Category Archives: Biodiversity

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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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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Counting Critters

By Todd McLeish BioBlitz is my favorite day of the year, better than Christmas and my birthday and almost every vacation trip. And it’s coming up again on June 7 and 8. If you’ve never been, make a plan to … Continue reading

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BioBlitz Registration Now Open

All participants MUST pre-register and be assigned to a team. Registration (NOW OPEN): …with Friday catered dinner and Saturday continental breakfast: $20 RINHS members, $30 non-members …with no meals: $10 RINHS members, $15 non-members …latest in the famous RI BioBlitz … Continue reading

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Review: Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East

REVIEW Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East, Dennis Paulson, Princeton University Press, Dec. 2011 by David W. Gregg, Ph.D., Executive Director, RINHS One goal of the Natural History Survey is to support aspiring naturalists to develop their skills, to help … Continue reading

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Marine Mammals of Rhode Island, Part 1, Historical Context

by Robert D. Kenney Some three dozen species of marine mammals are known to occur in Narragansett Bay, Block Island Sound, Rhode Island Sound, and nearby coastal and continental shelf areas. Their occurrence in the region has been reviewed in … Continue reading

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Review: Field Guide to the Ants of New England

REVIEW A Field Guide to the Ants of New England, Aaron M. Ellison, Nicholas J. Gotelli, Elizabeth J. Farnsworth, and Gary D. Alpert, Yale University Press, 2012. By David Lubertazzi, Ph.D., Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University Most people can … Continue reading

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RI BioBlitz final species lists starting to come in

We just got the spider list for the Jamestown BioBlitz today. The count of Araneae (true spiders) species is 44, which is 10 higher than we had for all spiders and kin in the preliminary count. I have to check … Continue reading

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Exec’s Blog: Nature Giveth and Nature Taketh Away

by David W. Gregg, Executive Director, RINHS My wife and I are lucky to live in a beautifully unspoiled leftover from Rhode Island’s earlier agrarian days, a small, old dairy farm. The other morning I was walking out to the … Continue reading

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BioBlitz 2010 A Success

The teams are just back in from BioBlitz 2010 and I’m sure people are working hard to unload gear, hang out sleeping bags and tents out to dry, and catch up on sleep. Thank you all for your tremendous efforts … Continue reading

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