A tiny, winged invader is making its way up the Mid-Atlantic Coast. Rhode Island is holding out, but only just so.
Just hearing the name of one of Rhode Island’s newest invasive species is enough to make local residents queasy: snake worms.
Spring salamanders are one of the giants of the salamander world, at least in the Northeast. They can grow to more than 8 inches in length. But they are also quite rare in southern New England.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is surveying lakes, ponds, and rivers across the state this summer as part of an annual monitoring program to identify aquatic invasive species.
There are 40 kinds of orchids in Rhode Island and 34 are on the state’s list of rare species.
After a helium-filled balloon is released, it’s soon out of sight and quickly out of mind. But a recent study provides additional evidence that we should pay much more attention to balloons, because they can have devastating consequences to marine life.
EXETER, R.I. — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management will conduct a forest health project later this summer on about 200 acres in the Arcadia Management Area.
CRANSTON, R.I. — Paddlers in kayaks and canoes, along with non-boating volunteers, are needed to collect seed pods from a noxious plant that threatens to cover a local lake.
The North American population of an endangered seabird, most of which nest on a few small islands in Buzzards Bay, is higher than at any time since 1987, providing scientists with a touch of optimism.
A decision to add two species of river herring to the federal endangered species list is due from the National Marine Fisheries Service, and it could have significant implications for southeastern New England.
While Rhode Island’s reptiles and amphibians haven’t experienced the level of habitat loss and disease that occurs in Southeast Asia or the tropics, the crisis here is real.
There is just one population of eastern spadefoot toads left in Rhode Island.
Diamondback terrapins are among the rarest turtles in the Northeast, and the only ones that spend most of their lives in salt marshes and other quiet brackish waters.
The southeast Asian box turtle is the most heavily trafficked turtle in the world — captured and sold for food and medicine and for the pet trade.