Ruth Ann Grissom

Writer, conservationist

Biography

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.

 

Articles

  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jul 20, 2018
    On a preserved tract in Gaston County, one determined man is fighting a long-term war to remove the invasive plant species that choke out native plants and wildlife.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jul 03, 2018
    It was time for young barn owl, raised at the Carolina Raptor Center, to be sent into the world. Would she be safe?
  • ui.uncc.edu
    May 31, 2018
    I saw it coming. Every time I saw the cable wrapped around that oak, I’d throw up my hands and think, “Too late now!” The oak slowly succumbed to strangulation. Last spring, it didn’t leaf out. Now, poison ivy creeps up the trunk, hiding my shame.
  • plancharlotte.org
    May 24, 2018
    Moving back to Charlotte after 10 years away, I noticed changes in Latta Park. Were my memories idealized? Had it always looked like this? Or had it been neglected in my absence? Commentary.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    May 24, 2018
    Moving back to Charlotte after 10 years away, I noticed changes in Latta Park. Were my memories idealized? Had it always looked like this? Or had it been neglected in my absence? Commentary.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    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.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    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.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    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.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    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.  
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Dec 13, 2017
    Finding hidden value – plus inspiration for a well-loved invention – in a couple of plants many of us consider nuisances.