Photos and text by TOM WOJICK/ecoRI News contributor
CRANSTON, R.I. — This urban lake is a neighborhood ecological treasure that brings residents together for pleasure, exercise, and socialization. It’s a place to retreat from the stress of life and experience the restorative power of nature. But Lake Meshanticut’s health is increasingly threatened by trash, lawn chemicals, and runoff from roads and parking lots.
Skirting the Issue
DIGHTON, Mass. — On June 2, one day after Bristol County Agricultural High School sheared its flock, the school and the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP) held a free public workshop on skirting, the process of removing low-grade wool, stains and vegetable matter from fleece before it's processed.
Clamming It Up
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — On June 4, staff from Buzzards Bay Coalition showed a group of about dozen adults and children how to quahog at Fort Taber Beach. Because of heavy rains the day before, the city's shellfish warden had posted a red flag, signifying the shellfish beds were closed. While the group was still allowed to practice catching quahogs in the water, it meant participants (even those with permits) could not keep and eat what they caught. Yellow flags signify that shellfish beds are open.
A Lot of Hard Work Goes on at Lazy A Farm
HARMONY, R.I. — Lazy A Farm is a family farm run by Andy and Dawn Dunn and their three children Allie, Seth and Koehl. The family lives almost entirely off the land. ecoRI News visited the farm on a November day. Even at the tail end of the growing season, there was a lot of work to be done, and still food to harvest.
Into the (Weetamoo) Woods
An army of more than 200 naturalists descended on Dundery Brook Preserve and Goosewing Beach Preserve to catalog as many species as they could in just 24 hours. They found some 1,200 species, both plant and animal. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News photos)
In early May, Janice Sassi, manager of Napatree Point Conservation Area, and Peter August, a professor at University of Rhode Island, took ecoRI News on a guided tour of Napatree Point in Westerly, R.I. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News photos)