Ruth Ann Grissom

Writer, conservationist


Ruth Ann Grissom grew up on a farm in Montgomery County and earned degrees in journalism and social work at UNC Chapel Hill. She divides her time between Charlotte and the Uwharries.



    May 09, 2018
    On the drab trunk of a single willow oak, one of many lining the street, my eye landed on a large, oblong cluster, golden against the mouse-brown bark.
    Apr 04, 2018
    April – the month that quickens the pulse of birders across the Piedmont. Songbirds also feel the stirring, the restless urge to head north. But there’s a shadow to the joy of spring migration.
    Mar 07, 2018
    I enjoy the serenity of the winter landscape, but as I drove through the Uwharries, my eyes could find no rest. Every Styrofoam cup, plastic bottle and cardboard box marred the quiet beauty.
    Feb 08, 2018
    Two majestic owls from the Artic tundra came south to North Carolina this winter. Only one made it back to the frozen north.  
    Dec 13, 2017
    Finding hidden value – plus inspiration for a well-loved invention – in a couple of plants many of us consider nuisances.
    Nov 14, 2017
    One night, years ago, Mama looked out the window to a hay field and, for a moment, she wondered if thousands of tiny aliens had landed on Earth and settled in the grass.
    Oct 17, 2017
    Few plants are as gorgeous in fall as sumacs, a native plant that can also thrive in gardens. 
    Sep 18, 2017
    As I left town for a quick trip over Labor Day weekend, a dozen hungry monarch caterpillars were munching away on my swamp milkweed.  When I returned 32 hours later, they had vanished.
    Aug 23, 2017
    Modeled after the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps, this N.C. program puts youths to work on conservation lands across the state.
    Jul 26, 2017
    The eastern towhee in my backyard seems to have misplaced his trill. What causes this variation in birdsong?