For at least two decades, many people who provide seed to feed the songbirds in their backyard have provided anecdotal evidence of an increase in the number of bird-eating hawks that visit their feeders. Now data prove it.
The bird, named Bert by fishermen who were hand-feeding it fish, appeared healthy and unharmed, but the attention it generated from a crowd of curiosity-seekers likely raised its stress level.
Last year more rare New England cottontails were raised at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence and the Queens Zoo in New York City and released into the wild than ever before.
After just two years of operation of the nation’s first offshore wind facility — the much-heralded Block Island Wind Farm — there is still a great deal unknown about their long-term environmental impact.
The American woodcock is in trouble. For the past four decades, the woodcock population has been decreasing range-wide at roughly 1.2 percent annually.
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy are working with partners to restore and strengthen salt-marsh habitat at the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge.
Decisions about whether to build, remove, or modify dams involve complex trade-offs that are often accompanied by social and political conflict.
Due to the historically degraded water quality in upper Narragansett Bay, the fish that spend all or part of their lives there have seldom been studied. That’s changed.
WATCH HILL, R.I. — Eight decades ago 39 houses dotted the 1.5-mile-long sandy peninsula that juts westward into Little Narragansett Bay. The 1938 hurricane wiped out those structures.
SAUNDERSTOWN, R.I. — The Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island sees about 5,000 animals annually, with birds, rabbits, and squirrels leading the way.
KINGSTON, R.I. — Rhode Island has been awarded a $1.1 million grant for a five-year study of coyotes to be conducted by the Rhode Island Natural History Survey and The Conservation Agency.
A month-long survey of the deep waters from Georges Bank to the continental shelf south of Rhode Island has turned up an unexpectedly large number of a little-known whale.
KINGSTON, R.I. — As efforts are being undertaken to protect salt marshes from the rising sea, scientists may be ignoring an unexpectedly important player in this environmental drama.
The practice of biocontrol has its critics, but for many invasive pests that are well established there is no alternative.