Richard Telford ’14, an English teacher at Woodstock Academy in Woodstock, Conn., has been granted a one-year sabbatical to work on a book about acclaimed natural history writer Edwin Way Teale. The project is an outgrowth of Rich’s master of science in environmental studies (MSES) thesis, a ten-year revitalization plan for the Trail Wood sanctuary while completing extensive research on Teale. Teale was declared by Roger Tory Peterson to be “in the vanguard of the new aristocracy of naturalists.”
Teale lived from 1959 to 1980 at Trail Wood in Hampton, Conn., a site now operated as a nature sanctuary by the Connecticut Audubon Society. In 2014 and again in 2015, Telford was awarded research grants through the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, where Teale’s extensive papers are archived. Since 2013, Telford has also worked as a contributing writer to The Ecotone Exchange, where he has published over thirty essays. Rich continues to volunteer with the Connecticut Audubon Society, for whom he directs the Edwin Way Teale Artists-in-Residence at Trail Wood program, which he helped design and implement during his graduate studies at Green Mountain College.