Oakes Plimpton is retired and lives in Arlington Mass. with his wife Pat Magee. He had worked for The Nature Conservancy in D.C., and the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston, but dropped out in 1972 to spend a year on a communal farm in New York State chronicled in a iUniverse self-published book "1972 Farm Journal" (stories of his younger partners also collected, with photographs and drawings). Still involved with farming, he volunteers for Boston Area Gleaners. He continues his interest in natural history, in particular bird watching, and was one of the co-founders of the Menotomy Bird Club in Arlington.