Audubon Latest News and Events
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium closed to public on Tuesday, September 25th
The Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium will be closed to the public on Tuesday, September 25th for a full-staff meeting. We apologize for any inconvenience.
This week’s Wednesday Morning Bird Walk (9/19) will be at Napatree Point. We’ll meet at 9:15 in the parking lot near the beach. Park in the shop area or the two hour parking areas. Please don’t park in front of the cabana’s near the beach. Stay tuned for possible cancellation due to the weather.
Join Audubon’s Urban Education Coordinator Lisa Maloney for a FREE guided bird walk and a bird banding demonstration in Roger Williams Park. The group will gather at the parking lot of the Botanical Center on Cladrastis Avenue. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes.
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge Construction Update
The refuge will be closed to hikers/visitors on weekdays during construction due to heavy machinery operation in the parking lot area and near trail heads. The refuge will be open on Saturdays and Sundays - please follow signs regarding parking, as this may change weekly. Construction is expected to last 6 - 8 weeks, beginning on August 13, 2018. The barn and bathrooms will be closed. Check back here for progress updates.
Each fall thousands of raptors fly south through New England on their way to wintering grounds. The peak time to observe the hawks is typically mid-September through mid-October. Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut all have great places to watch this wonderful migration.
The Rhode Island Birding Atlas is a five-year effort which will help to answer some big questions upon its completion: How have bird species and distribution changed since the previous study was completed over 30 years ago? How have bird habitats been altered?
Come immerse yourself in the tropics and experience the amazing diversity of bird life in Panama. Upcoming trips are December 6 – 11, 2018 or February 7 – 12, 2019 and are led by Professional Ornithologist and Audubon Board Member, Charles Clarkson, PhD. Informational sessions are available!
Audubon September Programs and Events | Audubon loves autumn! Get up close and learn all about about amazing raptors, take a rambling hike in the cool forest, or enjoy a wild mushroom walk and dinner. As the cooler weather arrives, head outside and enjoy the natural world.
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge Construction
Please excuse our appearance as we work to improve the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge parking lot and surrounding areas. Construction is expected to last 6 - 8 weeks, beginning on August 13, 2018. All trails will remain open during construction, however the barn and bathrooms will be closed. Please follow signs regarding parking, as this may change daily. Check back here for progress updates.
Nature Center and Aquarium Closed Thursday, August 30th.
The Nature Center and Aquarium will be closed to the public on Thursday, August 30th for a private function. The trails and boardwalk will remain open. Learn more about renting the Nature Center and Aquarium for your next family, friend or business gathering.
Raptor Weekend is New England's largest celebration of raptors. This September, join us for exciting new presenters including a live flight demonstration and plenty of art on display. The event will also feature raptor presentations by Audubon experts and wildlife rehabilitators from across the Northeast that have Raptor Weekend fans coming back year after year!
LET’S GO BIRDING By Laura Carberry
Often when we think of pollinators, we conjure images of bees and butterflies. But there is another, often over-looked pollinator darting around Rhode Island...
Audubon August Programs and Events | It’s all about the ocean in August! Get up close and learn all about about cool marine critters, take a daylong trip in search of shorebirds, or design your own sea glass jewelry!
Eagles, Owls, Falcons and Hawks Descend on Audubon at Raptor Weekend 2018 | Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street (Route 114), Bristol, RI; September 8 & 9, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Audubon July Programs and Events | Relaxing twilight walks, morning River Cruises, and a evening lawn concert with lemonade…Audubon knows how to keep it cool in July when the weather gets hot and muggy!
Audubon’s policy department collaborates with many partners across the state to track environmental issues and develop successful advocacy strategies. Rhode Island’s environmental community works exceptionally well together, recognizing the power of many voices working together as one. An Editorial from the Spring 2018 Report by Meg Kerr, Audubon Senior Director of Policy
Audubon Society of Rhode Island received a $20,000 grant from the National Grid Foundation for the Audubon Environmental Education for Urban Schools Initiative. Thank you National Grid!
Audubon Celebrates National Pollinator Week by hosting a Bee Rally in the State House and lighting up the dome in black and yellow. That big striped State House Dome will “bee” hard to miss in June!
Audubon Designs and Monitors Pollinator Habitat by Hugh Markey
From the 2018 Spring Report
The first batch of prototype 'Nature at Work’ pollinator habitat road signs have been printed! Through her seat on the Pollinator Working Group, Audubon Senior Director of Policy Meg Kerr has worked with the RI DOT to create these signs which will be displayed amongst pollinator-friendly plants along Rhode Island roads.
Audubon Advocacy Gives a Voice to Pollinators in Crisis by Todd McLeish
From the 2018 Spring Report
No May Bird Walk Monday May 28th
There will be no May Bird Walk on Memorial Day, May 28th.
Exhibit hall to reopen on May 26th, 2018
The exhibit hall at the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium will be reopening on Saturday, May 26th, 2018. Thank you for your patience over the past few months as we worked to make necessary repairs. The Center is currently open seven days a week from 9 am - 5 pm. Join us for Memorial Day Nature Activities on Monday, May 28th!
Use the bill tracker tool to learn about hearings for specific pieces of legislation. Here are the bills Audubon is currently are watching.
Audubon Celebrates National Pollinator Week by hosting a Bee Rally in the State House and lighting up the dome in black and yellow. That big striped State House Dome will “bee” hard to miss in June!
It has a new pollinator garden, a recently built rustic meadow pavilion, a redesigned universally accessible trail and A NEW NAME!
The Providence Peregrine eggs have begun to hatch - as of 12 pm there are two hatchlings. Watch it live!
It’s spring! Grab your binoculars and search for spring migrants. May means warmer weather, so take the time to hit the trails and explore those special places in Rhode Island with Audubon!
It’s spring! Audubon Offers Migration Information, Birding Classes & FREE May Birding Walks.
Rhode Island Youth Conservation League Crew members work as a team on projects for land conservation and wildlife management partners including the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and The Nature Conservancy.
Smart renewable energy siting will allow Rhode Islander's to protect their natural resources for generations to come. Via the Providence Journal.
Go ahead and get a little muddy as you search for salamanders, explore life in a pond, head out on a swamp romp and more! Remember that Audubon has tons of hands-on nature fun during April School Vacation Week. Get those kids outside and have some fun!
Please join Audubon at the Environment Council of Rhode Island’s (ECRI) Earth Day at the State House on Wednesday, April 25 at 3:15 PM in the State Room
As the days lengthen and the air warms with sweet renewal, like clockwork, the annual rites of spring commence. It is also then that Audubon's phones begin to ring-- and ring --and ring. Hundreds of calls from concerned individuals and businesses want to know what to do about the spring babies. The answer, nine times out of ten, is 'nothing'. Find out why...
There is no easier way to connect kids with nature than birding. Pull out some binoculars and get the whole family interested in the world outside your window. Birds can be found year round, in any habitat, and the learning possibilities are virtually endless. All you need are a few simple tools.
It’s spring! Head outside in the warmer temperatures and search for seals, watch for Woodcocks, and join a birding walk. April is an awesome time at Audubon, come join the fun!
It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the passing of Audubon's Former Executive Director Alfred L. Hawkes. Al passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018. He served as Audubon Society of Rhode Island Executive Director from 1958 to 1993 and guided Audubon through its most critical growth period. Hawkes was recognized as a strong, statewide leader for shaping early environmental action and consciousness in the state.
Closings in Bristol and Smithfield
Due to the incoming snow storm, the Audubon Environmental Education Center in Bristol, and headquarters located at the Powder Mill Ledge Wildlife Refuge in Smithfield will be closed on Tuesday, March 13.
When it comes to the Ocean State Osprey population, the numbers this year may not be telling the whole story. Even with fewer fledglings recorded, birding experts believe that the 2017 numbers still indicate a healthy population.
Please be advised that Audubon is working diligently to open all trails in a safe and timely fashion with our limited staff. We have 15 public wildlife refuges and over 30 miles of trails to access and clean up as well - hike with extreme caution at other locations.
Congratulations to Lisa!
Step back in time and experience something sweet at the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge.
The 2018 legislature session is back in session. It is easy to think that advocacy ends when a good bill passes. But many times, passage of bills means that our work is just beginning. Editorial by Meg Kerr, Senior Director of Policy
Help us kick-off this season's Osprey Monitoring Program - sign up for a training session today!
Through Environmental Education, Audubon builds the next generation of conservationists. An article from the 2018 Winter Report Issue by Todd McLeish.
With warmer weather on the way, there is not a better time to get outside! Experience sweet maple sugaring, go birding with an expert, or bring the kids for Audubon’s Camouflaged Egg Hunt. Just pull on those boots and go!
Join us for a free guided bird walk along the shore of Narragansett Bay at India Point Park in Providence on Wednesday, February 21st 10:00am – 11:00am. Participants will meet near the parking lot and ramble along the shore looking for ducks and other waterfowl. Binoculars are available. Please dress for the weather.
Environment Council of Rhode Island is hosting a press conference to showcase the broad opposition to this plan. Speakers include Governor Raimondo, Senator Dawn Euer, Representative Lauren Carson, President of the Rhode Island Commercial Fisherman’s Association Chris Brown and Vice President and Director of Conservation Law Foundation of Rhode Island Amy Moses. If weather permits, we encourage attendees to march from the State House to BOEM's public meeting.
Striking Swallows, peaceful ponds and more - the twelve winning photos of the 2017 Audubon Photo Contest reveal nature in all its glory! Congratulations to the photographers whose images were selected as the winning photographs.
It’s cold and snowy out there. Brrr. But despite the temperature, many Rhode Islanders consistently buckle up their boots and head out in the cold to fill their bird feeders each week. Determined to help our feathered friends survive the winter storms and freezing temperatures, they offer up seed, suet, peanut butter and other treats in their yards. But are they REALLY helping nature? Audubon answers “Yes!”.
Ornithologist Charles Clarkson, coordinator for the RI Bird Atlas, will review the latest findings documenting the distribution, abundance and long-term change of birds in this state. The presentation will take place at the Bosworth Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb 8 at 7:00 pm in the Rogers Free Library. The event is free and open to the public.
Take a walk to look for sea birds at the shore or sample some tasty ales as you learn all about owls. Bring a friend, bundle up and join an Audubon expert to discover those natural wonders found only during the winter months.
The exhibit hall at the Audubon Environmental Education Center will be closed until further notice while its roof is under repair. All programs currently scheduled at the Audubon Environmental Education Center will take place as planned unless noted. Please check our program calendar for updates on specific programs.
From hunters to conservationists - learn how the Christmas Bird Count first began. The 118th CBC will take place at locations around the state. Please contact count leaders if you are interest in participating.
It looks like Rhode Island may be in for another irruption year for Snowy Owls. Although birding experts understand the fascination with these amazing owls, there is also a great deal of concern about the protection of these tired and hungry visitors from the arctic region.
Join the Audubon experts on a winter birding trip, search for owls on the evening trails, or create a festive wreath that entices your feathered friends. Take a break from the holiday rush and celebrate the natural world with your family this season!
An Audubon Report story by Todd McLeish from the 2017 Fall Report, supporting the Audubon 2017 series on climate change.
Part Four of the Audubon 2017 Report Series on Climate Change by Todd McLeish.
Audubon has plenty of offerings this holiday season. Join us for workshops, craft fairs and family fun. Choose to support nature this season with wonderful Audubon gifts.
Take action … be the solution … by choosing People’s Power and Light to provide clean, local sources of renewable energy to power your home.
Board Members Team Up to Improve Trails at Audubon’s Caratunk Wildlife Refuge in Seekonk, RI.
2017 Photo Contest Deadline Extension
Because so many people lost power during the final days of the photo contest entry period, we've extended the deadline until November 10th, 2017.
Managing Atlantic Menhaden- an op-ed published by Providence Journal. Audubon Society of Rhode Island Executive Director Larry Taft, Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association President Steve Medeiros, and Save The Bay Executive Director Jonathan Stone unite, calling on Rhode Islanders to get involved in this national issue.
An outdoor classroom and schoolyard habitat will be unveiled in the coming weeks at the Sarah Dyer Barnes Elementary School in Johnston, RI. Audubon Society of Rhode Island teamed up with the school's staff and volunteers to make this outdoor learning area come to life. Made possible through a grant from U.S. Fish and Wildlife, this wonderful addition will provided a safe haven for birds and insects.
R.I.’s Environmental Big Three United Against Power Plant - ecoRI News
More Than Meets the Eye… Audubon Refuges are Nature’s Defense Against Climate Change. An Audubon Report story by Todd McLeish from the 2017 Summer Report, supporting the Audubon 2017 series on climate change.
Important information for those planning to visit the Environmental Education Center in Bristol, RI now through October 2017.
Exquisitely carved songbirds, raptors, waterfowl and other wildlife will be showcased at the Audubon Bird and Wildlife Carving Exposition on November 4 and 5, 2017. Meet the award-winning artisans, shop the carvings, observe demonstrations and enjoy the Environmental Education Center trails in fall.
A very clever Raven named Zachariah has recently found a new home with the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. In addition to the Raven, Audubon has recently adopted two Red-tailed Hawks and a Great Horned Owl from a retiring wildlife rehabilitator in Maine.
Part Three of the Audubon Report 2017 Series on Climate Change by Todd McLeish
This is a historic accomplishment for Rhode Island. We were the first state to adopt high level green building standards through the original Green Building Act back in 2009. Rhode Island has taken these high standards one step further with these amendments by implementing LEED for Neighborhood Development and SITES standards as public policy and law.
Audubon Society of Rhode Island is terribly saddened by the news of Lorrie Schumacher's passing.
An editorial by Audubon Senior Director of Policy Meg Kerr on greening your personal lifestyle. Taken from the Audubon Summer 2017 Report Issue.
Audubon has long supported green, nature-based solutions to reduce stormwater runoff. Learn about Rhode Island's past, present and future efforts to improve water quality in the State.
This August, we celebrate National Water Quality Month. How can you have an impact on water quality? We’ve got some ideas for the role you play in making a difference.
Last year was an incredible nesting season for Rhode Island's Ospreys. The 2016 Osprey Monitoring Report, which illustrates the hard work of over 100 volunteers, has been completed by Audubon's Director of volunteer services and coordinator of the monitoring program, Jonathon Scoones.
Walter J. Berry of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports on the status of the Seaside Sparrow. Like the Saltmarsh Sparrow, Seaside Sparrows are threatened by a loss of habitat due to climate change. An article from Audubon's Spring 2017 Report, supporting the Audubon 2017 Report series on climate change.
Audubon naturalists lead teams into the field to identify and record butterfly sightings. No experience is needed. This event is part of the North American Butterfly Association's annual survey of butterflies.
Part Two of the 2017 Audubon Report Series on Climate Change By Todd McLeish.
We are gearing up for a busy summer at Audubon! Scroll down to find ways in which you can get involved, information on citizen science programs, updates and other volunteering news!
Just a reminder: There will not be a bird walk on Monday (Memorial Day).
Audubon is recruiting high school students and new graduates (ages 16-18) for environmental restoration crew positions. Earn money this summer by helping your local environment!
Come celebrate pollinators June 19th - 25th and help spread the word about how to protect them.
There is an increasing buzz about pollinators these days. But it’s not that sound in your garden as bees go about their business. Learn about what Audubon is doing to help our blossom-loving friends, what you can do at home and in your community and all about how you can celebrate National Pollinator Week with us!
Wednesday Morning Bird Walkers were hard at work on May 10th, creating a new pollinator garden at Audubon's Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge in Exeter, RI.
Spring Migration is here! May is the peak month for the spring bird migration, with something different moving through each week. Get in on the best birding of the year with Audubon!
Great Egrets undergo some fantastic changes during breeding season. Learn about them here.
Download, view and share our infographic on climate change. What causes climate change? What are the results? What can you do?
Expand your birding skills with Audubon's upcoming spring birding programs.
Get a little muddy, get a little wet, have the best school vacation yet! Join Audubon in a week-long voyage to discover and test your nature skills. Take off on an expedition with an Audubon naturalist and explore our local habitats with nets, magnifying glasses, and more. Become a Nature Explorer!
Audubon’s Kingston Wildlife Research Station Records Bird Population and Migration Data. An article By Hugh Markey from Audubon's Winter 2017 Report, supporting the Audubon 2017 Report series on climate change.
Become an Audubon Osprey Monitor: Have fun watching Osprey while helping citizen science in Rhode Island. Join us this Sunday for the last Osprey Monitoring Training session.
The Audubon Society of Rhode Island, along with many other environmental groups held a press conference today at the RI State House to voice opposition to Invenergy's proposed $700-million gas-burning power plant in Burrillville. See the entire press conference here.
A letter from Lawrence Taft, Executive Director of Audubon.
Time spent in nature is a buffer against the hectic pace of modern life. In an ever-changing environment, photographer Rufus Abdullah strives to preserve moments found in the natural world. Whether it is animal or plant life, his images are witness to his quest for serenity and balance.
Experience the Galapagos Islands through photograph with Audubon Board Member Candace Powell and her husband Chris. Learn about a chance to win this exciting trip at Audubon's Party for the Peregrines auction.
Meg Kerr, Senior Director of Policy, invites you to learn about Audubon's current advocacy initiatives.
Learn the types of nesting materials you can provide in order to give the birds a helping hand this spring.
Part One of the Audubon 2017 Report Series on Climate Change by Todd McLeish.
Interested in conducting important citizen science field work? Join Audubon’s long-running Osprey Monitoring program. Training sessions are starting soon!
Pack up the kids and head to Audubon for vacation week fun! They can dissect squids, learn about sharks, meet some owls and amazing amphibians too! Join the fun!
We have some fun and unique upcoming opportunities for volunteers!
Closings due to Inclement Weather
On Thursday, February 9th, Audubon's Environmental Education Center in Bristol and the Headquarters in Smithfield will be closed due to snow. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
The Energize Rhode Island Coalition, along with Senator Jeanine Calkin and Representative Aaron Regunberg, invites the public to join them as they introduce the Energize Rhode Island Act of 2017 at a press conference on Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 3pm to 4pm.
Congratulations to the winners of the Audubon 2016 Photo Contest! View the winning photos here.
Audubon Supports Open Space Protection Bill. Meg Kerr, Senior Director of Policy for Audubon, and the Rhode Island Land Trust Council testified for open space protection on January 18.
In honor of America Recycles Day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing significant findings on the economic benefits of the recycling industry with an update to the national Recycling Economic Information (REI) Study.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium
Visit Rhode Island's largest nature center and aquarium. Walk the trails through meadows and marshes to Narragansett Bay. Say hello to Finn and Atlanta, our resident Red-tailed Hawks.
Experience the Birding Trip of a Lifetime
Birds in Central Panama
December 6 – 11, 2018 or February 7 – 12, 2019
Led by Professional Ornithologist and Audubon Board Member, Charles Clarkson, PhD