Category Archives: News

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 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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Marine Mammals of Rhode Island, Part 5, Harbor Seal

by Robert D. Kenney In our report for the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan, we showed that 36 species of marine mammals had been recorded in our estuarine and marine waters, and a few others were possibilities. Despite … 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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Exec’s Blog: Global Warming, Eek!

[I originally published this in January 2008. I thought in honor of today’s low temperatures I’d resurrect it from the back of the blog roll. Enjoy! -DWG] by David W. Gregg, Executive Director, RINHS Today’s Exec’s Blog is about global … 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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Marine Mammals of Rhode Island, Part 4, Harbor Porpoise

by Robert D. Kenney The porpoises are six species of small toothed whales within one family—closely related to the dolphins. The harbor porpoise is the smallest cetacean, and the only porpoise species, that occurs in the North Atlantic. When I … 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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