Wildlife Solutions: Veggie Vandals

East Greenwich Library 82 Peirce St., East Greenwich

Rabbits, groundhogs and deer: The bane of many gardeners' existence. Half-eaten tomatoes and munched-on magnolias are enough to drive anyone to their wits' end. While these critters may seem impossible to manage, there are measures you can take to defend your garden. As frustrating as these fuzzy felons may be, they are important to Rhode […]

Wildlife Wednesdays: Understanding Shorebird Movement in New England

Kettle Pond Visitor Center 50 Bend Rd, Charlestown, RI, United States

“Understanding Shorebird Movement in New England,” with Rebeca Linhart, graduate student in natural resources science at URI. Rebeca was with us last summer to talk about her planned research on shorebirds that migrate through New England, with a special focus on Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She’s back to tell us about her latest results, including […]

Wildlife Wednesdays: Dolphins in Southern New England

Kettle Pond Visitor Center 50 Bend Rd, Charlestown, RI, United States

“Dolphins in Southern New England,” with Bob Kenney, naturalist, Friends board member, and Wildlife Wednesdays host. Many people are familiar only with the bottlenose dolphin, like TV’s “Flipper.” But would you believe that 13 species of dolphins have been observed in our region, including two different bottlenose dolphins, and another five could possibly occur, especially […]

Summer Dragon Hunt

Great Swamp Wildlife Management Area West Kingston, RI

In the swampy wilds of Rhode Island, there be dragons. Join RIDEM Wildlife Outreach staff, and special guests Virginia (Ginger) Brown and Nina Briggs, on a summer "dragon hunt" in the Great Swamp. Ginger and Nina will be sharing their wealth of knowledge on R.I.'s dragonflies and damselflies, as well as their experience collecting data […]

Wildlife Wednesdays: Ticks in the Woods and Prevention of Tick-Borne Diseases

Kettle Pond Visitor Center 50 Bend Rd, Charlestown, RI, United States

“Ticks in the Woods and Prevention of Tick-borne Diseases,” with Howard Ginsberg, an entomologist retired from the U.S. Geological Survey, Eastern Ecological Science Center, Rhode Island Field Station at URI. Ticks can transmit several pathogens, including the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, the major vector-borne disease in Rhode Island. Tick ecology and transmission patterns of […]

Wildlife Wednesdays: Observing Your Furry and Feathered Neighbors Using Trail Cameras

Kettle Pond Visitor Center 50 Bend Rd, Charlestown, RI, United States

“Observing Your Furry and Feathered Neighbors Using Trail Cameras,” with naturalist Elise Torello, a perennial audience favorite at every Rhode Island Nature Video Festival. Are you curious about your wild furry and feathered neighbors who have been poking around in your compost, nibbling vegetation in your yard, or just passing through? One fun way to […]

Coexisting with Coyotes

Greene Library 179 Hopkins Hollow Road, Coventry

Coyotes are greatly misunderstood, but most of their fear-instilling actions are simply a part of their life history and strategy for survival. Still, these critters can certainly become a nuisance, especially if they begin to den under decks and dine out of chicken coops. Learning why these creatures behave the way they do is the […]

Wildlife Wednesdays: Trends of the Rhode Island Osprey Population

Kettle Pond Visitor Center 50 Bend Rd, Charlestown, RI, United States

“Trends of the Rhode Island Osprey Population,” with Lincoln Dark, program coordinator for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s osprey nest monitoring program. The recovery of the osprey population is one of the most inspiring stories of wildlife conservation, but how has the local population in Rhode Island changed? In this presentation, Lincoln will discuss […]

Wildlife Wednesdays: Rhode Island’s Great White Sharks, and What About The Seals?

Kettle Pond Visitor Center 50 Bend Rd, Charlestown, RI, United States

“Rhode Island’s Great White Sharks, and What About The Seals?,” with Jon Dodd, executive director of the Atlantic Shark Institute. The white shark is an iconic species that is found world-wide, but with a declining population—classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Jon’s presentation will focus on the shark research that the Atlantic Shark […]

Wildlife Management Areas 101

North Smithfield Public Library 20 Main St., Slatersville

Whether you love hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, birdwatching, or horseback riding, Rhode Island’s State Wildlife Management Areas are beautiful places to explore and enjoy nature. While these conservation lands are open to the public, there are some rules visitors need to follow to keep both people and wildlife safe. Join RIDEM’s Division of Fish and […]

Wildlife Wednesdays: Gray Whales in the Atlantic Ocean

Kettle Pond Visitor Center 50 Bend Rd, Charlestown, RI, United States

“Gray Whales in the Atlantic Ocean,” with Bob Kenney, Wildlife Wednesdays host and semi-retired marine mammal ecologist from the URI Graduate School of Oceanography. This spring a gray whale was spotted at Nantucket Shoals by a New England Aquarium aerial survey. What was a species most often called the “California gray whale” doing off Massachusetts? […]

Wildlife Wednesdays Summer Lecture Series

Kettle Pond Visitor Center 50 Bend Rd, Charlestown, RI, United States

Come hear about “Recovering Rhode Island’s Eastern Spadefoot Population,” with Nick Ernst, wildlife biologist with the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. If you came to Wildlife Wednesdays last year, you remember part of the parking lot blocked off to protect the tiny spadefoot toadlets hopping around in front of the visitor center. Nick’s talk […]

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