A Successful Purple Martin Season

The purple martin monitoring season ended on July 7. Here’s a report from one of the monitors: “this is the 5th year of the colony at Jacobs Point and it’s been a wonderful experience to observe the establishment and increased growth of this colony each and every year. This is the first year that all 12 gourds have had egg producing occupants! Each of the 12 gourds has eggs and/or nestlings, an average of 5 eggs per gourd.” As of June 30 there were 45 nestlings and 16 eggs. See more photographs on the Avian Activities page.

2021 Legislative Grants

The Warren Land Conservation Trust is pleased to announce the receipt of 2021 legislative grants. One grant was from the House of Representatives sponsored by Representatives June Speakman and Jason Knight. The other was from the Senate sponsored by Senator Walter Felag.

The funds will be used primarily to foster the land trust’s stewardship program. Additionally, they will support public access to the recently acquired Sowams Meadow Preserve by constructing a viewing platform overlooking the Palmer River marsh.

The land trust is grateful for the ongoing support of our legislative delegation in achieving the mission of the Warren Land Conservation Trust

RIWalks Challenge Creature Hosted at Haile Farm

The RIWalks Challenge, coordinated by the Rhode Island Land Trust Council, has officially begun – go search for the 30 different nature-inspired “creatures” hidden on land trust trails throughout the state!

The Warren Land Conservation Trust is hosting one of the creatures at Haile Farm Preserve on the Dick Hallberg Trail. Take a walk and try to find it!

Hope is the Thing with Feathers

The WLCT is pleased to partner with the Salt Marsh Sparrow research project (a multi year effort based at Jacob’s Point).

This story is by Salt Marsh Sparrow research project volunteer Deirdre Robinson:

Rare events in the natural world can inspire awe and offer hope. Such is the case with one particular Saltmarsh Sparrow (Ammospiza caudacutus) who hatched on July 7, 2019 at Jacob’s Point in Warren RI. Her story is representative of the struggle of her species, which has survived as an obligate saltmarsh specialist for millennia. With rising tides due to climate change however, coastal marshes are flooding and sparrow nests are being inundated with greater frequency. This specific sparrow offers a rare glimmer of hope for members of the Saltmarsh Sparrow Research Initiative, who are bearing witness to the extinction of an extraordinary species.

Why is this species extraordinary? It demonstrates a polygamous breeding strategy, nests on the ground and escapes from predators by running rather than flying, has only a rudimentary “song”, does not defend territories, and breeds nowhere else in the world except in healthy coastal marshes from VA to ME. The female sparrow is among the hardest working of birds. She alone constructs the nests, incubates the eggs, and feeds and defends the chicks while they are nestlings– and even after they fledge. Her perseverance is rewarded only when the nesting cycle is not in synchrony with the flooding cycle.

Read the full story (PDF)

For more about the Salt Marsh Sparrows at Jacob’s Point see the avian activities page.