Category Archives: News

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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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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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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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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Unusual RI Wildflower Rediscovered After 160 Years

A rare wildflower native to New England but not seen in Rhode Island since 1846 was discovered May 3 on a protected parcel of land on Block Island by staff of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey. Three plants of … Continue reading

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Belugas are Back!

For the second year in a row, several beluga whales have appeared in Narragansett Bay, far from their typical haunts in the Arctic. The sighting of three belugas off Jamestown on May 10, which were spotted again the following day … 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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