Napatree Point: A Decade of Stewardship by Dr. Peter V. August, Janice Sassi and Daniel Cole

The Napatree Point Conservation Area is an 86-acre nature preserve on the southwestern tip of Rhode Island. Designated a Globally Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society because of its importance as a migratory stopover, Napatree is a breeding and foraging site for a number of endangered species including Piping Plovers (Charadrius melodus), Least Terns (Sternula antillarum), and American Oystercatchers (Haematopus palliates). The habitats on Napatree—maritime shrubland, maritime herbaceous dune, and maritime beach strand—are the top-ranking habitatsof greatest conservation need in Rhode Island. The conservation area is heavily used by visitors. On a warm summer day, over 1,000 people enjoy the 1.1 mile-long beach. Public access is ensured by the conservation easement over Napatree held by The Watch Hill Conservancy. In 2022, there were over 44,000 visits to the site. Since 2013, The Watch Hill Conservancy has published an annual State of Napatree report that contains monitoring data on its fauna, flora, and geology. This comprehensive overview represents a decade of monitoring, stewardship, and public education programs on Napatree.

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Watch Hill Through Time, Chaplin B. Barnes: In 2005, the Conservancy published a history of Watch Hill, Watch Hill Through Time: The Evolution of a New England Shoreline Community, by Chaplin B. Barnes. Watch Hill Through Time chronicles the evolution of a Rhode Island shore community from its geological origins, through its phases as an Indian encampment and a colonial fishing and farming community, to its heyday as a fashionable Victorian hotel and cottage colony, and ultimately to its twentieth-century maturity as a unique family summer resort. Woven into the fabric of this ecological and social history are tales of heroism, of wars, marine disasters, fires, and hurricanes, as well as glimpses into the lives of some of those who have shaped Watch Hill’s development. Handsomely illustrated, it is a key to knowing Watch Hill. Download free, or purchase the hardcover edition ($80 plus tax and shipping) by contacting the office (401) 315-5399.

Watch Hill Style, Richard C. Youngken and Chaplin B. Barnes: By exploring individual design elements-doorways, roofs, porches, windows, textures, and materials – Watch Hill Style helps us understand the architecture that makes Watch HIll, Rhode Island so visually engaging. In limited printing, and lavishly illustrated with color photographs capturing a very private place, this book is a real treasure that teaches as well as entertains. Download free.

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