The Ridges Sanctuary

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Category: Nature Notes

Nature Notes: Snow Science

Posted on Dec 1, 2022 by Jeanne Farrell   No Comments Yet | Posted in Blog · Nature Notes · Uncategorized

By Anna Foster  If you’re anything like me, you might have groaned when you saw the first dusting of snow two weeks ago. The winter season brings opportunities for adventuring on snowshoes, cross country skis, snowmobiles, and ice skates… but it also means getting up 30 minutes earlier to shovel off your car. However, annoying [..Read more]

Nature Notes: Deer on the Run – Wisconsin White-tails

Posted on Nov 7, 2022 by Jeanne Farrell   No Comments Yet | Posted in Blog · Homepage Photo Gallery Images · In the News · Nature Notes

By Anna Foster and Jackie Rath The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources refers to the large population of white-tailed deer as an iconic and important part of the Wisconsin landscape and culture. And depending on your point of view, deer can be either a wonderful or troublesome part of living in Wisconsin. Growing up in [..Read more]

The Golden Glory of Tamarack Trees

Posted on Oct 31, 2022 by Jeanne Farrell   No Comments Yet | Posted in Blog · Featured · Homepage Photo Gallery Images · Nature Notes

By Sheryl Honig, PhD, Environmental Educator You may not think of The Ridges’ boreal forest as a destination for viewing fall color.  The sandy ridges are home to conifers like hemlock, spruce, balsam fir, and cedar.  These conifers are evergreen and don’t explode with color in the fall.  But there is one conifer that puts [..Read more]

Nature Notes: The Importance of Monarch Butterflies

Posted on Aug 1, 2022 by Jeanne Farrell   No Comments Yet | Posted in Blog · Nature Notes · Uncategorized

By Anna Foster    The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)  symbolizes summertime, appearing year after year in meadows, gardens, and front yards of houses. As of July 21st, this once abundant butterfly is now listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as an endangered species. Populations across the United States have been in [..Read more]

Nature Notes: Pollination and Conservation in a Fragile, Sensitive Environment

Posted on Jun 16, 2022 by Jeanne Farrell   No Comments Yet | Posted in Blog · Nature Notes · Ridges Outpost

By Jackie Rath, Visitor Engagement and Education Assistant   The Ridges is celebrating National Pollinator Week 2022! Protecting pollinators is a necessary part of protecting The Ridges’ native habitat. In 2017, we planted pollinator gardens in front of our Nature Center. These gardens provide a food source and habitat for pollinator species in our ecosystem, [..Read more]

Nature Notes: Fleeting Spring Blooms

Posted on Apr 27, 2022 by Jeanne Farrell   No Comments Yet | Posted in Blog · Nature Notes · Ridges Outpost

By Jackie Rath The Sanctuary has looked a little different over the last few weeks than if you visited this past winter. A delightfully slow spring thaw is taking place, and we are seeing signs of it everywhere we turn. Hidden Brook is rushing, birds are returning and calling, frogs are croaking, and the garter [..Read more]

Nature Notes: Transitions

Posted on Mar 27, 2022 by Jeanne Farrell   No Comments Yet | Posted in Blog · Nature Notes · Ridges Outpost

By Anna Foster It may not feel like it outside this week, but last Sunday marked the Vernal Equinox, or the first official day of spring! Of course, spring has many faces in Door County. From snowstorms, like the dump of wet slush we had last week, to sunny, 45-degree days, watching the calendar isn’t [..Read more]

Nature Notes: The Impact of Ice

Posted on Jan 27, 2022 by Jeanne Farrell   No Comments Yet | Posted in Blog · Nature Notes · Ridges Outpost

By Anna Foster For Door County, the new year signals a return to ice in Green Bay and the cold days of January and February (and March, although we don’t want to admit it to ourselves just yet). The frozen landscape that the ice creates brings ice fishing, skating, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling to [..Read more]