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.
Rhode Island is the smallest state, but it plays an outsized role in providing food and habitat for migrating birds traveling through the region each fall.
Since the 1980s, wild turkeys have migrated from rural western Rhode Island to urban and suburban neighborhoods, where they dine from bird feeders and on handouts from humans.
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — Between 1,500 and 5,000 black ducks annually winter in ponds, salt marshes and protected coves in Rhode Island, and a couple hundred linger in the state for the summer, though only a few are believed to breed here.
MYSTIC, Conn. — The Seal Rescue Clinic at Mystic Aquarium is a modest, outdoor, fenced area where seals, sea turtles and other marine mammals rescued from nearby beaches are cared for until they are ready to be released back into the wild. And in mid-winter, it’s a busy place.
Just three North Atlantic right whales were born this winter, a precipitous decline in the species birth rate that has scientists concerned for the future of one of the rarest whales on Earth.
The official list of Rhode Island’s rare and endangered plants has been updated for the first time in a decade, and the picture is somewhat grim. A total of 81 species were added to the Rhode Island Natural Heritage Database, bringing the total to 414.
Once common and abundant across 28 states from Connecticut to South Dakota, the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces, the rusty patched bumblebee has experienced a swift and dramatic decline since the late 1990s.