Thursday, March 22
*SNOWSTORM DATE CHANGE. EVENT WILL BE HELD ON 3/22* Wine Tasting and Dine Around!Place: 629 Succotash Road South Kingstown, RI 02879Time: 6:00 pm*SNOWSTORM DATE CHANGE! DUE TO THE STORM THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON MARCH 22* Join us as we team up with Matunuck Oyster Bar (MOB) for a wine tasting and diner to benefit SKLT and URI Foundation! A sample variety of wines from newly expanded wine list, Chef's selection oysters, "Rise" from Whalers Brewing and cocktails by Tito's vodka will be served! For tickets call: (401) 783-4202
Saturday, April 7
All Ages Hike & Park RxPlace: Browning Woods Trail Time: 10:00 amJoin us for an all ages hike in our largest land holding through pine and oak forest and past amazing stone walls. We will hike about 3 miles, though you can shorten your outing to about 1 mile if desired. Kids and leashed dogs welcome! This monthly hike on first Saturdays is part of a new Park Rx initiative in which healthcare providers in South County are joining a national movement to "prescribe” taking walks and spending time in nature for better physical and mental health.
Saturday, April 7
Monitoring DayPlace: 17 Matunuck Beach Rd.Time: 10:00 amOn Saturday, April 7th, we invite you to join us in another annual Monitoring Day! Get out on the trail, in the back woods and around farms as we undertake our biggest proposition of stewarding our land. Each year, SKLT has the legal responsibility to monitor each of our 160 land projects and 2,800 acres of preservation in South Kingstown. It’s a lot of land to cover and we need your help! This is a great opportunity to experience other land preservations that are usually not open to the public as well as getting more intimate with some of our most popular trails. If you are interested in helping us first-hand in our most important responsibility please contact email@example.com or 401-789-0962 Ext. 202. If you know of a property that you are interested, a preservation near your home or have monitored with us previous years, let us know in advance and we will do our best to get the property most desirable to you. Rain Date: 04/08#GetOutSideSK
Sunday, April 29
Annual MeetingPlace: 17 Matunuck Beach Rd.Time: 3:00 pmOn April 29th, at 3pm, SKLT will be hosting our Annual Meeting at SKLT Barn. After a short business meeting and an update on whats happening at the land trust, we will be hosting a presentation, The Rhode Island Bird Atlas 2.0: A Year - Round Perspective by Charles Clarkson. For the first time, Rhode Island has documented, not only breeding birds with in the state but also wintering and migrating birds. Bird Atlases provide data on the distribution, abundance and long-term change of bird populations within a state. Because birds are effective indicators of environmental change, these metrics can be used to determine habitat health and atlases are often employed by conservation agencies to inform land management strategies. The Rhode Island Bird Atlas is unique in that it is the first atlas to survey year-round use of habitats by birds. This all-season atlas collects data on the use of Rhode Island habitats by breeding, wintering and migrating birds, which allows us to model the importance of these habitat types on an annual basis. Combined with detailed habitat mapping tools and advances in the use of NEXRAD radar, the current iteration of the Rhode Island Bird Atlas will be a valuable tool for conservation groups seeking to promote biodiversity through habitat management. In its third-year of data collection, the atlas has already shed light on a number of significant changes to the avifauna of Rhode Island. Changes in climate and habitat have resulted in the loss of multiple species from the state while others, such as the Common Raven, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Common Eider have expanded their ranges and established breeding populations in the Ocean State. Charles Clarkson, originally from the mountains of Central Virginia, has always gravitated towards birds and he decided that there could be no more satisfying life than one devoted to his feathered friends. Clarkson, graduated from the University of Virginia with a doctorate in avian toxicology where his primary focus was on the impact of mercury on the growth and development of nestling water birds. Following his PhD, Charles Following the completion of his PhD, Charles moved to Rhode Island in 2011 and began teaching at Salve Regina and Roger Williams Universities. In 2015, Charles was employed as the coordinator for the Rhode Island Bird Atlas, a five-year, statewide project aimed at documenting the distribution and abundance of our birds.