Moonlight Cruise on Narragansett Bay

4th annual – Join us for another magical moonrise over Narragansett Bay on the Prudence Ferry while dancing to music under the stars.

Our annual “not to be missed” event! The Warren Land Trust will have Music! Dancing! Stunning Sunset! and Exquisite Moonrise! as we enjoy our picnics on the Prudence Ferry. We’ll dance under the stars to live music of Brother Breen and the Castaways, with special guests Miss Maness and Lily Rhodes.

Bring your favorite food and beverage, as well as a folding chair. Dress casual, including an extra layer.

Tickets on sale on Eventbrite.

Saltmarsh Sparrow Research Initiative 2024

photo credit: Jason Jaacks

We are very grateful to Warren Land Trust for permission to study the breeding ecology of Saltmarsh Sparrows (SALS) at Jacob’s Point (JP) which has provided stakeholders (RIDEM, Save The Bay, USFWS) with baseline data that provides valuable guidance in generating management strategies.
These saltmarsh-obligate birds are heading precariously close to extinction, primarily due to flooding with secondary nest failures due to predation. On this 7 year composite map (below) that Jim O’Neill created, waterfall icons represent flooded nests; solid dots are depredated nests; bird icons reveal successful nests.

Based upon this data, we will determine where to lift nests that are at the highest risk for flooding in 2024, using coffee filters as nest protectors which are mounted upon stakes that will be raised above the flooding threshold.

It has been a busy “off season” while writing grant applications, submitting papers for publication, measuring museum specimens of SALS to compare to modern birds, securing funding for student interns, and presenting findings at Audubon’s annual Conservation Symposium.

Raised nest with protective coffee filter. photo credit: Deirdre Robinson

The sparrows returned to JP during the first week in May, when we began the search for cryptic nests and test the hypothesis that nest lifting can postpone their date with extinction. If this novel intervention is successful at JP, we hope that our protocol will be scalable to saltmarshes from VA to ME, where Saltmarsh Sparrows exclusively breed.

As E.O. Wilson famously said, “Conservation biology is a discipline with a deadline.”

Thanks to the Warren Land Trust for allowing us to postpone the extinction deadline for this valuable bird who is an indicator species for the health of the saltmarsh ecosystem.

-Deirdre Robinson, SSRI Co-Director






map created by Jim O’Neill

The Sowams Heritage Area Project Hosts the Next Round of Community Conversations

The Sowams Heritage Area Project invites members of the community to participate in a community conversation to discuss the significance of Sowams, the ancestral homeland of the Massasoit Ousamequin who welcomed the Pilgrims in 1621, and the extraordinary array of resources that can be found on its landscape.

Free to the public, the conversation will be held twice:
  • March 26, 2024, at 3:30pm at the Seekonk Public Library
  • March 27, 2024, at 7:00pm at Mt. Hope Farm


Birds of the East Bay on March 24!

Birds of the East Bay Flyer: Sunday March 24, 1-2:30pm at the Audubon Nature Center in Bristol, Rhode Island.Join us for this Free Event in celebration of spring!

Butch will share his photographs and discuss his experiences and approach to bird photography. There will be an optional nature walk after the talk, weather permitting.

Over the past 50 years, Butch has combined his passions for birds and photography to share compelling and unique images of nature. His images have been published in Yankee Magazine, East Bay Newspapers, The Providence Journal, The Boston Globe, The Audubon Society of RI’s quarterly magazine, and yearly calendars, The National Wildlife Federation’s Christmas catalog as a Christmas card, and The Academy of Natural Science’s Journal of Raptor Research Quarterly Book, and more.

March 24, 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Audubon Nature Center, Bristol, RI

For more information, see the flyer.

36th Annual Meeting – Recap

On Tuesday, January 16th at 7pm the Warren Land Trust held its 36th annual meeting at the Historic Warren Armory. The meeting was well attended despite a messy wintery mix of weather.

WLT president Rock Singewald welcomed a crowd of about 50.
He expressed gratitude to a host of volunteers and donors who have helped to make the past year a successful one and extended an invitation for new volunteers.
An outline of progress at both Sowams Meadows and Jacob’s Point was presented.

Rock also thanked the local merchants for their  generous donations of food and beverage for the event’s refreshment table.

  • Shaw’s Market
  • Prica Farina
  • Sowams Cider Works
  • Cafe Water Street

Jenny Flanagan, WLT treasurer gave a brief financial report and a new slate of officers was approved:

  • Max Bliss and Kate Pisano, co-presidents
  • Jenny Flanagan, treasurer
  • Martha Antaya, secretary 

Following the business meeting, the keynote speaker, Doug Arion, PhD gave his visual presentation:
Darkness in the Daytime, The solar eclipse and our connection to the universe.

Doug’s presentation inspired awe and generated a lively Q&A.
You may visit Doug Arion’s website to learn more.

To conclude, Jenny Flanagan presented outgoing president Rock Singewald with a lovely original oil painting of Jacob’s Point by local artist Bill McLane as a token of appreciation for his stewardship, dedication, passion and loyalty to Warren Land Trust’s mission.