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Credit: Heidi Piccerelli

The Raptors are Coming…

The Raptors are Coming…

Eagles, owls, hawks and falcons, formidable and magnificent predators of the sky, are headed to Bristol for Raptor Weekend 2014. Razor-sharp talons, extraordinary strength, hooked beaks that rip and tear, and highly developed eyesight and hearing make raptors the rulers of the avian world. Wildlife rehabilitators and experts from across the Northeast will bring a


Wading into Wetlands

Take a journey to the wetlands and discover the important role that water plays in our lives. Our exploration will include active sampling of this fascinating fresh water habitat. Please dress appropriately and wear clothes that can get dirty. Adults must accompany children. WHERE: Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol WHEN: 10 a.m.


Tidepool Trek

Want to bring the family to the beach but don’t feel like dealing with the crowds? Take a trek down to the shore for a different kind of outing.  Discover firsthand the amazing life at the rocky shoreline of Narragansett Bay; use nets and magnifying glasses to investigate the species that call the tidal zone

Photo by Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk

Wanted: butterfly hunters

It’s butterfly season again! Join Audubon Society of Rhode Island naturalists and other butterfly enthusiasts for the 11th annual North American Butterfly Association (NABA) Butterfly Count. Beginners are welcome on these naturalist-led walks that teach butterfly identification and promote the understanding of butterfly ecology in our state. WHERE: Three East Bay locations: Audubon Environmental Education

Photo credit: Deborah Richmond.

Coastal Marsh and Forest Foray

Rhode Island’s coastline provides sensitive, vital habitats for wildlife. Join Scott Ruhren, Director of Conservation, for a natural history excursion into one of Audubon’s coastal treasures as we look for unique plants and animals. Though it will be low tide, please wear sturdy waterproof shoes – knee boots are best – and dress for changing

An osprey plucks dinner from the Narrow River, Narragansett.

As ospreys return to the bay, monitors flock to orientation

    About thirty osprey (fish hawk) enthusiasts gathered recently at the Audubon Society in Bristol to an orientation session for this year’s osprey monitoring program, an ongoing volunteer effort to track the number of active and successful nests in Rhode Island. The group included both current and aspiring monitors who came to share recent osprey


International Migratory Bird Day at Audubon

Migratory Bird Day is an event designed to increase awareness about migratory birds and their habitats. Activities include crafts, stories, bird art and an owl presentation. WHERE: Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope St., Bristol WHEN: Saturday, May 3; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. COST: Free, courtesy of the Citizens Bank Foundation MORE INFO: asri.org


Vacation at Audubon

Whether you are looking for a week of fun or part of an afternoon, the Audubon Environmental Education Center in Bristol has it. Weeklong camp experiences are available for students from grades K-5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Looking for a shorter diversion? Daily programs include Nature Expedition, crafts, stories, and an animal

Audubon Osprey 1 by Butch Lombardi

Calling all citizen scientists

Volunteers needed for osprey monitoring. Spring has returned to New England and with it came the ospreys. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island manages the Rhode Island Osprey Monitoring Program, a network of volunteer observers who report on the breeding success of these fish-eating raptors. The program relies on approximately seventy-five volunteers to monitor over two


The story of an epic extinction

The passenger pigeon was unlike any other bird. It probably numbered in the billions, making it the most abundant bird in North America — if not the world. But this huge population was neither evenly distributed across the landscape nor was it any way cryptic: the species often formed aggregations so vast they are difficult