American Experience: Rachel Carson
Friday, January 26, 2018
7pm – LC Community Center
A profile of scientist and writer Rachel L. Carson (1907-1964), whose 1962 book Silent Spring helped launch the modern environmental movement.
Forest Man & Flight of the Butterflies
Saturday, March 24, 2018
7pm – LC Community Center
Forest Man is the story of Jadav Payeng, an Indian man who single-handedly planted nearly 1400 acres of forest to save his island, Majuli. The second movie about butterflies is a film of hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries and along their migratory routes from Canada and across the U.S. to Mexico.
Chasing Coral Movie
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Click here for more information.
Sakonnet Preservation hosted the Eastern RI Conservation District’s Winter Moth Program with Heather Flaubert. This moth is an invasive pest introduced into North America from Europe. With no natural enemies, the winter moth population is exploding. These caterpillars are devastating Rhode Island trees, including fruit trees and backyard ornamentals. Come learn more about this pest and what steps you can take to protect your backyard trees, woodlots, and orchards, and reduce the extent of winter moth defoliation. Click here to view the presentation.
Sakonnet Preservation Association, the Little Compton Garden Club and The Nature Conservancy of RI (TNC) co-sponsored local wildlife photographer Geoff Dennis and TNC’s Science Program Assistant Jeanne Parente for an entertaining slideshow about the life of the charismatic Piping Plover and a discussion of the successes and challenges protecting them.
BioBlitz & Nature Day in Little Compton
Over 1,200 species were identified during this weekend event. The RI Natural History Survey staff returned to summarize the results of June 2015 BioBlitz gathering of local flora and fauna. Hundreds of specimens were collected or observed by volunteers from near and far who spread out on the Ponderosa, the Dundery Brook Trail, Goosewing Beach and Quicksand Pond over a 24 hour period. Click here for results of the 2015 Event.
Bobolink: Conservation Challenges & Opportunities in New England
Dr. Noah Perlut, assistant professor at the University of New England, has spent years researching how field management practices affect grass-nesting birds, particularly Bobolinks. This program was free and open to the public. Sponsored by Sakonnet Preservation Association & Little Compton Garden Club. Click here for more information.
Technology Reveals Hidden New England Heritage
Katharine Johnson presented her research on Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR). Click here to read an Article in Journal of Archaeological Science discussing her research. Sponsors for this program were the Tiverton Land Trust & Sakonnet Preservation Association.
Connecting Corridors – Restoring Native Habitats One Native Plant at a Time
In 2006 the Polly Hill Arboretum launched an innovative new native plant production program
called MV Wildtype. Now, the model program produces over 40 native species grown
from locally collected seed. Under Tim Boland’s leadership this model program helps landowners and conservation groups restore habitat and reconnect fragmented landscapes with native plants. It also includes efforts to assess the health of essential insect pollinators. This event was sponsored by the Rhode Island Natural Survey and hosted by the Sakonnet Preservation Association with additional support from the Sogkonate Garden Club and the Little Compton Garden Club.
It was a glorious sunny day at the P.T. Marvell Preserve, even though there was a sightings of only one Monarch Butterfly. (click here to see photos of Monarchs at this property last year). This walk was part of the statewide RI Land Trust Days, an effort by the RI Land Trust Council to introduce RI residents to publicly accessible conserved properties. Sponsors of the walk were Sakonnet Preservation Association, The Nature Conservancy of RI and the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust.