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By     |    Jun 12, 2016
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Wood Thrushes and Big Brown Bats: BioBlitz is 24 hours of natural wonders

It is early evening on a cool early summer night. Ten people stand in the woods, peering through the dense vegetation. Dan Berard, captain of the Birding Team, shines a green laser pointer on a tree twenty feet away. “Now, if you’ll look to the right and behind the tree where my laser is pointing, you can see a female Wood thrush sitting on a nest with several babies in […]

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Now is the time for the Great Swamp
By     |    Jun 3, 2016
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Now is the time for the Great Swamp

  Now is the time. No too hot yet, not too buggy. Tree leaves haven’t quite bloomed, so there is a bit of shade, but not enough to obscure the view. There’s an awakening that is taking place among the residents, and more company arrives every day. Some will stay, some will pass through to cooler climes. But now is the time. The Great Swamp Management Area (GSMA) in South […]

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Stepping Stones of Engagement: Fish and Wildlife brings nature into the city
By     |    May 22, 2016
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Stepping Stones of Engagement: Fish and Wildlife brings nature into the city

  The sight of a US Fish and Wildlife (USFW) car passing through Olneyville in Providence might seem a bit incongruous. The hilly streets are lined with tenement apartments, some with boards on their windows. The line of homes is occasionally broken up by bodegas with names like El Canto and Tortilleria. Just off the main drag, kids from the William D’Abate Elementary School are about to be dismissed for […]

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Going Quackers for Ducks:                                                  Junior Duck Stamp Awards
By     |    Apr 7, 2016
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Going Quackers for Ducks: Junior Duck Stamp Awards

  Imagine a painting of a duck, rendered by a young artist. Now multiply that by nearly 700. Now imagine choosing the best out of those to represent Rhode Island in the national art contest to design US Fish and Wildlife’s National Junior Duck Stamp. Perhaps the epitome of the thankless task? Hundreds of artists, parents, and siblings crowded into Exeter West Greenwich (EWG) High School on Saturday to find […]

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An Osprey Named Lizzie
By     |    Feb 17, 2016
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An Osprey Named Lizzie

Note: This is a link to a new story I wrote for RI Audubon about an Osprey whose visit caused quite a stir last summer. Enjoy! Audubon Report Winter 2016

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Exploring the Mink Mind
By     |    Feb 15, 2016
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Exploring the Mink Mind

  Outdoor encounters are sometimes so quick that there is barely time to think, “Was that a – ?” before it’s gone. By the time the brain catches up, the animal vanishes. Birders are perhaps more familiar with this phenomenon than most, but sometimes other species manifest themselves in the same way. The pickings of bird sightings at Trustom Pond, one of the best birding locations in the state, had […]

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Moving Microscopes and Monkey Skulls: RI Natural History Survey Relocates
By     |    Jan 24, 2016
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Moving Microscopes and Monkey Skulls: RI Natural History Survey Relocates

Note: There is a photo gallery at the bottom of this story. Click once to see a thumbnail, then again to see a larger file. Moving out of somewhere you’ve lived for a long time is no one’s idea of fun. There are books, papers, and computers. Sorting through what to keep and what to throw out. Movers can help, but you need friends to pack things up, especially the […]

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Stung: The Return of The Blob
By     |    Jan 18, 2016
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Stung: The Return of The Blob

In 1958, moviegoers watched the trailer for a new film about an unstoppable force that threatened to consume everything in its path. “Every one of you watching this screen, look out, because soon, very soon, the most horrifying monster menace ever conceived will be oozing into this theater!” “The Blob” was one of the creature films popular during the years of the Cold War, atomic bombs, and the seemingly unstoppable […]

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RI Bird Atlas 2.0 Documents Birds across Rhode Island
By     |    Dec 20, 2015
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RI Bird Atlas 2.0 Documents Birds across Rhode Island

  In 1982, former Solidarity leader Lech Walesa was freed after spending 11 months under house arrest. Actor John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose in a Hollywood hotel. Barney Clark became the first American to receive an artificial heart. And 68 Rhode Islanders set out on a five-year quest to document every breeding bird in the state. Now, over three decades later, another group will attempt to […]

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Remove All Obstructions: The Long, Slow Road to Restoring Rhode Island’s Rivers

Remove All Obstructions: The Long, Slow Road to Restoring Rhode Island’s Rivers

There are roughly 800 dams still in existence in the tiny state of Rhode Island,  some of which date back to the colonial era. Read about the work being done to restore the rivers they stopped to their original state in a story that I wrote for 41°N magazine, a publication of Rhode Island Sea Grant and the Coastal Institute at the University of Rhode Island. remove_all_obstructions_2015

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