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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Coffee Shop Conversation: URI Grad Students Present Findings at Science Café
By     |    Nov 12, 2015
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Coffee Shop Conversation: URI Grad Students Present Findings at Science Café

Here’s the thing: you have five minutes to explain all you can about a project you’ve been working on for years. And you’re going to do it in front of a live audience. Ready? Go. If this sounds like a panic attack-inducing dream, you may not have done so well at URI’s recent Science Café. Fortunately the baker’s dozen presenters, all post-graduate students, did not panic as they spent 90 […]

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Artists Taking Flight at Audubon Expo
By     |    Nov 2, 2015
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Artists Taking Flight at Audubon Expo

“This guy walks into a bar and sees two people in a corner carving wood…” No, this isn’t the opening to a joke. It’s a bit of biography concerning one of the many carvers who will be putting in an appearance this weekend at Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Bird and Wildlife Carving Exposition in Bristol. The two day event features 17 artists from around New England and New York […]

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There was an old lady who swallowed a fly…
By     |    Oct 3, 2015
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There was an old lady who swallowed a fly…

You DO realize SaNfaP is on Facebook, don’t you? Hit the “like” button here.   It’s dinner time, and there are two food sources in your fridge. One has spent its life eating salads. The other has grown up scavenging rotting fish and, well, feces. Choosing dinner would be simple, wouldn’t it? Except for one minor complication: the dish that holds the scavenger contains lobster. And the one holding the […]

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