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By     |    Dec 14, 2018
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By Land, Sea, or Air, Napatree is Doing Well

  After the summer crowds have gone and the icy winds begin to lash the sands of Napatree Point Conservation Area in Westerly, the work to care for the beach continues. Two dozen naturalists and scientists make a pilgrimage to the area in order to share the State of Napatree, an extensive document covering one of the most important natural areas in the state. The Watch Hill Conservancy is the […]

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Using Accelerometers to Track Shark Stress

Using Accelerometers to Track Shark Stress

  If we catch and release a shark, does that mean it lives happily ever after? Find out when you read my post and watch a very cool film by visiting Untamed Science. And don’t forget to follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/scienceandnatureforapie and on Twitter at @HughMarkey1  

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Follow that Egret!
By     |    Jun 21, 2018
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Follow that Egret!

How do we know where birds go when they migrate? Find out by reading my post and watching a film by some talented filmmakers at Untamed Science. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to find ways to follow me and learn more about the natural world! The link is here.  Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page for information on how to follow […]

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If a feather is stolen and no one sees it, does it still make a felony?
By     |    Jun 16, 2018
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If a feather is stolen and no one sees it, does it still make a felony?

  Beneath the floors of the venerable Museum of Natural History in Roger Williams Park lies a hidden treasure: hundreds of bird and animal specimens. Sitting in room length rolling cabinets are bears, owls, alligators, even possibly extinct specimens like the Ivory Billed Woodpecker. Mike Kieron, the much beloved late director of the museum, took visitors on the occasional tour of the vaults. But because there isn’t room for all […]

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Evil Spirits? Try Fungi

Evil Spirits? Try Fungi

What do you do when you’re being haunted by a recently deceased relative who doesn’t realize they’re dead? Or your camp is being invaded by a six-legged polar bear with a taste for human flesh? Or there’s a human-ish creature pulling a wagon load of disease headed your way? The answer to all is simple: fungi. And ethnomycologist Larry Millman, who spent years in the northern parts of the world […]

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Never Underestimate a Seaweed

Never Underestimate a Seaweed

Breathe in deeply. Hold it. Aaannd release. Feel better? Thank a seaweed. Yes, a seaweed, because about half of all our oxygen comes from that green or red stuff that so often annoys beach goers in the summertime. Dr. Lindsay Green-Gavrielidis of URI’s Department of Natural Resources sung the praises of the ignominious seaweed in a recent lecture at the Rhode Island Natural History Survey (RINHS). It turns out that […]

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41°North Winter 2018

41°North Winter 2018

How does geology affect Rhode Island’s past, present and future? In the latest issue, explore how geology shaped the Narragansett Indian tribe, and read a review of a book that recounts the sometimes surprising affect it had on the settlement of the state. Plus many other fascinating stories! Find it here. 

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Watching the Titanic: Salt Marsh Sparrows and Sea Level Rise
By     |    Jan 19, 2018
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Watching the Titanic: Salt Marsh Sparrows and Sea Level Rise

A pair of dedicated citizen scientists have spent the past year studying a bird that is small in size but large in significance: the Salt Marsh Sparrow. Along the way, they learned a lot about the bird’s behavior and flight abilities. Yet the excitement of the research was tempered with one stark fact: in a relatively short time, the birds will no longer exist. Steve Reinert and Deidre Robinson discussed […]

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Death and Delight: Mushroom Hunting
By     |    Sep 10, 2017
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Death and Delight: Mushroom Hunting

Note: this is a story that originally ran in newspapers in 2012. For some reason, I never posted it. A recent mushroom discovery in my own yard inspired me to run it here. “One side will make you grow taller, and the other side will make you grow shorter.”          “One side of what? The other side of what?” thought Alice to herself.          “Of the mushroom,” said the Caterpillar, […]

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The Secret Life of Bee (Keepers)

The Secret Life of Bee (Keepers)

Childhood obsessions are pretty common. Some children love a particular line of dolls, trading cards, or teddy bears. As they grow, the obsessions are set aside, sometimes to literally gather dust. In other cases, though, the obsessions simply morph into something new. “When I was little, it was a unicorn obsession, and as I grew older it went from unicorns to something legitimate like bees.” At 26, Azure Giroux’s childhood […]

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