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By Judy Drew / Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 10:30 am
Specialty Hikes, A Natural Christmas & Christmas Bird Count Coming up at The Ridges

BAILEYS HARBOR, WI (December 8, 2015) – An evening hike at The Ridges is nice anytime but on December 11, the moon will be on the same side of the Earth as the sun, creating spectacular conditions for viewing objects in the sky.  Join a Ridges naturalist for a Night Sky Hike at 6:30pm. The hike route will include key vantage points to enjoy the celestial wonders and end back at the cabins for a campfire and marshmallow roast. Meet at The Ridges Cabins, 8288 County Q, Baileys Harbor. Flashlights are recommended. Hike fees are $5 for Ridges members, $8 for the general public and free for children under 18.

What’s better than an afternoon hike through the late fall tranquility of the woods?  How about a hike that ends with a delicious box lunch and a lively discussion about timely ecological topics? The Ridges Box Lunch Hike will be held on December 16 at 11am. Luncheon choices include gourmet sandwiches with sliced turkey or roast beef or a wrap made with seasonal fresh vegetables and hummus. Meet at the Cook-Fuller Nature Center, 8166 Hwy 57, Baileys Harbor. Fees are $15 for Ridges members and $18 for the general public and include your box lunch selection from Top Shelf Café & Gourmet. Please register and make your lunch selection by calling 920-839-2802 no later than 4pm on December 15.

Take a break from the chaos of the holiday season and spend a few hours surrounded by the natural beauty of the Sanctuary at Natural Christmas on Saturday, December 12, 3 – 6pm.

This much-loved Christmas program has become a tradition at The Ridges. Set in the enchantingly decorated rustic cabins, the event features crafts, a wreath-making workshop, treats and seasonal Renaissance music performed  by Dusky Wing. As part of the festivities, the Upper and Lower Range Lights will be open for viewing, and the Range Light boardwalk will be aglow with luminaria.

Admission to Natural Christmas is free. However there is a charge of $10 for the wreath-making workshop which includes materials for one wreath. Additional wreaths and swags are $5 each.

Volunteer bird enthusiasts all over the country are gearing up for the annual Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by the National Audubon Society. The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor coordinates two local bird counts, the Ephraim Count Circle and the Northern Door Count, which are scheduled for Saturday, December 19. This unique program is open to anyone who wishes to view and count birds seen on that day either in the field or at their home bird feeders.

No need to be an expert birder to participate! You don’t even need to walk outside. Many Christmas Birders tally species at their bird feeder, from the warm comfort of their homes. Others will travel afield, searching Door County’s shorelines, roadsides and forests. Past Christmas Bird Counts in northern Door County have revealed both common and unusual birds, everything from frolicking Black-capped Chickadees to Snowy Owls. New counters are always welcome! For additional information on the Christmas Bird Count, contact Brian Forest at 920.829.2802, or brian@ridgessanctuary.org

For more information about these and other programs, visit RidgesSanctuary.org or call 920.839.2802.

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