Weborg day use lot on Shore Road. Look for warblers, shorebirds and more on this naturalist-led walk. Bring binoculars if you have them.

Saturday May 5 Door County Half Marathon in the morning. Go to doorcountyhalfmarathon.com for complete information.

Sunday May 6 – Nature Center closed.

Monday May 7 Bat Monitoring Workshop 8 – 9 PM. Meet at Park Headquarters to learn how to use an “anabat” to identify and monitor Door County bat populations. Dress for the field.  We’ll hike Weborg Shore then visit the Peninsula “shop” area (not usually open to the public) to see if bats have returned to a summer roosting site. This workshop is open to the public, especially those willing to monitor a Door County site once or twice this season. Phone 920-854-5976 or email kathleen.harris@wisconsin.gov.

Tuesday May 8 Weed Warriors 9 – 11 AM. Location to be announced. Call 608-963-8705. Hemlock Trail 1 – 2:30 PM. Meet at Weborg day use lot. Warblers  have arrived and lake iris is blooming. Join the naturalist for a two-mile walk over rolling terrain. Bring binoculars if you have them.

Wednesday May 9 Trillium Count 11 AM – 12 Noon. For about a decade, Peninsula has tracked the number of trilliums blooming inside the deer exclosure cage, constructed in 1992. Learn folklore and facts about this Wisconsin wildflower, then participate in an easy stewardship project.

Friday May 11 Stop by during Nature Center hours to bead an earthy necklace. Especially suited for kids ages eight and younger.

Saturday May 12 Warblers 101 9 – 9:45 AM. Meet at Weborg Shelter, park in adjacent day use lot. Learn to identify Peninsula’s most common warblers through photos, song, and in the field. Bring binoculars if you have them. Legend of the Lady’s-slipper 1 – 1:45 PM. Nature Center. Enjoy an Ojibwa legend about Door County’s official wildflower then craft a lady’s-slipper to keep.

Sunday May 13 Point to Point Birding 9 – 10 AM. Meet at Nelson’s Point. Scan the shore for killdeer and pelicans, then walk to a birding hot spot to see if indigo buntings and rose-breasted grosbeaks have arrived.

Looking Ahead – Saturday May 19

BIRD CITY DEDICATION & PENINSULA BIRDATHON! A full day of activities, including a special award to Door County Volunteer Scotty Weborg. Schedule, pledge information forthcoming. 920-8545976.

 

2012 Monarch Like to Hike Pins available for $3 if five or more activities completed or $6 otherwise. Get hiking log at Park Headquarters or download at www.peninsulafriends.org.  2012 pin features monarch butterfly.