Category Archives: Animals

Invasive Emerald Ash Borer Beetle Detected in Boston

With emerald ash borer beetle (EAB) being detected in Boston it is virtually certain to be in Rhode Island by now. This has been some time coming, as the beetle has gradually expanded from its accidental introduction in the midwest … Continue reading

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Marine Mammals of Rhode Island, Part 6, Sperm Whale

by Robert D. Kenney In a previous installment of “Marine Mammals of Rhode Island” we looked at the harbor porpoise, our smallest cetacean. We now turn to one of the largest—the sperm whale. Both species are toothed whales, or odontocetes; … Continue reading

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Marine Mammals of Rhode Island, Part 5, Harbor Seal

by Robert D. Kenney In our report for the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan, we showed that 36 species of marine mammals had been recorded in our estuarine and marine waters, and a few others were possibilities. Despite … Continue reading

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Meet the Board: Pete August

To put more of a face on the Natural History Survey, we are including profiles of board members, staff, and members among our Rhode Island Naturalist blog posts. This time the celebrity treatment goes to Pete August, Rhode Island’s bat-man … Continue reading

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Snowy Owl Invasion

by Todd McLeish Snowy owls aren’t often found in significant numbers in Rhode Island. They usually spend all year in the Arctic feeding on lemmings on the tundra. But occasionally, when the lemming population crashes or the owl population spikes, … Continue reading

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Marine Mammals of Rhode Island, Part 4, Harbor Porpoise

by Robert D. Kenney The porpoises are six species of small toothed whales within one family—closely related to the dolphins. The harbor porpoise is the smallest cetacean, and the only porpoise species, that occurs in the North Atlantic. When I … Continue reading

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Review: The Kingdom of Rarities by Eric Dinerstein

by Emilie Holland [Author Eric Dinerstein spoke at the Natural History Week reception, November 8. RINHS has a limited quantity of this book available for purchase at $25, including tax and shipping (which is cheaper than Amazon). Contact the office … Continue reading

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Marine Mammals of Rhode Island, Part 3, Bottlenose Dolphin

by Robert D. Kenney The bottlenose dolphin may be the most familiar species of cetacean for many people, for a couple of reasons. Small groups of bottlenose can be seen from the beach almost anywhere along the East Coast—year-round from … Continue reading

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Stumbling Upon an Elusive Wood Turtle

by Todd McLeish I’ve thought of myself as a turtle guy since as far back as I can remember. Most summer days during my early childhood were spent wading in neighborhood ponds to stalk painted turtles and spotted turtles with … Continue reading

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Marine Mammals of Rhode Island, Part 2, North Atlantic Right Whale

by Robert D. Kenney The North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) (abbreviated NARW) is one of three species of right whales, with the other two occurring in the North Pacific and Southern Ocean. They are closely related to the bowhead … Continue reading

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