20 Years of Sorting Life with Rhode Island Natural History Survey

20 Years of Sorting Life with Rhode Island Natural History Survey

NOTE: This story originally appeared in RI Central Newspapers 6/6/19. David Gregg, executive director of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey (RINHS) sits under a canopy at a long table sorting ants. There are perhaps a dozen or so that he has recently collected contained in a tiny bottle. He separates them before handing them off to an ant expert who will do the job of telling the difference between […]

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Art, Science, and Open House at RINHS
By     |    Feb 3, 2019
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Art, Science, and Open House at RINHS

When the Rhode Island Natural History Survey (RINHS) held its annual open house at URI’s East Farm last week, there was the usual chatter: how the latest scientific paper was coming along, what new discoveries had been made in the natural world. But what drew the most attention from the crowd wasn’t the skulls or the turtle shells on display in a glass case. It was the art. At first, […]

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Restoring and Recycling at the John H. Chafee Wildlife Refuge

Restoring and Recycling at the John H. Chafee Wildlife Refuge

The temperature along the bank of Narrow River is in the 30’s, and gusts of wind have a way of sneaking under coats, like someone is pouring ice water down the neck. The area seems devoid of life, save for a congregation of gulls gathered around a long black tube that resembles nothing so much as a fire hose. The hose wends its way to a floating craft on the […]

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By Land, Sea, or Air, Napatree is Doing Well
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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