Protecting Door County's Exceptional Lands and Waters...Forever
May 2017

Great Blue Heron by John Van Den Brandt

The season of visitors has begun on the Door Peninsula. Our travel-weary friends came from South and Central America, Gulf of Mexico environs and Southern United States locales. Many arrived under the cover of darkness, riding the southerly currents of low pressure weather systems. And upon their arrival, they feed, rest and commence their eons-old tradition of species propagation. Yes, spring bird migration has arrived and now's the time to grab your field guides, binoculars, or camera and get yourself to a Door County Land Trust nature preserve.
When I think about migratory birds I cannot help but think about their amazing leap of faith. To have a successful migration birds rely on the presence of food, clean water and shelter for literally thousands of miles. And thanks to members of the Door County Land Trust, when they touch-down on Washington Island, Kellner Fen, Lautenbach Woods or another land trust parcel, there they find all that they need to carry their species forward and I find comfort in that fact.
Enjoy your spring.


Tom Clay
Executive Director, Door County Land Trust
Björklunden Shoreline

Explore the Door 

Spring Walk at Björklunden

May 13 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Free and Open to the Public
No advance registration required

7590 Boynton Lane, Baileys Harbor  + Google Map

Tour the 305-acre conservation easement protected in partnership with Lawrence University and the Door County Land Trust. This easy two mile walk will bring you along the shoreline, through a remnant boreal forest, through a hardwood forest carpeted in ephemeral flowers, and past a small wind turbine that offers sustainable power for the center.  Examples of the interactions of glaciers, stone and water are found throughout the protected property and offer stunning examples of why Door County is so unique....

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Loon by John Van Den Brndt

Professional Wildlife Photography

An Afternoon with John Van Den Brandt

June 24 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
$35 per person, Registration in advance appreciated

2041 Michigan St, Sturgeon Bay  + Google Map

View amazing nature images and listen to highly entertaining stories of wildlife encounters throughout the world! Whether you're a seasoned photographer, just beginning or simply interested in amazing wildlife, you won't want to miss this afternoon of wildlife images. Professional photographer John Van Den Brandt will share stunning wildlife photos from around the world, as well as tips to improve your own wildlife photography. After the presentations, John will give an overview of the equipment and some of the photo set-ups that work...

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Presented in partnership with Crossroads at Big Creek. 
Proceeds from this event benefit both organizations.
Students with Shovels: 
Sturgeon Bay High School Students

A Tree Planting Story

In pre-settlement times, Door County was covered shore to shore in dense forests. Our native plant communities and wildlife habitat depend on quality contiguous forests. Last week, at Lautenbach Woods Nature Preserve, students from Sturgeon Bay High School worked alongside staff and volunteers to plant more than 2,500 trees, including white pine, white cedar, chokecherry, nannyberry and more. Over time these trees and shrubs will grow tall enough to shade out non-native invasive plants and bring diversity back to the former agricultural field. Birds and wildlife will find shelter and food along their important migratory highway that is Door County!

Many, many thanks to these Sturgeon Bay High School students and the volunteers who helped complete this endeavor!

Kangaroo Lake by Dan Eggert
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Door County Photos!

Gathering Waters Annual Photo Competition

Gathering Waters: Wisconsin's Alliance for Land Trusts has collected more than 350 photos from across the state, many from Door County! Your vote makes the difference for the People's Choice Award. 

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Red Crossbill on Washington Island by Melody Walsh
Red Crossbill on Washington Island by Melody Walsh
Many thanks to Door County 
Board of Realtors

The Door County Board of Realtors recently held a reception at Bjö rklunden to honor retirees with more than ten years of service in the community. Ten realtors were recognized for their collective years of service. A tribute donation to the Door County Land Trust was made for each honoree.

We thank the Door County Board of Realtors for their gift and for their continued support of protecting the wild places and open spaces that make this an exceptional place in which to live and work.

Thank you!

Grand View Scenic Park and Overlook

Save the Date!
Sunday, August 20, 2017
The Annual Gathering

You'll want to join us for an afternoon with friends, great food, and good fun at the Grand View Scenic Overlook and Park in Ellison Bay. It has been five years since the community helped to protect the iconic view from development. Let's join together again to celebrate the protection of this beautiful view and the land protection successes ahead for the coming year.
More Information
The Door County Land Trust is a local, non-profit organization working to preserve Door County's open spaces, scenic beauty and ecological integrity. The Land Trust has protected more than 7,600 acres and is supported by more than 2,200 members. 
Door County Land Trust nature preserves are open to the public at no charge for hiking, cross-country skiing, wildlife observation, some forms of hunting, and other low-impact, non-motorized recreational activities. 
For more information on the Door County Land Trust and to make a contribution of support, please visit: or call (920)746-1359.  

Explore the Door is Sponsored by Door County Medical Center
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