The 1,100-acre Marion Eppley Wildlife Refuge in South Kingstown and Exeter is Audubon’s largest refuge. Eppley is a mosaic of wet and dry habitats from white cedar swamps, shrub fens, dry pine-oak woodlands and dense thickets of mountain laurel and rhododendron. The refuge is also valued for its protection of several miles of the Queen River, a hotspot of rare aquatic diversity.
Join Scott Ruhren, Audubon’s Senior Director of Conservation, for a trail hike on some new routes through the refuge. We will botanize as we go along as well as discuss plant-animal interactions and the importance of land use, soils and water on the current plant communities.
Parking & Meet Up Location. After driving past the gate at 505 Dugway Bridge Road, proceed down the long driveway to the parking area where we will meet up. Carpooling is always appreciated. (NOTE: If your route to this walk takes you over the Newport Bridge, please know that it is reduced to one lane each direction from August 12 until some time in December. Speed limit will be reduced. There may or may not be delays. Details at http://www.ritba.org)
This walk is a part of our First Thursday Botanizing Walk Series. See our Botanizing Walks home page for important details about these walks.