One of the region’s most unusual birds is the subject of a research project by University of Rhode Island doctoral student Erin Harrington, and she’s seeking at least 80 volunteers to become citizen scientists.
Last month’s warm spell produced the first movement of southern New England frogs and salamanders from their woodland wintering grounds to their springtime breeding pools.
Three years into a five-year project to document the distribution of breeding birds in Rhode Island, and volunteers are turning up some rather unexpected results.
TAUNTON, Mass. — Work is underway to remove the West Britannia Dam, a river restoration project that will complete a 12-year initiative to remove obsolete dams on the Mill River.
Local biologists agree that most species of wildlife that spend their winters in Rhode Island are well adapted to weather the cold.
KINGSTON, R.I. — A University of Rhode Island doctoral student who surveyed the state for freshwater turtles and studied their habitat preferences has discovered that the once-common spotted turtle is in trouble, largely because of habitat disturbance.
It’s looking more and more like the winter of 2017-18 is going to be a big year for snowy owls in southern New England.
A new study confirms what marine mammal researchers have suspected for a while: North Atlantic right whales use nearly the entire eastern seaboard during the winter, and they move around a lot more than was previously thought.
A growing cadre of biologists and ornithologists from around the country have been banding saw-whet owls regularly since the early 2000s, to get an idea of the bird’s movement patterns and population distribution.
Biologists at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the University of Rhode Island have deployed bat detectors throughout the state to collect information about the movements and migration behavior of local bat populations.
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.