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.
Most were shearwaters, long-winged birds that skim the surface of the waves as they search for marine organisms on which to feed. Last year at this time, however, many were unexpectedly dying.
KINGSTON, R.I. — After more than 10 years of research, scientists at the University of Rhode Island have released a species of moth collected from Ukraine to help control invasive black and pale swallow-worts.
The emerald ash borer, a destructive forest insect from Asia, has been found for the first time in Rhode Island.
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. — Josh Beuth, the biologist who oversees the banding of 600 to 800 resident geese each summer, said the state’s population of non-migratory geese was established in the late 1980s.
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Work recently began on the second phase of a $290,000 project to remove the designated “high-hazard” dam at the Shady Lea Mill and restore the natural free-flowing river channel.