Saturday, March 3, 6:15pm
In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb: Ice Formations of Lake Michigan
New Buffalo Lakefront Parks and Beach

lake ice

Catch a beautiful New Buffalo Harbor Sunset with the Harbor Country Hikers. While waiting for the sun to go down, HCH Board member Janet Schrader and President Pat Fisher will explain the origins of the many ice formations found along the shores of Lake Michigan. Weather permitting, you may see some first-hand. Janet (the “Sand Pirate”) has spent many, many hours searching for beach treasures and Pat has hiked hundreds of miles of the shoreline during winter months. You will most likely hear a few tales of woe and wonder from Janet and Pat and–fingers crossed–witness a gorgeous sunset. The sun sets officially at 6:40; twilights usually last half an hour and can be more interesting than the sunset. Hope for clear or partly cloudy skies on Michigan’s Sunset Coast.
Directions: From the traffic light in downtown New Buffalo, head north (towards the lake). Once you cross the bridge over the Galien, bear right at the curve and enter the beach parking lot on the left (200 Marquette Drive). We’ll assemble on the leeward side of the white block building.
Estimated Presentation Time: 20 minutes
Estimated Time in Weather: Up to 1 hour
Hiking Distance: Short
Physical Difficulty: Easy, but cold and windy
Hike Leaders: Janet Schrader and Pat Fisher


(Other hiking- and nature-related activities in the community)

Special Meeting of the Chikaming Township Park Board
Saturday, Feb. 24, 1pm, Chikaming Township Center

The Chikaming Township Park Board has asked the Township to pass a resolution to support pursuit of a grant from the Michigan DNR to help fund acquisition of a parcel of lakefront land adjacent to Cherry Beach. This special meeting is an opportunity to learn more about and comment on the potential acquisition. For information, go to 189962/.

Shirley Heinz Land Trust Coming Events

Sat., June 2, 7:30-10:30pm (central time): Birding Hike, Nature Conservancy’s Efroymson Restoration, Kankakee Sands near Morocco, IN.
Sat., June 16, 9am-noon (central time): Rare plants and insects at Suman Fen. Leader is Derek Nimitz, Indiana Division Nature Preserves regional ecologist.
Sat., June 30, 9am-noon (central time): Milkweeds and other native plants in midsummer bloom, Cressmore Prairie Nature Preserve. Leader is botanist Nathanael Pilla.
All events are limited to 15 people, and advance registration and payment are required. Cost is $25 per person. For more information visit or call 219-242-8558.

Sarett Nature Center Events

Sun., Feb 25, 2pm (eastern time): Bluebirds. Learn to create successful bluebird habitats. Presentation: $3 for adults, $1 for kids, free for members. Birdhouse construction fee: $18 for members, $20 for nonmembers. Call 269-927-4832 to register.