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Pictures From the Look & Find Family Nature Walk

February 24th, 2022|Comments Off on Pictures From the Look & Find Family Nature Walk

This week is the Barrington Public School February vacation week, which means it's time for the annual Look & Find Family Nature Walk at Osamequin! This event is a joint effort of the BLCT and the Barrington Public Library. From the Library event page: "Take advantage of this week-long outdoor Look & Find Family Nature Walk & Raffle. At your own leisure, search for hidden clues as you explore the beautiful trails of Osamequin Nature Preserve." Below is a gallery of some great pics already taken at the Preserve, and click here to read more about it at the Library [...]

Check Out the Winter 2022 Newsletter!

February 7th, 2022|Comments Off on Check Out the Winter 2022 Newsletter!

The Winter 2022 Newsletter is getting mailed out this week, and if you just want to read it online, click here or on the thumbnail image below. If you want our newsletters emailed directly to you every quarter, fill out the form on our website here and we’ll add you to the list (you can unsubscribe anytime). We hope you enjoy the newsletter and please forward it to anyone in the Barrington community that might enjoy it, and if you have new neighbors, please get it to them when you’re finished with it.

Clearing Prickers at Sowams

January 20th, 2022|Comments Off on Clearing Prickers at Sowams

Back in December, a group of Barrington High School students led by BLCT volunteers Cindy Pierce, Ellen Berren, Sara Horvet and Victor Lerish went into Sowams Woods to cut back prickers from the wild blueberry bushes. The BLCT is an all-volunteer organization, and we rely on the generosity of the Barrington community to keep our properties in great shape. If you'd like to find out how you can help, send an email to Victor at volunteers@blct.org  

Eagle Scout builds bridge at Johannis

January 6th, 2022|Comments Off on Eagle Scout builds bridge at Johannis

Barrington Scout Dane Winquist recently completed his Eagle Scout project by constructing a bog walk/bridge about 16 feet in length over a perennially wet area of trail at Johannis Wildlife Refuge, a BLCT property off of Sowams Rd. The new bridge replaced planks and logs that had been placed over the area, but were uneven and a challenge to walk over for the non sure-footed. It makes that part of the trail more pleasant and safer to traverse.  

Check Out The Fall 2021 Newsletter!

December 16th, 2021|Comments Off on Check Out The Fall 2021 Newsletter!

The Fall 2021 Newsletter is getting mailed out this week, and if you just want to read it online, click here or on the thumbnail image below. If you want our newsletters emailed directly to you every quarter, fill out the form on our website here and we’ll add you to the list (you can unsubscribe anytime). We hope you enjoy the newsletter and please forward it to anyone in the Barrington community that might enjoy it, and if you have new neighbors, please get it to them when you're finished with it.

Day After Thanksgiving Walk at Johannis

November 10th, 2021|Comments Off on Day After Thanksgiving Walk at Johannis

Friday November 26th 10:00am-12:00pm OptOutside this year and spend time with family and friends at Johannis, a 32 acre wildlife preserve located on the Palmer River in Barrington. Johannis will be open from 10:00-12:00, you can arrive at anytime during these hours and walk the preserve at your own pace. An RSVP is required to attend. Please send your name and the number of attendees to education@blct.org. Johannis is located on Sowams Road .7 miles north of Sowams Elementary School. Parking is available on site. The walk is approximately 30 minutes over wet and moderate terrain. Wear boots! Severe weather [...]

Tips for Growing Native Plants

October 29th, 2021|Comments Off on Tips for Growing Native Plants

Article & Photo by Mary L Grover When adding native plants, try to add a variety of plants that bloom from spring to fall. Most people plant wildflowers that only bloom in summer.  Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds need nectar from spring to late fall. It is best to plant wildflowers in masses.  Large patches of color will help to attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bees.  Example:  group 5 wildflowers or more of the same type together rather than just one or two plants. Many of our bumblebees are endangered, especially the long-tongue bumblebees.  Consider adding wildflowers that have a trumpet shape [...]

Story Walk at Sowams Woods

October 14th, 2021|Comments Off on Story Walk at Sowams Woods

The BLCT is partnering once again with the The Barrington Public Library for a story walk at Sowams Woods. From the BPL website: Take a family hike and enjoy a special Story Walk at Sowams Woods (NOT Sowams School), a Barrington Land Conservation Trust property. Stroll this one-mile loop and read Memory Jars by Vera Brosgol while you enjoy the beautiful trails of this protected property. The Barrington Land Conservation Trust, Inc. is a private, non-profit, tax-exempt group. Its purpose is to preserve the remaining natural resources of Barrington, Rhode Island and adjacent areas including water resources, streams, ponds, marshlands, woodlands, and scenic and natural sites, as well as the plant and [...]

The Buzz About Bees

October 7th, 2021|Comments Off on The Buzz About Bees

This article first appeared in the BLCT Summer 2021 Newsletter. If you would like to receive the BLCT quarterly newsletter, click here to go to our sign-up page. By Ann Brouillette. Photos by Mary Grover Most of us who have heard that bees are in trouble think of honey bees. Honey bees are used all over the world to pollinate agricultural crops and, of course, to make honey. While honey bees are in trouble, they are not native to North America and they are not the bees we are talking about when we encourage people to plant native plants and [...]

BLCT is Thankful for Legacy Gifts

September 30th, 2021|Comments Off on BLCT is Thankful for Legacy Gifts

This article first appeared in the BLCT Summer 2021 Newsletter. If you would like to receive the BLCT quarterly newsletter, click here to go to our sign-up page. The Barrington Land Conservation Trust gratefully acknowledges two supporters, Priscilla Randall and Robert Faulkner, who left legacies to BLCT to continue their long-term support of environmental conservation. Priscilla Randall was a landscape architect whose work can be seen throughout the world. She spent the last years of her life in a cottage on the edge of Allins Cove. When faced with a terminal illness, Ms. Randall drafted her will to include several [...]