Blackstone Parks Conservancy

It was a snow-covered, yet warm December morning.  Mallard ducks gathered en masse, waiting for the human tender who fed them.  The soft rustle of leaves revealed a mourning dove searching for seeds. People will gloves and cameras searched the woods and water for birds.

At the monthly Art in the Park, we had a station to make a cardinal collage and simple bird feeder. While the adults and I traded bird stories and discussed the impacts of climate change on bird migration, a family with a young boy approached. He was eager to do the craft, and excitedly cut out a bird bath and red “raindrop” shape to start his cardinal. He added his details with oil pastels and said it was the best art he ever made!  The family made two tube seed feeders and decided to explore the trails to see what birds they might find. I don’t know what they saw, but that one mourning dove I had sighted had multiplied into 14, roosting in a tree across the street. I heard another bird sing. I went to find it and discovered a tiny sparrow. I was about to leave, but something made me look up. There, on a low branch, sat a red tailed hawk, shifting her feet into her feathers to warm them while calmly surveying the site. We watched each other for a while. I did not have a camera. I can’t wait to return!

Autumn in Providence

Like a showgirl reluctant to leave the stage, autumn in Providence must be noticed: apricot, scarlet, deep purple and yellow to golden to orange to bronze, some edged with green. We can hold on to the memory of the astonishing trees in our parks, yards, and streets through the long winter nights. November was the […]

Our 2019 Moonrise Celebration on November 11, Veterans Day, was a great party with just one glitch—no moon! Well, hardly any moon. Finally–after the crowd practice- gazed at clouds with a telescope brought by the SkyScrapers and a super-sized pair of binoculars from a Narragansett Boat Club member–the star of the event appeared, to great cheers…for […]

Silver Shovel

And the Silver Shovel Award goes to….. the Park-Keepers!   At a special weekend drop-in work session on Saturday, October 19, we adjusted and installed steps and water bars along a particularly erosion-prone part of the trail.  Thanks to all who showed up and dug deep on this lovely day. Our next Park-keeping event is […]

A recent stroll around the five-plus-acre plateau of Blackstone Park overlooking the Seekonk River revealed a woodland far healthier and greener than it was, say, five years ago. Blackstone Parks Conservancy (BPC) volunteers are accustomed to looking for the problems–the dying plants and worn patches–to see what needs to be tackled next. But these moments […]