Environment

Explore Wildlife Close Up at Roger Williams Park

Learn to draw animals and birds with a hands-on lesson working with preserved specimens from the vaults of the Museum of Natural History at Roger Williams Park.

Artists know that the best way to get to know a tree, or a bird, or a landscape is to draw it. The act of drawing forces us to pay attention, to connect, to create a bond between ourselves and whatever it is we’re studying. But if you want to draw wild animals and birds, it’s hard to get them…

Q-and-A with Jesse Burke, Photographer for Wild and Precious

The book brings together photographs from a series of road trips traveled over five years by photographer Jesse Burke and his daughter Clover to explore the natural world.

Wild and Precious, by local photographer and RISD alum Jesse Burke (who also contributes to Rhode Island Monthly), is an exploration of Burke’s time with his daughter, nine-year-old Clover, on the grandest stage of all: the natural world. Burke took Clover on a road trip through New England and beyond, snapping photos of her interacting with her surroundings. The solo…

4 Ways You Can Help Save Narragansett Bay

Everyone can help pitch in to clean up our bay, and it all starts with signing this change.org petition.

Rhode Islanders love Narragansett Bay — we name beer and cheese and cafes after it, we stroll along its shores, we sail on it and swim in it. But our proximity to the bay hasn’t always been great for the bay. We’ve used it as a dumping site, destroyed its underwater ecosystems with dredging, depleted the oysters, fish and lobsters,…

Foster Parrots Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary Hosts Open House

The nonprofit rescues abandoned and unwanted parrots and spreads awareness about the plight of keeping wild exotic birds in captivity.

When people think of animal rescues, they most commonly think of dogs and cats. But in Hope Valley, Rhode Island, there is a sanctuary that is saving unwanted and abandoned exotic birds. Foster Parrots is hosting an Open House for National Bird Day (a national campaign organized by Born Free USA and the Avian Welfare Coalition) on Sunday, January 10…

New Book Tells the Story of Rhode Island in Shellfish

A razor clam harvester has written a book about the rich history of oysters, clams and scallops in the Ocean State.

From the days when members of the Narragansett and Wampanoag tribes began harvesting oysters in Narragansett Bay to today’s aquaculture farms, shellfish have been central to the story of Rhode Island. Now that story is being told in a new book released today called Rhode Island’s Shellfish Heritage: An Ecological History. Published by the University of Rhode Island, it’s written…

See Peter Green's Photo Series of Nesting Baby Eagles

Peter Green's photo series captures six months of life from when a bald eagle pair began nesting near Providence this spring to when their two fledglings took flight in the fall.

The November issue of Rhode Island Monthly magazine features an extensive story on bird-watching in the Ocean State, detailing its popularity with locals who enjoy observing different species of birds from the purple martin to red-tailed hawks and the Snowy Owl. Writer Mary Grady spent time with local photographer Peter Green to learn about how the graphic designer became interested…

RI Commits $112 Million To Stormwater Clean-up

The state Department of Transportation will take action to improve Rhode Island's stormwater infrastructure.

The state Department of Transportation has promised to spend $112 million to improve the state’s stormwater infrastructure, in response to a $315,000 federal fine for violating the Clean Water Act and allowing pollutants to flow into Narragansett Bay. “We are pleased that RIDOT is finally being held accountable for knowing where its own storm drains are, for cleaning and maintaining…

Celebrate Local Shellfish at Saturday's Ocean State Oyster Festival

Eighteen growers are participating in the event that includes local brews and wine, live music, a shucking contest and food trucks.

Eighteen oyster farms will be shucking shellfish at this weekend’s Ocean State Oyster Festival, on Saturday, Sept. 19 from noon−5 p.m. at Riverwalk Park on South Water Street in Providence. For $25 per ticket, festival-goers will enjoy half a dozen raw or prepared oysters from various growers as well as a local brew or glass of wine, and ten percent…

MAP: Every Rhode Island Site Participating in Coastal Cleanup Day

The worldwide beach cleanup event is this Saturday, September 19. Will you do your part, oh sandy-bottomed resident of the Ocean State?

Hey, Ocean State resident: You could probably throw a rock from your house and hit a site for this Saturday's Coastal Cleanup Day, which marks the thirtieth anniversary of the international event. (But don't throw a rock; you might nail a piping plover or something.) Instead, grab a trash bag and head to one of the beaches below to take…

The Dish: Walrus and Carpenter Oyster Farm Dinner

A four-course feast and in-the-water raw bar were served on a sandbar in Charlestown's Ninigret Pond.

From a distance, it looks as if the dinner guests are walking on the surface of Ninigret Pond. A family-style table with a white tablecloth is set up, and a wooden plank for seating tops bright orange, upside down oyster crates. Thirty-six guests are marooned on a sandbar by choice, and one of the best chefs in Rhode Island is…