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Birds of the East Bay and Land Trust Annual Meeting

May 23rd, 2024|Comments Off on Birds of the East Bay and Land Trust Annual Meeting

Butch Lombardi’s nature photographs have graced the pages of Yankee Magazine, East Bay Newspapers, The Providence Journal, The Boston Globe, and publications by the Audubon Society of RI, the National Wildlife Federation and the Academy of Natural Science. Over his five decades of fascination with bird photography, Butch has collected images and stories that will heighten your appreciation for the birds right here in the East Bay. REGISTER FOR THE EVENT Join us for “Birds of the East Bay” featuring Butch’s remarkable photographs on Tuesday, June 11, at 6:30 pm at the Barrington Public Library in the Salem Family Auditorium. Prior to [...]

Join the Student Stewardship Team

May 6th, 2024|Comments Off on Join the Student Stewardship Team

Registration is now open for the Student Stewardship Team of the Barrington Land Conservation Trust. Students aged 14-18 earn community service hours for their time and take an active role in preserving Barrington’s natural environment. Launched in May 2023, the Student Stewardship Team has contributed more than 170 hours of volunteer time in the last year. Projects have included: Maintaining and improving nature trails in Barrington’s public preserves Planting native trees and plants Removing invasive plants Assisting in management of cleanups Building protective screens for the Terrapin Conservation Project Photography and filmmaking Website design and updates Managing registration for the [...]

Guided Walk: Doug Rayner Wildlife Refuge

May 6th, 2024|Comments Off on Guided Walk: Doug Rayner Wildlife Refuge

Experience the peak of springtime flora and fauna at the Doug Rayner Wildlife Refuge on Wed., June 19 at 9 am or Sat., June 22 at 10 am. These walks are limited in size to ensure the best possible experience for participants. To register for any of these walks, visit our Events Page. The walks will be led by Peter McCalmont, Chairman of the Doug Rayner Wildlife Refuge Management Committee, and Charlie Brown, retired wildlife biologist with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Co-Chair of the Management Committee and Co-Manager of the Refuge.  The Refuge is located on Nockum [...]

D’Ambra Realty Donation Expands Nature Preserve

March 27th, 2024|Comments Off on D’Ambra Realty Donation Expands Nature Preserve

Mike and Gary D'Ambra stand at the edge of the property just donated by their company, D'Ambra Realty. There’s a corner of Barrington along Wampanoag Trail where you can look across the highway to Osamequin Nature Preserve, but you can’t find a wilderness trail on your side of the road. That’s about to change. Barrington resident Gary D’Ambra of D’Ambra Realty Corp. recently donated more than two acres of open space to the Barrington Land Conservation Trust. The land abuts a nine-acre parcel D’Ambra donated to the Town several years ago, creating 12 acres of uninterrupted open space. [...]

Learning Series: “This Land Is Your Land”

March 26th, 2024|Comments Off on Learning Series: “This Land Is Your Land”

Bill Kirkpatrick, Property Steward of Johannis Farm Wildlife Preserve The Barrington Land Conservation Trust will celebrate Earth Day this year with its next Learning Series event, “This Land Is Your Land,” a virtual tour of Barrington’s conservation properties The  event will take place Wednesday, April 24, at 7 pm at the Barrington Public Library, 281 County St., Barrington. Through pictures and stories, guests will be introduced to hundreds of acres of conservation land in Barrington. “This Land Is Your Land” is free and open to the public. Registration is required as space is limited in the Salem Family [...]

“Earth Day Eve” Cleanup at Allin’s Cove

March 26th, 2024|Comments Off on “Earth Day Eve” Cleanup at Allin’s Cove

In preparation for Earth Day, let’s put a shine on one of Barrington’s most beautiful coastal properties, Allin’s Cove Conservation Area. Join us Sunday, April 21, from 1 to 3 pm to help us clean up litter as well as debris that has washed ashore over the winter. All ages are welcome with parental supervision. REGISTER FOR THE CLEAN UP We’ll share the history and environmental challenges of this property, which includes land owned by the Land Trust, Town and State. Visit this page for more information about Allin’s Cove Conservation Area.

Keep It Wild – Support Us During 401Gives

March 26th, 2024|Comments Off on Keep It Wild – Support Us During 401Gives

On Monday, April 1, the Barrington Land Conservation Trust will once again participate in 401Gives, Rhode Island's special day of giving organized by United Way of Rhode Island. We would be grateful for your support at any level. Donate Here on April 1 to support us during 401Gives. Here's why we need your support on April 1. Keep it Wild Fields, forests, coastlines... these open spaces renew our spirit and provide essential habitats for animals who live in the wild. The Barrington Land Conservation Trust has preserved more than 300 acres of natural open space since its founding in 1979. [...]

Behind the Scenes: Terrapin Conservation Project

February 20th, 2024|Comments Off on Behind the Scenes: Terrapin Conservation Project

Join us on Tues., March 12, at 6:45 pm at the Barrington Public Library for "Behind the Scenes: The Terrapin Conservation Project." REGISTER FOR THE EVENT Every year in late spring, a miraculous thing happens in a remote corner of Barrington, RI. Hundreds of rare Diamondback Terrapin turtles come ashore to lay their eggs, ensuring the survival of their species for another generation. Just as remarkable are the dozens of volunteers who spend hours preparing for their arrival.  At this special event, you'll hear directly from volunteers who are there to greet the nesting turtles, protect their nests, watch the [...]

“Gather” – A Film about Traditional Foodways

February 7th, 2024|Comments Off on “Gather” – A Film about Traditional Foodways

Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7 pm for a screening of the documentary, Gather, followed by a discussion of the movie. Pokanoket Sachem Tracey "Dancing Star" Brown will introduce the move and provide a land acknowledgment. The event will take place in the Salem Family Auditorium at the Barrington Public Library, 281 County St., Barrington, RI. There is no Zoom option for this event. Gather follows the stories of Indigenous Peoples on the frontlines of a growing movement to reconnect with spiritual and cultural identities through a closer connection to their traditional foodways and native plants. REGISTER FOR THE [...]

Pollinator Pathway Meet Up – Tues., Feb. 6, 6:30 pm

December 28th, 2023|Comments Off on Pollinator Pathway Meet Up – Tues., Feb. 6, 6:30 pm

Are you already missing your time in the garden? Did you have an amazing growing season, or do you have more questions than answers when it comes to this native plant gardening business? Join the Pollinator Pathway group on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 pm in the Salem Family Auditorium at the Barrington Public Library for a casual sharing of ideas and questions, whether it’s about or how to speak with your neighbors about the “tidiness” of your space, or “what on earth is a nativar”? You can send us 3-5 photos of your garden (by January 28 please) and [...]

Clean Up – Osamequin Nature Preserve – Saturday, Jan. 27, 1 pm – 3 pm

December 28th, 2023|Comments Off on Clean Up – Osamequin Nature Preserve – Saturday, Jan. 27, 1 pm – 3 pm

Winter is a great time to collect litter that can be hard to see when the leaves are out and the plants are in full bloom. Help us keep Osamequin Nature Preserve pristine by joining our clean up on Saturday, Jan. 27. The clean up will begin at 10 am and end at noon, but we welcome you to come even if you can only stay fora half hour. Many hands make light work!  All ages are welcome; parents must be responsible for the safety of their own children. REGISTER FOR THE CLEAN UP We'll notify registrants if the clean [...]

Dziedzic Family Preserve

December 28th, 2023|Comments Off on Dziedzic Family Preserve

The Dziedzic Family Preserve was donated to the Barrington Land Conservation Trust in September 2023. The property is not yet open to the public as trails are now being mapped and constructed. We expect to open the trails to the public by the summer of 2024. The following story appeared first in the Barrington Times. Left to right: Victor Lerish, chair of the Land Trust's Stewardship Committee, Paul Dziedzic, Mary (Dziedzic) D'Arrigo, Joe Dziedzic, and Mary's husband, Joe D'Arrigo, gather on the property their family has donated to the Barrington Land Conservation Trust. More than 100 years ago, [...]

Winter Wellness Walks in December

November 20th, 2023|Comments Off on Winter Wellness Walks in December

As the days get shorter and the temperature drops, it’s tempting to curl up inside by a fire or exercise indoors. Research shows, however, that outdoor exercise can boost your physical and mental wellness during the winter. To encourage healthy time in the outdoors this winter, the Barrington Land Conservation Trust is offering a series of “Winter Wellness Walks” at conservation properties throughout Barrington. “These walks will be different than our traditional guided walks,” says Land Trust Executive Director Cindy Elder. “Since it’s cold outside, we’re going to keep moving at a moderate pace rather than stopping to explain the [...]

Day After Thanksgiving Walk at Johannis Farm Wildlife Preserve

October 30th, 2023|Comments Off on Day After Thanksgiving Walk at Johannis Farm Wildlife Preserve

On the day after Thanksgiving, walk at your own pace and discover one of Barrington's rarely seen wilderness areas with the Barrington Land Conservation Trust. On Friday Nov. 24, between 11 am and 1 pm, Land Trust volunteers will be stationed at waypoints to guide visitors through the Johannis Farm Wildlife Preserve, a 32-acre expanse of field, forest and wetland between Sowams Road and the Palmer River. REGISTER FOR THE EVENT. Dogs are not allowed because of the birds and animals that make this wildlife preserve their home. You may arrive anytime between 11 am and 1 pm. Johannis Farm [...]

Elizabeth Rush Book Tour: The Quickening

October 30th, 2023|Comments Off on Elizabeth Rush Book Tour: The Quickening

2023 Land Trust Learning Series Register to Attend the Presentation IN PERSON Register to LIVESTREAM the Presentation Elizabeth Rush joins us to celebrate the release of her new book, The Quickening: Creation and Community at the Ends of the Earth. Books will be available for sale beginning at 6 pm. Pulitzer-prize nominated author Elizabeth Rush tackles three daunting topics in her new book: Antarctica, climate change and motherhood. Author Robin Wall Kimmerer describes The Quickening as “an immersive journey through both exterior and interior landscapes, deftly crossing the boundaries between the frigid Antarctic and the warm heart.” In 2019, fifty-seven scientists and crew [...]

Leave the Leaves – Pollinators Will Thank You!

October 30th, 2023|Comments Off on Leave the Leaves – Pollinators Will Thank You!

Barrington’s Pollinator Pathway is growing, join us in this exciting movement to amplify BLCT’s efforts to preserve biodiversity and bolster resiliency in our community. Visit our Pollinator Pathway page to explore resources, watch a recording of the project launch, explore an interactive map to find neighbors already on the Pathway, and add yourself if you haven’t joined yet! With the days getting shorter and temps getting cooler, you may be wondering where those fascinating pollinators you enjoyed watching this summer will spend the upcoming winter. A few well-known species like hummingbirds, monarch butterflies and painted lady butterflies will make a [...]

Land Trust Issues FY23 Annual Report

August 4th, 2023|Comments Off on Land Trust Issues FY23 Annual Report

The Barrington Land Conservation Trust had a busy year in Fiscal Year 2023 (June 1, 2022 - May 31, 2023).  Find out how volunteers and philanthropic work made it possible for us to manage nearly 300 acres of open land, host hundreds of people on public walks, provide a free lecture series, andoffer free programs in our schools. Flip Through the digital version of our FY23 Annual Report. We need your help in the year ahead to continue preserving land and engaging the public in conservation issues. Your support is greatly appreciated! Support the Barrington Land Conservation Trust Thank you!

iNaturalist – An Essential Tool for Citizen Scientists

June 23rd, 2023|Comments Off on iNaturalist – An Essential Tool for Citizen Scientists

By Norman Dudziak, P.E., I.M. Science Liaison, Barrington Land Conservation Trust & Sally Johnson, Native Plant Horticulturalist Owner, ecoastal design The crown jewel of citizen science for biological nature observations is “iNaturalist,” a social network with over 2.6 million participants. Using iNaturalist, accessible at www.iNaturalist.org, a growing community of citizen scientists is expanding our knowledge about the wild living world by crowdsourcing data collection and identification. “Citizen” in this context is shorthand for “Citizen of the World” and does not relate to legal status. Norman Dudziak photographed this invasive autumn olive at the Seaview Marsh on October 1, 2020 [...]

Land Trust Elects Four New Board Members

June 9th, 2023|Comments Off on Land Trust Elects Four New Board Members

Annual Meeting reflects on a year of community building and progress The membership of the Barrington Land Conservation Trust elected four new board members to its Board of Directors at its annual meeting on Wednesday, June 7, at the Barrington Public Library. All are Barrington residents who bring a diversity of qualifications and life experience to these leadership roles. The Trust also honored three departing board members who have volunteered their skills for many years: Mary Grover, Co-Chair of the Education Committee; Debra Provolo, Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair; and Michael Gorfinkle, Secretary. Departing Board Members Mary Grover, Michael [...]