Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the pulpit), photo GGardner
As winter descends upon us and we seek comfort in the warmth of our homes, we can appreciate the value of the native plants we have enjoyed all year as they help sustain wildlife throughout the coming season. During the cold and snowy months ahead, seeds, berries, and even frozen maple sap will help many creatures as they endeavor to survive the severe conditions of an often-harsh landscape. Native plants help shore up the winter diets of birds and other animals and provide lifesaving nourishment for them.
The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society’s mission to appreciate, protect and study native plants and their habitats educates people to understand the many ways in which native plants are important to our lives and to the world, we live in. As more native habitats are protected and more native flowers and plants and trees are planted, the more sustenance these sometimes fragile animal populations have to endure a difficult season, and the more enjoyment we get out of watching them in our gardens and yards as they become more visible in the black and white world of winter.
Thank you for all your contributions to the work of RIWPS and for your support and guidance. The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society would not exist without its dedicated volunteers. Please consider a contribution to the Annual Fund. Even a small amount helps ensure that we will have an organization we can be proud of in the years to come.
Susan T. Shuster