Category Archives: Naturalists

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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