Stream with wetland vegetation along the shore and conifer forest in the background
Shivering Sands Preserve: Located on Lake Michigan in Door County, Shivering Sands is exceptional in both size and natural diversity. © Gerald H. Emmerich, Jr.

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Coastal Forests and Birds of Shivering Sands


The forest and wetland complex known as Shivering Sands encompasses five square miles of forested sand dunes interspersed with wet swales, lowland conifer forest, rocky uplands, small shallow lakes, several streams and springs, sedge meadows and fens.  Located on Lake Michigan, the area is exceptional in both size and natural community diversity. Accordingly, Shivering Sands also boasts a wide array of migratory and resident bird species. This 1-mile walk will emphasize the hydrology and ecology of Shivering Sand’s coastal forests, as well as the birds that rely on them. The walk will be largely on trails, though some off-trail wandering may occur. 

Limit 20 participants. Please RSVP to Joy Manweiler Bastian ( or 920-333-1751) by Tuesday, June 18.

What to Bring/Wear: Dress for the weather. You may want to bring water, a hat, sunscreen, bug repellent. Long pants are recommended and good walking shoes. Binoculars are encouraged as we’ll be visiting during the breeding season of our resident woodland birds.

Directions: Meet at the DNR’s north parking lot for Shivering Sands State Natural Area. From Sturgeon Bay, travel east off State Highway 42/57 on County Road T for 4 miles. Turn north (left) onto Glidden Drive and continue north until just past 4605 County Road T/Glidden Drive. There is a brown “Shivering Sands State Natural Area” sign marking the driveway.