Category Archives: Education

Lone Star Ticks vs. Chiggers

by David Gregg The $5 term for the ticks and mosquitoes, no-see-ums, deer flies, horse flies, and all that literally bug us while we’re enjoying our outdoors pursuits, collectively, is “haematophagous arthropods.” Mites are in the Acari, a sub-class of … Continue reading

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Digital Herbarium is NOT an Oxymoron

By Keith Killingbeck From the annals of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show and The Magnificent Carnac, the answer is … KIRI. The question is: What is … a) a genetically engineered fruit from New Zealand similar to the kiwi? b) Google’s … Continue reading

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A Barnacle Stranding at Block Island

by Robert D. Kenney Wait a minute. Who cares about barnacles washing up on a beach? Isn’t the beach where barnacles are supposed to be? But what if they’re attached to a whale? Everyone gets excited about a dead whale … Continue reading

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A Copperhead in Rhode Island?

by Todd McLeish When a northern copperhead snake was reported to have bitten an East Providence resident in his driveway last week, it raised a number of concerns among Rhode Islanders about the state’s snake population. The bite from the … 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 8, Harp Seal

by Robert D. Kenney Now where were we? Installment 6 in this series on the marine mammals of Rhode Island was on harbor seals. The next was supposed to be about harp seals to contrast the two species, but the … 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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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 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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