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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dcltadmin
2 days ago

Sunrise at Legacy Nature Preserve at Clay Banks!

Jim Perry
4 days ago

A wonderful day for a hike at Three Springs Nature Preserve!

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dcltadmin
5 days ago

Amazing!

This flower is known as Indian Pipe (aka ghost flower). It is a rare plant, that is abundant this year at Ship Canal.

This fascinating plant (Monotropa uniflora) is definitely one of nature’s weird wonders. Because it has no chlorophyll and doesn’t depend on photosynthesis, this ghostly white plant is able to grow in the darkest of forests.

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Mary and Dale Goodner
7 days ago

Smallest tree frog I’ve ever seen… at Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve!

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Jim Perry
8 days ago

Lovely day for a hike at Heins Creek Nature Preserve!

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dcltadmin
9 days ago

Waves on the shoreline of Lake Michigan at the beautiful Legacy Nature Preserve at Clay Banks!

Mary Van Dyke
10 days ago

“A normal lake is knowable. A Great Lake can hold all the mysteries of an ocean, and then some.”
― Dan Egan, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes 

Photo: Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve

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Joe Taylor
12 days ago

Monarchs of the Marsh!

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dcltadmin
13 days ago

This fascinating plant (Monotropa uniflora) commonly known as Indian Pipe, is definitely one of nature’s weird wonders. Because it has no chlorophyll and doesn’t depend on photosynthesis, this ghostly white plant is able to grow in the darkest of forests. Have you seen this while hiking?

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Dave Heilman
14 days ago

Checking out the trails at Kangaroo Lake Nature Preserve, they’re pretty magical!

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Mary and Dale Goodner
15 days ago

A couple frogs happily hanging out at Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve.

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Dale Goodner
17 days ago

We went to Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal today to look for frogs. They were teensy weensy!

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RosannDavid Hollinger
19 days ago

Rieboldt Creek
We were looking at RC for kayaking and saw this leopard. Question: Where does one put in for paddling the North area of Kangaroo (without going through Coyote’s)? Thanks.

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Rosann Hollinger
23 days ago

Toft Point

First time driving through this state natural area. No posted trails? We found an “informal trail” near end of gravel road. It led to this beach… is it a real shell beach? Or have shells recently covered the 
limestone/sand beach here? In any case, the scene, area were beautiful!  

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RosannDavidHollinger
28 days ago

Explosion of Painted Lady butterflies!

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dcltadmin
1 month ago

Pitcher’s Dune Thistle is blooming!

A federally threatened plant, the Pitcher’s Dune Thistle (Cirsium pitcheri) is among Door County’s most noteworthy plants. From late June to mid-July, the only native bloom on the dunes is Pitcher’s thistle. The Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve is home to one of the largest colonies of Pitcher’s thistle, which is found, almost exclusively, along Lake Michigan shoreline.

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dcltadmin
1 month ago

A lovely weekend walk at Legacy Nature Preserve at Clay Banks!

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Amanda Pyke
1 month ago

Pitcher’s Dune Thistle in Bloom

Mary Van Dyke
1 month ago

A beautiful – yet rainy – day at Kangaroo Lake Nature Preserve. Enjoy the quiet and calm, ignore the mosquito at the end!

dcltadmin
1 month ago

A beautiful hike at Three Springs Nature Preserve!

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Dale Goodner
1 month ago

Listen to the relaxing sound of flowing water at Hibbard Creek, on Highway A near Jacksonport.

Mary Van Dyke
1 month ago

Beautiful hike at Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve! I was blown away by the colors of the summer.

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dcltadmin
1 month ago

Nature is abuzz at Bayshore Blufflands Nature Preserve!

Photos by Jim Perry

1. Tent Caterpillars

2. Red Columbine

3. Common Hawthorn

4. Scarlet Tanager

5. Monarch Butterfly

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Thomas Stasiak
1 month ago

Porcupine at Anderson Pond!

dcltadmin
1 month ago

Jack-in-The-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

Seems like a strange name for a funky flower, but when one looks closely at this rather small, woodland wildflower, which makes a brief appearance every spring, it makes sense.

The flower arches like a hood over a pouch-shaped spathe (which looks like a church pulpit). Inside this “pulpit” is the central spadix (Jack) that looks like a figure, or finger, standing up. The entire flower brings to mind the beauty of classic church architecture that presents the pulpit as a place of prominence where the minister or priest stands to give their homily.

Blooming now!

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Jim Perry
1 month ago

Your daily moment of zen, brought to you by Kangaroo Lake Nature Preserve.

dcltadmin
1 month ago

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”⁣



— Rachel Carson⁣

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dcltadmin
2 months ago

Endangered Ram’s head orchids!

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Rosann Hollinger
2 months ago

Newport New

Our first time at Newport State Park! Beautiful! Favorite spots so far: parking lot 3 area (one of the pics) and Poetry Trail! “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”

John Muir

Will return some dark night… (:

The pictures are Lady’s Slippers and Starry Solomon’s Plume

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Jim Perry
2 months ago

Your Monday moment of zen, brought to you by Heins Creek Nature Preserve.

dcltadmin
2 months ago

Marsh Marigolds bloom in the springtime, hugging creek boarders and filling swamps with their beautiful golden flowers. The scientific name of the marsh marigold is Caltha palustris. The word “Caltha” refers to a cup or chalice, while “palustris” refers to the marshy or swampy conditions that these flowers depend on.

Marsh marigolds are not scientifically considered true marigold. Because of this, some people prefer to call them “swamp cups” because of where they grow and their lovely cup-shape of the upturned golden sepals.

Photos by Dan Eggert

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dcltadmin
2 months ago

“For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous.”

– Edward Abbey

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RosannDavid Hollinger
2 months ago

Our trail cam captured these two strolling past this week. Precious moment!

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Mary Van Dyke
2 months ago

A sunny Saturday spent hiking at Oak Road Nature Preserve! The trails and trees were beautiful, and the wetland is very full, making parts of trails muddy. A wonderful way to spend the morning.

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Mary and Dale Goodner
2 months ago

We found spring wildflowers today at Sawyer School.

1) Bloodroot
2) Spring Beauty
3) White Trout Lily

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Mary and Dale Goodner
2 months ago

We found spring wildflowers today at Sawyer School.

1) Dutchman’s Breeches
2) Large Flowered Trillium
3) Ramps (Wild Leeks)
4) Yellow Trout Lily

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Mary and Dale Goodner
3 months ago

Signs of Spring: Hazelnut Flowers in Bloom


Signs of Spring at Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal, hazelnut flowers in bloom!

Jim Perry
2 months ago

Sunrise at Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve

Your Monday morning moment of zen, brought to you from Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve.

RosannDavid Hollinger
2 months ago

Warblers at Weborg
The Black and White Warbler and the Cape May Warbler.

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all…” Emily Dickinson

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RosannDavid Hollinger
2 months ago

Barred at Logan
We spotted this barred owl at Logan Creek today. We had actually seen him/her a few days back and stayed long enough to watch the parent catch “something” and bring it back to the nest tree. So today we were able to watch the nest tree and spot the return of momma or papa. We stay on the trail; the tree is not too far away. Beautiful day!

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Dale Goodner
2 months ago

Door County Ecology at Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve.

Learn all about frog masses with Mary and Dale Goodner.

Dale Goodner
2 months ago

Door County Ecology at Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve.

Learn all about white pine with Mary and Dale Goodner.

Jim Perry
3 months ago

Sunrise at Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal

Tom Clay
3 months ago

Spring blooms are starting to pop-up!

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Amy Watts Dwyer
3 months ago

Wanted to share some photos of my walk at Erskine Woods! – Amy Watts Dwyer

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Dale Goodner
3 months ago

Door County Ecology at Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve.
Learn the difference between a Red Pine and White Pine! – Mary and Dale Goodner

Dale Goodner
3 months ago

Door County Ecology at Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve.
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker! – Mary and Dale Goodner

Dale Goodner
3 months ago

Door County Ecology at Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve.
How to tell the difference between a Hemlock and a Balsam Fir Tree! – Mary and Dale Goodner

Dale Goodner
3 months ago

Door County Ecology at Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve.
Learn how to tell the difference between a Spruce and a Fir Tree! – Mary and Dale Goodner

Dale Goodner
3 months ago

Door County Ecology at Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve.
Learn how to spot signs of a Pileated Woodpecker! – Mary and Dale Goodner

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