The Ridges Sanctuary

Preservation, Education, and Research

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Serious Moonlight

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 by Drew Richmond   Comments Off on Serious Moonlight | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

What could be more beautiful that watching a full moon rise in the night sky?  We have to say that hiking under a mix of shadows and moonlight is definitely a way to enhance the experience. Everything changes after dark – the trails, the trees, the sounds. Nighttime heightens the senses. The full moon sheds [..Read more]

Take a naturalist-guided hike through the trails of The Ridges Sanctuary… ¡en Español!

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 by Drew Richmond   Comments Off on Take a naturalist-guided hike through the trails of The Ridges Sanctuary… ¡en Español! | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

Hands down, the naturalist-guided hikes at The Ridges Sanctuary really embody  our spirit and purpose. The experience of hiking our founders’ trails is like no other, and you’re sure to encounter new surprises – every time. During a recent assessment of our audiences and outreach activities at The Ridges, we realized that there was room for [..Read more]

The Hine’s Makes a Special Appearance This Weekend

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 by Drew Richmond   Comments Off on The Hine’s Makes a Special Appearance This Weekend | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

After spending as many as 5 years in their aquatic larval state, the Hine’s emerald dragonflies are emerging as adults and taking flight at The Ridges. These green-eyed beauties will spend much of their brief lives (4 – 5 weeks) in flight, feeding on other flying insects and establishing breeding grounds. Within the last week, dragonfly expert [..Read more]

Fungus Circle or Fairy Ring?

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 by Drew Richmond   Comments Off on Fungus Circle or Fairy Ring? | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

This circle of mushrooms was spotted growing on the west side of the Upper Range Light today. Whether your mind is inclined toward fact or fancy, these curious little formations can’t help but draw attention. Mushrooms are actually the reproductive part of the organism – much like apples are the reproductive fruit of the tree.  The biggest [..Read more]

Bribery is Not Beneath Us!

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 by Drew Richmond   Comments Off on Bribery is Not Beneath Us! | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

We’re coming down to the wire for the Ride for Nature, the 25th annual bike ride for the benefit of The Ridges Sanctuary.  Thanks to the many volunteers who have already stepped forward to help, we’ve staffed about 80% of the many positions it takes to support this event.  BUT … we still need help!  [..Read more]

A Prickly Parable

Posted on May 31, 2013 by Drew Richmond   Comments Off on A Prickly Parable | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

If Facebook stats can be believed, then recent video of a myopic porcupine encountered during a Festival of Nature field trip has gone viral – or at least viral by our Facebook page standards.  In just a few days, this spiky member of the rodent family has had 5,575 views  — over 250% more than [..Read more]

Show Off Your Nature Knowledge!

Posted on May 21, 2013 by Drew Richmond   Comments Off on Show Off Your Nature Knowledge! | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

Do you know what percentage of the earth’s surface freshwater is contained by the Great Lakes?  Can you readily identify feathers from birds found here in Door County?  Do you know which two State politicians worked to establish the Outdoor Recreation Act program, the forerunner of today’s Stewardship Act?  If you answered these questions without  [..Read more]

The Lusty Month of May

Posted on May 8, 2013 by Drew Richmond   Comments Off on The Lusty Month of May | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

Sure, it’s a song from Camelot, but just where do you suppose Lerner and Lowe got their inspiration? We’re pretty sure they took their cues from Mother Nature. After a few days of warmer temperatures and life-giving sun, May is busting out all over! Frogs are serenading, birds are nesting, deer are venturing out of the [..Read more]

Tell Your Kids to Take a Hike

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 by Drew Richmond   Comments Off on Tell Your Kids to Take a Hike | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

Numerous studies and whole books have been devoted to the benefits of connecting children to nature.  Evidence shows that environmental education improves student performance and increases interest in learning overall.  Although many parents can remember long summer days spent outside, the amount of time today’s kids spend outdoors is alarming low while the amount of [..Read more]

An Environmental Trifecta!

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 by Drew Richmond   Comments Off on An Environmental Trifecta! | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

It’s a big week for lovers of the earth everywhere as we come together to celebrate Earth Day. Founded in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day has evolved from a grassroots movement to become an international citizen crusade. Here at home, it has led to the development of hundreds of environmentally conscious organizations and is [..Read more]