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
    Mar 19, 2019
    Beginning birders face some notorious identification challenges.  Empidonax flycatchers and “confusing fall warblers” come to mind.  Sparrows also test a birder’s proficiency.  Not only do they tend to skulk in heavy brush, making it hard to get a decent look, most are small and mottled brown, with subtle distinguishing characteristics.  I’ve been in the field with expert birders who are sometimes reduced to calling one an LBJ, short for “little brown job.”
  • plancharlotte.org
    Jan 29, 2019
    For vegetable gardeners in the Piedmont, 2018 was a challenging year. The weather whipsawed between mundane and extreme.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jan 29, 2019
    For vegetable gardeners in the Piedmont, 2018 was a challenging year. The weather whipsawed between mundane and extreme.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Jan 02, 2019
    This book aspires to be much more than just another field guide. It’s a longitudinal documentation of avian life in the Piedmont, a region undergoing tremendous change.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jan 02, 2019
    This book aspires to be much more than just another field guide. It’s a longitudinal documentation of avian life in the Piedmont, a region undergoing tremendous change.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Nov 28, 2018
    Day by day, hour by hour, trees are dropping their leaves, allowing us to appreciate their architectural structure.  While growing conditions can shape a tree’s form – a white oak’s limbs will be truncated in a crowded forest, but in the middle of a pasture, they’ll sprawl – each species also has its own inherent traits.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Oct 24, 2018
    Monarch butterflies generally start arriving in the Uwharries in May.  Their timing seems to coincide with the flowering of the common milkweed in our grasslands. 
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Oct 24, 2018
    Monarch butterflies generally start arriving in the Uwharries in May.  Their timing seems to coincide with the flowering of the common milkweed in our grasslands. 
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Sep 13, 2018
    In an ozone garden, the plants can tell an astute observer whether ozone pollution is a problem.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Aug 23, 2018
    An invasive berry vine that’s trying to take over the world – including a Charlotte park.