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Surprise Lotus Pond

For the past two years, I’ve heard a few people mention this random lotus pond on the road to Wickford Village (RI). But whenever I drove by the area that people described, I could never find the plants, even after looking up directions online. Last week I was driving towards Wickford from Narragansett in a hurry to get somewhere […] Read more…

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Book Recommendation: Blue Highways

 photo credit Blue Highways is the story of author William Least Heat Moon’s journey through the United States in a van in the early 1980′s. He sets out after a breaking up with his wife and losing his job to take to “the open road in search of places where change did not mean ruin and where time and […] Read more…

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Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge

The Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge lies on a bluff overlooking second beach in Middletown, RI. The small peninsula was once used for grazing livestock and farming before it became a military outpost in World War II. The Refuge was established in 1970, following a 70 acre donation from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, and now totals over […] Read more…

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The wild side of Bristol

Bristol, RI is probably most famous for being home to the oldest continuous Independence Day Celebration in the country. Seriously, people start yelling “Happy Fourth (or Fowth depending on how long you’ve lived in RI for)” to each other in early June.  The whole two weeks leading up to the parade is slightly chaotic mix of free outdoor […] Read more…

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Woods Hole Science Aquarium

  If you didn’t know any better, you’d think that Wood’s Hole, MA is just another quaint seaside village that comes to life with summer tourists. It has delicious restaurants, cute shops, and beautiful ocean views. But there are so many more amazing things going on behind the walls of those small and historic New England cottages and old brick buildings […] Read more…

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Honey Tasting and Bee Lecture

Each year, the Bristol Land Conservation Trust, for which I am a volunteer hosts a lecture.  This year was all about the Honey Bee. Our board president, Raymon Payson met a beekeeper named Jon Nelson who has created a no-kill method of removing unwanted bees from people’s houses and landscapes. Besides being a more humane […] Read more…

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Ban the Bag

Last week in Rhode Island, a bill was introduced to the House of Representatives that would ban plastic checkout bags statewide.  Environment Rhode Island has been working tirelessly to educate our state about the issue and encourage passage of the bill. Tonight I attended a letter-writing party and submitted the following letter to the editor to […] Read more…

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The RISD Nature Lab, Providence, RI

The Rhode Island School of Design (aka RISD) maintains a very special place to inspire their students to engage with our biological realm. The Nature Lab was created in 1937 by faculty member Edna Lawrence, for the purpose of “supporting hands-on creative investigation and research into the relationships inherent in the dynamic living world.” This […] Read more…

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Logee’s Greenhouse, Killingly, CT

Logee’s Greenhouse is a paradise of exotic plants located in an unassuming town in Connecticut. They are well-known for their unique selection of plants which are prized by people all over the country. I am horrible at keeping houseplants alive, so Jeff and I went to their greenhouse just to gaze at the gorgeous specimens […] Read more…

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