Category Archives: Conservation

Marine Mammals of Rhode Island, Part 10, Pilot Whale

by Robert Kenney We’ve reached the point in this series where we need to talk about the differences between a dolphin and a whale. The truth is that there isn’t a real definition; it’s pretty much arbitrary. In general, bigger … Continue reading

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Marine Mammals of Rhode Island, Part 9, Fin Whale

by Robert Kenney Although they don’t get the publicity that North Atlantic right whales or wandering belugas do, or the love from the public that humpback whales do, fin whales (also known as finbacks) are the most common large whale … Continue reading

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RINHS Rediscovers “Lost” Ladybug at Rocky Point

At a press event Thursday, June 4, the Rhode Island Natural History Survey announced that citizen scientists participating in the 2014 BioBlitz event at Rocky Point Park, in Warwick, re-discovered a species of ladybug once common throughout eastern North America … Continue reading

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Meet the Board: Nancy Karraker

Nancy Karraker was born at the Grand Canyon and grew up in Yosemite National Park and Olympic National Park, so it’s no wonder that she became interested in wildlife and conservation. Her father, a ranger for the National Park Service, … Continue reading

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Marine Mammals of Rhode Island, Part 7, Beluga

by Robert D. Kenney Installment 7 in this series on the marine mammals of Rhode Island was supposed to be on harp seals, but recent events have forced us to let the beluga cut in line without waiting its turn. … 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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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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Win a Week on Block Island from RINHS

RINHS is raising money to support our bioblitz, lectures, biodiversity data management, and many other projects and services in the coming year. To encourage people to dig a little deeper, those who give $250 or more to the Natural History … Continue reading

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