The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management recently reported that small concentrations of orange-striped oakworm caterpillars have begun defoliating trees in areas of western Rhode Island.
A $700,000 Massachusetts state grant was recently awarded to help advance the restoration of the Herring River estuary in Wellfleet and Truro, one of the largest ecological restoration projects in the Northeast.
Rhode Island’s population of endangered piping plovers has grown significantly since it hit an all-time low of fewer than 20 pairs in the early 1980s, but 2017 was a bad year for the birds.
Monarch butterflies have continued their resurgence in Rhode Island this year after a global decline in 2013, but overall populations of butterflies in the state appear to be declining slightly.
KINGSTON, R.I. — Brad Wetherbee and his research team have been capturing and tracking the movements of mako sharks since 2004, and more than 25 percent of those affixed with satellite transmitters have been caught and killed by commercial or recreational fishermen.
Rhode Island’s osprey population is climbing, after a highly productive year in 2016, and while the wet spring of 2017 will likely cause a decrease in nesting success this year, the once-rare fish-eating hawk is a model conservation success story,
BRADFORD, R.I. — Work crews recently began carving a temporary bypass channel around the Bradford Dam on the Pawcatuck River in preparation for the structure’s removal next month.
JOHNSTON, R.I. — The cool and wet month of May provided at least one bit of good news: it boosted the total number of mushrooms and other fungi counted by volunteers at this past weekend’s 18th annual Rhode Island BioBlitz to a record high.
Ants have colonized nearly everywhere around the globe, except Antarctica, and more than 12,500 species are recognized. Yet, little is known about the ants that call Rhode Island home.
It’s almost gypsy moth caterpillar season again, a time of tree defoliation, a variety of other environmental impacts, and caterpillar droppings raining down upon us.
AQUIDNECK ISLAND, R.I. — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Law Enforcement is seeking information about two recent incidents on Aquidneck Island of coyotes injured by illegal leg-hold traps.