Category Archives: Historical

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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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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Hardy’s Bird Collection, 100 Years in Providence

Submitted by Marilyn Massaro, Curator of Collections Museum of Natural History and Planetarium Roger Williams Park, Providence The Museum of Natural History at Roger Williams Park in Providence is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the acquisition of the Manly Hardy … Continue reading

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Exec’s Blog: Can’t live with ’em, can’t shoot ’em.

Introductory Remarks by David W. Gregg, Executive Director, RINHS, at the opening the 16th annual Ecology of Rhode Island conference, organized by RINHS on the topic of “Trends in Human-Wildlife Interaction”, held March 29, 2012, in North Kingstown, RI. The … Continue reading

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Exec’s Blog: Overheard in the Taxonomy Dept…. “Hello? Anyone here?”

One thing that RINHS is here for is to encourage the practice of taxonomy: connect those with taxonomic expertise with those interested in learning and otherwise to facilitate by preserving systematic collections, maintaining a reference library, and organizing and publishing … Continue reading

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Goats on DOT Payroll?

Here’s an interesting news item from Maryland. They are experimenting with goats to mow highway verge in a wetland inhabited by bog turtles. Mowers would be tough on the little fellas, you see (the turtles, not the goats, well they’d … Continue reading

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Exec’s Blog: Marine Life Ethnohistory

by David W. Gregg, Executive Director, RINHS Someone recently asked me why some plants are considered invasive while others, that arrived here earlier (after all they all arrived here from somewhere else because RI was once all glaciated), are considered … Continue reading

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Exec’s Blog: A Funny Thing About Water Chestnut…

Okay, there’s not much funny about water chestnut, especially if you’re a swimmer and its seedpod is sticking out of your foot, you’re a fisherman and its just eaten another $5 lure, or you’re a lakeside landowner and your luxurious … Continue reading

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