Join ‘Expedition Block Island’

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 6:30am

Have you ever wondered what was in that cove, around that point, or over that dune? After the Groundhog Day count, many islanders go in search of mountain slopes, coral reefs, hunting lodges, colossal amusement rides, grandma’s attic, or any oasis for introspection — in general, we head to parts unknown. 

Expeditions take many forms: they may be a journey to the moon, or the depths of the Marianas Trench, they may be explorations of the psyche, or an examination of a tide pool. Whether a great naturalist of the 1800s engaged in a search of the world, or a because-it-is-there mountain climber, an expedition – no matter what the scale — is a quest for knowledge.

We are used to hearing stories of great adventures at far distances, but great adventures and discoveries are also to be found near at hand. In recent years, island explorers have found ark clams, a humpback whale, a short-nosed sturgeon, an auk bone, a clump of spring beauty plants, tomcod, and a Mississippi kite; and in their rambles, have discovered vistas and views previously unknown to them from perspectives unimagined.

So, if you find yourself on island this late winter with itchy feet for a journey of discovery, join one (or more) of the upcoming The Nature Conservancy (TNC) mini Block Island expeditions — you are sure to see something you have never observed before. Monday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. (meet at Beach Ave. bridge) we’ll explore the southern shoreline of Harbor Pond. On Wednesday, March 1 at 1 p.m. (meet at the beach end of West Beach Road) we’ll investigate ocean and harbor shorelines from West Beach to Andy’s Way via Beane Point (a.k.a. Hippocampus). And, on Friday, March 3 at 2 p.m. (meet at Settlers’ Rock), and we’ll circumnavigate the uplands of Sachem Pond. For information about meeting locations, how to prepare and with any questions call me at (401) 595-7055.