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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 […]




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Escaping Winter

by Caitlin on February 20, 2014 · 1 comment

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Image credits 1, 3, 4, and flamingo So are you tired of the cold and dreary weather, but can’t afford to fly to a warmer location? Me too. Here are some wacky ways to escape winter (even if only for a bit), no matter where you are. ONE. Treat yourself to some divine-smelling shower supplies. […]

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Ban the Bag

by Caitlin on February 6, 2014 · 1 comment

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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 […]

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The RISD Nature Lab, Providence, RI

by Caitlin on February 5, 2014 · 0 comments

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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 […]


Logee’s Greenhouse, Killingly, CT

by Caitlin on January 29, 2014 · 0 comments

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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 […]


It started with a well

by Caitlin on January 22, 2014 · 0 comments

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In some parts of the world, things we often take for granted, such as access to clean water or education, make a huge difference. Not only to an individual’s quality of life, but to an entire community’s ability to flourish. After Liberia’s civil war ended in 2003, a man named Edward returned to his home […]


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Now that it’s winter in Rhode Island, I’m finding myself more often in the mood to visit museums and greenhouses than to hike outside. The Roger Williams Park Museum of Natural History was perfect for a Sunday afternoon excursion in winter. The natural history museum is small, but has several permanent exhibits covering planetary science, […]


Snowshoeing in Weetamoo Woods

by Caitlin on January 9, 2014 · 0 comments

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I’ve written about Weetamoo Woods before, but this time we went specifically to snowshoe. Here in Rhode Island, we don’t often get enough accumulation to use snowshoes. I’ll always remember how pathetic I must have looked the year I got them as a Christmas gift and in my excitement proceeded to try to use them […]


Lyman Reserve, Wareham, MA

by Caitlin on January 2, 2014 · 0 comments

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Lyman Reserve is another fabulous property in the Massachusetts Trustees of Reservations system. We ventured out there on a chilly New Year’s Day. As we pulled into the parking area, I realized we’d been there before, also in winter, about two years ago. I can only image how different it is in the summer, I’m […]