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.
The crab’s discovery in Rhode Island waters may be a sign of a northward expansion due to warming waters, but it also may have been released by someone who bought it at a pet store.
PROVIDENCE — A recent Bee Rally at the Statehouse offered tips for helping bees, butterflies and other insects that give life to local landscapes.
PROVIDENCE — Rick Enser, who spent 28 years with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, says ongoing concerns about the impact of the fossil-fuel facility on climate change, the actual need for the plant and a number of other issues continue to overshadow the location issue.
Saltmarsh sparrows continue their struggle to survive. The formerly common bird that lives exclusively in coastal marshes on the East Coast is predicted to go extinct within the next 50 years.
The recently completed Wood-Pawcatuck Wild and Scenic Rivers Study targets seven rivers in the Wood-Pawcatuck watershed for National Wild and Scenic Rivers designation.
DIGHTON. Mass. — All of the turtles are less than a year old, and all are part of research projects designed to boost their populations by raising hatchlings in captivity for their first year until they are less vulnerable to predation.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service needs help this summer to protect threatened piping plovers, their nests and chicks on Rhode Island beaches.
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.