Ridges Sanctuary Door County Nature Preserve
Ridges Sanctuary is located in Door County, WI. The Nature Preserve is 1600 acres and harbors some rare species of plants.
One of The Most Unique Places to See Plant Life
Cook-Albert Fuller Center
8166 Hwy 57
Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
Admission: $5.00 trail cost for visitors age 18+
Today’s Mission Find the Rare Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly
Today, I am hoping to see the Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly. I have been searching for years and came up empty-handed. But, whether or not I would be lucky enough, doesn’t matter. Just walking the trails at The Ridges Sanctuary is always a good time.
There Is Always Something To See:
There is always something new to point my camera at in any of the four seasons. Last years visit I was hoping to knock the dragonfly and endangered Dwarf Lake Iris wildflowers off my list. Success with the iris.
There are some boardwalk areas that cross over wetlands and pathways all over to follow,
Walking up to one of the wooden boardwalk along the wetlands I ran into this turtle that was unburrying himself from the mud. Along this stretch you can see turtles on logs and along the edges of the wetlands, dragonflies and a variety of birds.
I love to walk the boardwalks and also through the woodlands too.
With around 1600 acres, of property to explore I’m always open to see and explore something new.
Female Whitetail Dragonfly
This isn’t my rare dragonfly but it is a dragonfly? Right? A beautiful large winged dragonfly.
Pictured is a female whitetail dragonfly. The common whitetail dragonfly likes to hang out around ponds and stream edges. You will find them sunning themselves on twigs and branches.
The dragonfly is about two inches in length and will have a broken line running along both tail sections. The males will often have a whitetail.
There are so many dragonflies flying around the area, I’m sure you will find one, too.
The fungi and lichen in the woods are always fairly cool. The knees of my pants are full of dirt and I’m one happy girl.
View of the groundskeeper’s house for the lighthouse, the lighthouse is also on the property. The lighthouse one was taken at night and I have grown to love it, I have it pictured here.
Threatened at Both State & Federal Status
Whooo hooo! I love finding plants that I have never seen and maybe, will never again!
Dune Thistle (Cirsium pitcheri) Wisconsin Status: Threatened Federal Status: Threatened. This thistle is so rare that it is listed both by the State of Wisconsin and by the federal government as “threatened.” Its habitat, the Great Lakes dunes are also threatened.
No Dice on My Emerald for Another Year
So, this visit I was skunked on the Hine’s Emerald dragonfly once again! I did walk plenty of paths, wooden walkways and sat along the shores of the Lake Michigan beach directly across the street. Can’t complain too much. I had the pleasure of seeing a dune thistle and the weather was beautiful!
Want to Visit? I KNOW YOU DO.
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