Monday, October 22, 2012
The Barrington Land Conservation Trust is looking for help to replace invasive plants with native plants at Allin's Cove.
A three-year effort by the Barrington Land Conservation Trust to replace invasive knotweed and phragmites with native plants at Allin’s Cove continues on Saturday morning, Oct. 27, during low tide. “We need a lot of help to plant 300 shrubs and small trees on the upland bank at Byway Road,” said Beth Rondeau of the Land Trust. The Land Trust wants to get all of the plants into the ground in about two hours during low tide, Rondeau said. Volunteers will be there from about 9 to 11 am. “This would make a great group service project,” said Helen Tjader of the Land Trust. “Get outdoors and enjoy the fall beauty of the cove as we restore the shoreline.” Please bring a shovel if you have one, they said. Meet at 28 Byway Road. Park on Green …
Friday, October 5, 2012
A trail in Veterans Memorial Park in Barrington will be improved from 9 to 11 am on Saturday, Oct. 6; other volunteers are welcome.
The new Townwide Trails Team takes on its first project Saturday morning, Oct. 6. The trails team will meet in Veterans Memorial Park to spread stone dust around tree roots and improve the entrance to a trail between 9 and 11 am. If you want to volunteer to help, the team won’t turn you away. Volunteers also will give the park a fall litter pickup and trail trimming, said Helen Tjader of the trails team. Bring a shovel and clippers if you have them, she said. “We will also have tools on hand,” said Tjader. “Park in the back parking lot beyond the Bayside Y. Meet at the kiosk at the back parking lot. You should dress for the day's weather. Long pants, gloves and sturdy shoes are recommended. Insect repellant is advisable year-round for tick…
The Barrington Preservation Society wants to protect the historic area from housing developments similar to the condos proposed for that spot.
A push to protect the Nockum Hill area of Barrington from development by making it into some sort of historic site is on. The Barrington Preservation Society pinpointed the area as the birthplace of the First Baptist Church in Massachusetts late Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 3, with a presentation at the John Myles monolith that recognizes the founding of the church in 1663 on land that was then Sowams tribal territory, now part of Barrington. “We don’t know exactly where we’re talking about,” said Nat Taylor, a historian from Barrington who has studied extensively the history of the area. “But we think it’s over there,” he said, pointing to the location of the Dane Farm off of George Street. “Or across the street” -- the site of the proposed …
Friday, September 14, 2012
An organizational meeting of volunteers who want to join an environmental 'Trails Team' is being held next Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the Barrington Town Hall.
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Friday, September 14, 2012
Volunteer if you can help to improve the parks in Barrington. An organizational meeting of volunteers who want to serve on a "Townwide Trails Team" will be held next Wednesday evening, Sept. 19. The meeting runs from 7 to 9 pm in the Council Chamber in Town Hall. Recent projects and hikes at Veterans Memorial Park have been the work of a partnership with the Barrington Land Conservation Trust, Town of Barrington, Barrington Conservation Commission, Barrington Preservation Society, Bayside YMCA, Boy Scouts, Friends of Legion Way, and the National Park Service's River and Trails Program, said Helen Hersh Tjader of the Barrington Land Conservaton Trust. Now, as the second year of the National Park Service grant wraps up, said Beth Rondeau of …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Johannis Farm off of Sowams Road will be opened to tours on Saturday, Sept. 8, with guides from the Barrington Land Conservation Trust.
Take a hike of historic Johannis Farm on Saturday, Sept. 8, with the Barrington Land Conservation Trust. The tour is part of the Land Trust Days sponsored by the Rhode Island Land Trust Council. "The event is a unique opportunity to visit an early coastal farm that is not open to the public," according to Beth Rondeau of the Barrington land trust. "You will learn about the natural and human history of the Johannis Farm," said Rondeau. Plan to arrive between 10 am and noon at Sowams Elementary School at 364 Sowams Road. A land trust member will bring you to the farm. The walk is approximately 1 to 2 miles, rated “easy” and open to all, said Rondeau. Tick and bug protection is advised. No registration is required. The rain date is Sunday, …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Barrington Land Conservation Trust and Bayside YMCA are teaming up to host an 'All Around Summer Family Night' -- one of a host of Land Trust Days being celebrated statewide.
Celebrate one of Barrington's natural wonders today with with the Barrington Land Conservation Trust and the Bayside YMCA. Veterans Memorial Park adjacent to the YMCA will be offering guided trail walks, field games, swimming, music and hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. The event is one of the Rhode Island Land Trust Days that started last Saturday and run for six weeks through Sept. 29. The “All Around Summer Family Night” starts at 4:30 pm. Park in the lot by the YMCA, which lies adjacent to the park. Everything is free of charge. Helen Tjader of the Barrington Land Conservation Trust and the Land Trust Council, has been an active member in planning the event, as she does for most local Land Trust activities. “The land trusts across …
Friday, August 10, 2012
Veterans Memorial Park and Johannis Farm in Barrington are among the preserved natural areas that are part of the RI Land Trust Council's six-week celebration.
Two of the natural areas preserved by the land trust in Barrington are part of the first-ever Rhode Island Land Trust Days that run from Saturday, Aug. 11, to Saturday, Sept. 29. The Land Trust Days, sponsored by the RI Land Trust Council, include six weeks of outdoor activities to celebrate natural areas like Veterans Memorial Park in Barrington and Johannis Farm that are just a short walk away. You can take guided hikes of these natural areas and many more throughout the state, many of which have historic and cultural value above and beyond their natural beauty, according to the Land Trust Council. Veterans Memorial Park adjacent to the Bayside YMCA is the location for a “day” on Wednesday, Aug. 15, that starts at 4:30 pm. The Barrington…
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The Barrington Land Conservation Trust hosts another walk to find dragonflies and damselflies at Echo Lake.
Join what is becoming an annual search for dragonflies and damselflies in Barrington on Saturday morning, July 14, with an expert on the subjects. The Barrington Land Conservation Trust is hosting the event at Echo Lake. You are invited to join Ginger Brown, the author of two books on the insects. The search is described as an exploration for “dashers, skimmers and dancers,” according to Beth Rondeau of the land trust. It starts at 10:30 am. Brown wrote “Dragonflies and Damselflies of Cape Cod” and is writing “Dragonflies and Damselflies of Rhode Island.” Meet at the land trust’s Sowams Woods sign on South Lake Drive. Park along Lighthouse Lane just across Washington Road. There is no parking on South Lake Drive. Rondeau recommends that …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
June is the month that the diamondback terrapins in Barrington's Hundred Acre Cove emerge from hibernation to lay eggs in the Doug Rayner Wildlife Refuge.
June is the month that diamondback terrapins emerge from their winter hibernation to lay eggs in the Doug Rayner Wildlife Refuge in Barrington, according to ecori.org. And for 23 years, Charlotte Sornberger of Barrington has been tracking the terrapins as they nest for the Barrington Land Conservation Trust. She also places metal baskets – excluders – to protect the eggs from predators, according to ecori.org. As of several days ago, 136 females had been tracked. You can view the terrapins as they make their way up the cliffs. The best times are at high tide on sunny days. See the video of the terrapins done by Tim Faulkner of Barrington, a reporter for ecori.org.
Monday, June 11, 2012
The annual meeting of the Barrington Land Conservation Trust on Tuesday evening features a talk by science writer Todd McLeish.
A talk on rare wildlife in southern New England will highlight the annual meeting of the Barrington Land Conservation Trust tomorrow night, June 12. The meeting will be held in the Barrington library auditorium. It starts at 7 pm. The meeting is open to the public. Nature writer and author Todd McLeish will talk about wildlife and environmental issues after a brief business meeting. McLeish has been writing about these issues for more than 20 years. See his biography by clicking here. McLeish has examined the return of wild fishers to southern New England, the impact of gulls on offshore islands, and the effort to do a census on dragonflies in Rhode Island. McLeish is a writer and publicist for the University of Rhode Island. He has …