If you build it, will they come? R.I.’s first artificial reef

If you build it, will they come? R.I.’s first artificial reef

It’s been done using decommissioned ships, oil rigs, and even subway cars. Now it’s being done for the first time in Rhode Island. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and RI DEM have teamed up to create the state’s first artificial reef, situated off Sabin Point in Providence. TNC’s communications manager Tim Mooney says the hope is that adding complex structure to the floor of Narragansett Bay will improve recreational fishing and […]

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Shark Bites
By     |    Jul 8, 2019
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Shark Bites

The following is a short article that I wrote for the August 2019 issue of RI Monthly Magazine. Rhode Island is home to a feeding frenzy of shark research. Just a few examples: How not to age a shark: NOAA’s Dr. Lisa Natanson recently published a paper that blew up the way sharks are aged. Until recently, scientists had been relying on pairs of growth rings in shark spines (like […]

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DEM’s Canada Goose Roundup

DEM’s Canada Goose Roundup

  It’s a warm June morning as a flotilla of five kayakers makes its way to a pond in Tiverton. They fan out across the diameter and quietly approach a small island. As they approach, a flock of Canada geese break off from their breakfast of sea grass and nervously begin to stir. The guardians stretch their long necks up, trying to assess the situation, making low sounds to each […]

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Listening for Fish: Acoustic Array in RI Waters
By     |    Jun 19, 2019
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Listening for Fish: Acoustic Array in RI Waters

The waters off Rhode Island have been a black hole when it comes to knowing the habits and migrations of many fish species. True, some fish carry acoustic tags that produce a signal which could relay an abundance of information. Trouble was, there was nothing around here to listen to that signal. That began to change recently with the deployment of an “acoustic array”, a dozen listening devices designed to […]

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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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