Thursday, February 22
Popcorn & Movie Night: Wall-EPlace: 17 Matunuck Beach Rd.Time: 6:30 pmFrom the creators of Toy Story & Finding Nemo comes Wall-E a Pixar film about consumerism, human environmental impacts and global catastrophic risk, through a heart-felt robot trying to save Earth. Winning awards, Time’s list of “Best Movies of the Decade”, Wall-E brings viewers a sense of urgency to current environmental issues. Join us for popcorn & beverages! Bring friends, family and kids! Rated: PG Time: 98 mins
Saturday, March 3
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.
Wednesday, March 14
Potluck & Speaker: Pawcatuck River Fish Passage ProjectsPlace: SKLT Barn 17 Matunuck Beach Rd.Time: 6:00 pmJoin us as SKLT hosts with Scott Comings from The Nature Conservancy to present TNC's efforts to reconnect the lower Pawcatucket River for river herrings and other wildlife. Dinner begins at 6:00pm followed by Scott Comings presentation starting at 6:30pm. Please join us and bring your favorite dish to share! Space is limited; sign up in advance at email@example.com or 401-789-0962 ext. 202
Thursday, March 15
3rd Thursday Hike: Biscuit CityPlace: Biscuit City Preserve Time: 8:30 am#GetOutSideSK! Join us for a new 2018 hike series! We will be leading a guided hike every 3rd Thursday at 8:30am on different SKLT trails as part of a campaign to #getoutsideSK! Our goal is to inform both our members and the public of the trail opportunities available in South Kingstown by giving guided hikes at one of our featured trails each month. This months trail will be at Biscuit City; an historically significant site to the Town of South Kingstown. The area dates back to when Native Americans used it for a water source due to the natural spring that is located on the site. Also there are many historic ruins which include the mill foundation, the water wheel pit, the cellar hole to the miller’s house, and a root cellar. The old spring house renovated in 2008. Join us for a guided hike whether you bring your (leashed) dog, kids, grand kids, neighbors or just yourself and #getoutsideSK! Please check website, Facebook and (our new) Twitter in case of foul weather.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.