Save the Bay Cruises for Wildlife

Save the Bay Cruises for Wildlife

It’s November, and it feels like it. Though it’s sunny and the wind is calm, aboard Save the Bay’s educational vessel Elizabeth Morris, the passengers wisely left their boat shoes and shorts at home and wore winter coats and hats instead. Perched on a rock in the Pawcatuck River is a Harbor seal. The first-year plump, gray animal is happily ignorant of the chilly temperatures, lying on its side with […]

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Stone, Sturgeon, and Golden Eyes:  Celebrating RI Natural History Week

Stone, Sturgeon, and Golden Eyes: Celebrating RI Natural History Week

It lay on the Block Island beach in October, looking for all the world like a medieval missile. Four feet long, body fortified with bony plates. A shortnose sturgeon, a fish that normally resides in rivers and a species that has been cruising around North American waters for 70 million years, had somehow washed up on the beach, at least twelve miles from the nearest river.  How did it get […]

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Audubon and Providence Parks bring nature to the neighborhood
By     |    Sep 11, 2016
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Audubon and Providence Parks bring nature to the neighborhood

  The line of a dozen children has traveled all of 100 yards when one child calls out, “I don’t know where I am!” Kimmie Lavoie, assistant camp director, has just the answer. “Come here,” she says, leading the group of six- to eight-year-olds to a map painted on a building. She points out the different trails, as well as habitats and animals likely to exist on their hike. The […]

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New Hope for Urban Waterways

New Hope for Urban Waterways

Note: This is a .pdf file from 41N Magazine, a publication from Sea Grant and the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography. 41N_Summer16_Urbanwaterways

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Wood Thrushes and Big Brown Bats: BioBlitz is 24 hours of natural wonders
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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