Entries by Mary

In Memoriam: Joan Pilson

With sadness we announce the passing of RIWPS extraordinary volunteer, Joan Pilson. Joan joined RIPWS shortly after her retirement in 1990 and was soon involved in many aspects of the Society. She was a board member, serving as President from 1993 to 1995 and then as Co-President the following year.

Book Review: Natures Best Hope

– this review by Anne Raver originally appeared in WildflorRI, Spring 2020 Douglas W. Tallamy — Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard  Doug Tallamy begins Nature’s Best Hope, published this year by Timber Press, by tipping his cap to the great conservationists of the 20th century, including Teddy […]

On the Trail with Doug McGrady

I like being on—and off—the trail with Doug McGrady. Sometimes, he veers off into the brush or through the trees or into the swamps, and you just follow. Or not, it’s up to you. I’ve seen more than one cautious soul turn back as Doug keeps a brisk pace up and down hills, across streams too wide to leap (wear boots, balance on rocks or embrace wet feet), through buggy meadows (insect repellent helps), and along marshes stinking of rotting seaweed at low tide.

Haile Farm Preserve, Warren RI

On the Trail – Garry Plunkett WildforaRI, Spring 2020 Haile Farm’s historical narrative is a common one for coastal Rhode Island. A European family settled along rich coastal marshlands and raised livestock with hay from the salt meadows, supplemented by English hay planted on their upland meadows. The farm endured changing times into the 20th […]