Daily Nature

Join us in celebrating the rhythm of the days and seasons by sharing photos, observations, and reflections from nature. Just as spring pushes forward, so too does our community-focused conservation work. We invite you to reach out to us and stay connected. Share your thoughts and pictures below. After review, we’ll post them on this page and on our Facebook page.

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Tim Markus
5 days ago

We enjoyed some fall colors during a hike at the Kangaroo Lake Nature Preserve last week. Kudos to the DC Land Trust for all they do to preserve this beautiful land for us and future generations. We are so lucky to have so many great hikes practically in our back yard!

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Cinnamon Rossman
6 days ago

Fall colors popping up all around!

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dcltadmin
8 days ago

One of the largest tracts of undeveloped land on Washington Island, the Richter Community Forest Nature Preserve features a diverse mix of northern hardwoods, numerous tip-up mounds (uprooted trees), bedrock ridges, and an abundance of spring wildflowers.

The forest varies greatly in composition reflecting the different types of forest management activities that have taken place over the past 100 years.

The preserve’s large tip-up mounds are clues that this area, unlike most of Door County’s interior, was never clear-cut and tilled for agricultural use. Another clue is the presence of numerous wildflowers. If land is tilled, wildflower seed banks are disturbed. Even as a forest begins to regenerate, it can take a century or more for wildflowers to re-establish themselves.

Photo by Dave Heilman

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Dave Heilman
11 days ago

Misty dawn at Kangaroo Lake Nature Preserve!

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dcltadmin
12 days ago

Pitcher plants!!

This species, found throughout most of Wisconsin, lives in low-nutrient sphagnum moss bogs and poor fen wetlands, greatly limiting the number of sites where they can be seen.

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Cinnamon Rossman
12 days ago

How many cardinals can you count?

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RosannDavid Hollinger
14 days ago

Pine Siskins in our back yard, Town of Egg Harbor

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Katie VandenBerg
17 days ago

Magnificent, magical adventure. We LOVE Door County Land Trust and all you do. Katie, Ben, Finn and Genevieve Vandenberg, we live in Tremont, Il but our hearts are in Door County 🙂
– Katie VandenBerg

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dcltadmin
19 days ago

Happily hiking at Ephraim Preserve at Anderson Pond!

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Cinnamon Rossman
21 days ago

A beautiful fall hike through Ephraim!

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Sande Soloman
22 days ago

The Soloman kids – Gabi and Malachi enjoy the Door County Land Trust trails. Three Springs was one of our favorite hikes. We love how the trails are pet friendly.

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dcltadmin
24 days ago

Pebble Beach holding on to the last bit of summer sun!

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Dave Heilman
26 days ago

Boo’s Bluff on Washington Island!

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dcltadmin
27 days ago

Fall colors are starting to appear already!

Photo by Dave Heilman at Richter Community Forest on Washington Island.

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RosannDavid Hollinger
28 days ago

Last new to us trail was Solitude … are these New England Astors?

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RosannDavid Hollinger
28 days ago

Another natural area we walked was Walt’s Woods…

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RosannDavid Hollinger
28 days ago

We learned from an LIR Zoom class this week of other Land Trust Trails, so set off to explore 3 of them. Here are some pics from Erskine Woods Natural Area. Love this trail w the creek, benches and “bluff”. Not so much w the snake.  ( ;

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dcltadmin
1 month ago

Beautiful Door County wildflowers even in the fall!

Photos courtesy of Dave Heilman.

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Dave Heilman
1 month ago

A magical moment at Little Lake Nature Preserve!

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Dave Heilman
1 month ago

This is truly a special place and well worth the 15 minute hike in (which is rocky in places)!

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Nick Wilder
1 month ago

Porcupine on Newport State Park trail!

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Jamie Palmer
1 month ago

Fall Along the Bay by Jamie Palmer

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Hadley Edie
1 month ago

A beautiful hike through Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp!

Hadley Edie
1 month ago

Hiking at Bayshore Blufflands, lost count of the monarchs as they flew by!

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Dave Heilman
1 month ago

Physalis alkekengi fruit with the red husk!

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Dave Heilman
1 month ago

Beautiful trail systems at Richter Community Forest Nature Preserve!

https://www.doorcountylandtrust.org/richter-community-forest-nature-preserve/

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dcltadmin
1 month ago

Missing summer days at Pebble Beach!

dcltadmin
1 month ago

The Ship Canal preserve has witnessed much history. It was once the site of a heavily-travelled Native American portage route between Lake Michigan and Green Bay. In 1872, European settlers began construction of the 7,400-foot canal, which permanently linked the two bodies of water. More recently, the property was considered for large-scale developments including a coal-fueled power plant and an aquatic-based industrial center. In its preserved state, it will be enjoyed by visitors and residents for generations to come.

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Hadley Edie
1 month ago

Went to Pebble Beach today to cap off my summertime visit to Door County. Seems like summertime lasts eternal here and I can’t wait to come back already!

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dcltadmin
1 month ago

Bayshore Blufflands Nature Preserve

Wind-swept fields, towering pine forests, ephemeral wetlands and springs, cobbled lakeshore and stretches of rural open space along Bay Shore Drive all contribute to the beauty of this special place.

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Mary Van Dyke
1 month ago

Lake Michigan was feeling dark and stormy today1

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RosannDavid Hollinger
1 month ago

Judy Abert Meissner Memorial Wetlands Preserve at Kangaroo Lake

What a nice cedar lined trail this was culminating at the top of a small hill w a bench where we left a kindness rock. Saw this Ovenbird and a Leopard frog and heard cranes. We’ve been here a few times and have never seen another person. So peaceful.

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Jim Perry
1 month ago

Sunrise at Legacy Nature Preserve at Clay Banks!

Michelle Moreth
1 month ago

Loving the colors and vibrant leaves along the trail at the Ephraim Preserve at Anderson Pond!

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Mary Van Dyke
1 month ago

Rainy days on Kangaroo Lake Nature Preserve!

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dcltadmin
1 month ago

There is something magical about the Great Lakes, Door County, and this view!!

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Jim Perry
1 month ago

Legacy Nature Preserve at Clay Banks, a beautiful place for a quiet walk through Door County. comment image

This morning’s sunrise and preserve photos brought you by First Light Arts.

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Mary Van Dyke
1 month ago

How many frogs can you count hiding in the leaves?

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Dave Heilman
2 months ago

“Slug Bug” How many of you are old enough to remember that car game? Wild rose with early morning dew and a touch of backlighting from the sun. Images taken at another of the DCLT areas I enjoy exploring and photographing.

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Dave Heilman
2 months ago

Crab spyder on a Brown Eyed Susan. Another find during an early morning walk at a DCLT preserve.

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RosannDavid Hollinger
2 months ago

Is this an immature wood duck? Saw it kayaking the shoreline of Peninsula yesterday.

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RosannDavid Hollinger
2 months ago

Saw this walking stick on our window this week!

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dcltadmin
2 months ago

Dreaming about this view of busy bees buzzing around the blooming bee balm at Bay Shore Blufflands native pollinator garden! ⁣⁣⁣
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Amy Cooper
2 months ago

A Fritillary butterfly at Legacy Nature Preserve at Clay Banks!

Jim Perry
2 months ago

Legacy Nature Preserve at Clay Banks
1188 South Lake Michigan Drive, Sturgeon Bay

91 protected acres, 1-mile looped hiking trail with access to Lake Michigan. Splendid scenic vistas overlooking the lake and the fields and forest below. Clay bluffs that were formed thousands of years ago. Nearly 3,000 feet of undeveloped shoreline. Abundant wildlife, in particular shorebirds, dragonflies and butterflies.

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Dave Heilman
2 months ago

A beautiful trail at White Cliff Nature Preserve leads you into the woods where you can find mature forest stands of maple, beech, hemlock and white cedar with a diverse understory including spring ephemeral wildflowers!

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Mary Van Dyke
2 months ago

Dreamy days strolling through Legacy Nature Preserve toward Lake Michigan shoreline!

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Joe Taylor
2 months ago

Ducks on the marsh

dcltadmin
2 months ago

Swamp Stomp!

Explore Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp State Nature Area with this short video.

Dave Heilman
2 months ago

Trails at White Cliff Nature Preserve

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