Ruth Ann Grissom

Writer, conservationist

Biography

Ruth Ann Grissom serves on the board of the LandTrust for Central North Carolina. She grew up on a farm in Montgomery County and earned degrees in journalism and social work at UNC. She divides her time between Charlotte and the Uwharries.

 

Articles

  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jun 29, 2016
    You don’t have to build a solar farm or buy expensive equipment to take advantage of solar energy. All it takes is a length of wire or rope. 
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jun 01, 2016
    Spend time in the N.C. Piedmont forest after sundown and you may be treated to a beautiful sight: thousands of fireflies lit up among the tree tops – a different species from our backyard fireflies. But even backyard firefly populations are in decline, due to pesticides, habitat loss and light pollution.  
  • ui.uncc.edu
    May 03, 2016
    As many Charlotte gardeners know, working with red clay can be a challenge. But another clay soil found in these parts is, if possible, even harder to deal with. 
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Apr 07, 2016
    Gardeners are important players in managing wildlife. Learning which backyard plants host insects important to the ecosystem can help you and your garden take on an important role in conservation.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Mar 11, 2016
    North Carolina this year celebrates Arbor Day on March 18—a tree-planting celebration that begs for a different spot on the calendar. N.C. residents might need to reevaluate what they think they know about planting trees. Part of the 2016 KEEPING WATCH on AIR project.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Mar 11, 2016
    North Carolina this year celebrates Arbor Day on March 18—a tree-planting celebration that begs for a different spot on the calendar. N.C. residents might need to reevaluate what they think they know about planting trees. Part of the 2016 KEEPING WATCH on AIR project.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Feb 05, 2016
    In cities, squirrels are considered garden marauders and ingenious plunderers of bird feeders. But decades ago in rural North Carolina, they provided tasty meat for subsistence farmers, and a first job for one young hunter.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Dec 15, 2015
    The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count gives citizen scientists a chance to assist in research, and the formal bird count at the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refute offers the opportunity to see tundra swans, among other waterfowl.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Nov 18, 2015
    A day of banding birds can provide insights about an early successional habitat created in the Uwharries: Are all the expected species found? Any unusual species? Is the habitat sustaining healthy birds?
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Oct 21, 2015
    A backyard planting of milkweed can help save the imperiled monarch butterfly, whose caterpillars eat the milkweed. Ruth Ann Grissom's back yard garden is hosting a flock of monarchs this fall.