Audubon Latest News and Events

Audubon supports the Woodland Preservation and Stewardship Act of 2019, introduced by Rhode Island Representative Arthur Handy (District 18) and developed in partnership with Audubon. This bill recognizes and protects Rhode Island’s essential forest habitats.

This week (3/20/19) we will walk at Great Swamp in South Kingstown. Early migrants have started arriving, and the weather on Wednesday is supposed to be nice, so we should be reminded that Spring really is just around the corner. Meet at 9:00 in the parking area at the very end of Great Neck Road. We’re between hunting seasons, so orange is not necessary.

Without changes in state policy, development will continue unchecked in areas of the state critically important as bird and wildlife habitat.

Let's go birding with Laura Carberry! It’s almost time to head out and search for one of the strangest shorebirds of New England, the American Woodcock. Learn more about these unique birds and register for a Woodcock walk!

Land and Water Conservation Fund permanently reauthorized & Rhode Island's Wood-Pawcatuck River designated as part of the Wild and Scenic River System.

So, what's the plan? An editorial piece by Audubon Senior Director of Policy Meg Kerr.

Audubon dedicates significant financial and human resources to our programs and our animal ambassadors, but we think the investment is well worth it. The outcome we aim for is environmental literacy, where people understand and appreciate birds, wildlife and the natural world and then will provide the necessary support to help us protect it.

The newest additions to Audubon’s animal ambassadors are an Eastern Screech-Owl named Penny whose feathers are the color of her namesake coin and a young Common Raven named Lucy, who was found on the ground last summer at a major road intersection in Connecticut.

Weekend Closings at the Nature Center and Aquarium

The Nature Center and Aquarium will be closed today (March 2) due to the snow. The Center will also be closed to the public on Sunday, March 3rd for a private function. The trails and boardwalk will remain open. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please join the Environment Council of Rhode Island at a rally and press conference to urge the General Assembly and the state government to take action on climate change.

Help us kick-off this season's Osprey Monitoring Program - sign up for a training session today!

Nature Center and Aquarium to open at noon today

The Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium will open at noon today (Monday, February 18th, 2019) due to snow conditions. See you then for school vacation activities! Check out the schedule here:

Don't know what to do with the family during the February school vacation break? Audubon is the solution! Come meet some awesome owls, hawks, turtles and other cool critters! Vacation week is WILD at Audubon, so bring the kids and join the fun.

Closings at Audubon due to Snow

The Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol and Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge headquarter offices in Smithfield will be closing today at 2 pm. Stay safe and warm, everyone!

The bill would prevent hundreds of our most popular and life-changing programs from happening at local schools and with scout groups. It will also have a significant impact on Raptor Weekend, New England’s largest raptor festival and Audubon’s largest public program.

The next FREE Providence Guided Bird Walk will be held at India Point Park on Wednesday, February 6 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. This spot has excellent views of Narragansett Bay as well as a large park space along the coastline. Binoculars are available. India Point Park is located at 201 India St, Providence, RI 02903.

February is full of frosty fun at Audubon. Hit the trails with snowshoes, search for eagles on a river cruise, or enjoy winter stargazing at Caratunk. Grab your hat and mittens and enjoy some outdoor winter explorations!

Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge is closed

Audubon's Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge is currently closed due to the extreme ice in the parking lot.

Greet each month this year with a scene from Rhode Island's natural world! The 2019 Audubon Society of Rhode Island Calendar features photos captured by eleven local wildlife photographers. Your purchase supports the habitats and animals pictured in this colorful calendar.

Fort Wildlife Refuge Parking Lot Closed

Please note that the Fort Wildlife Refuge (North Smithfield) parking lot is currently closed until further notice due to extreme mud. Street parking on Route 5 is allowed. If needed, you may also park on the access road, as long as it remains passable. Trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Please be careful walking to the trail head and don't forget your waterproof boots!

This winter, don't forget to include plants for pollinators in your spring gardening plans! | An editorial by Audubon Senior Director of Policy Meg Kerr

Don’t be a couch potato in January! Join a birding expert and search for waterfowl at the shore, head out and prowl for owls, or learn to identify animal tracks in the snow. Nature in winter is truly a wonderland. Just bundle up and go!

Assessment of climate response in Rhode Island

The Coalition for a Cooler Rhode Island (CACRI) completed an assessment of Rhode Island’s implementation of the Resilient Rhode Island Act. The report finds that the state has not accomplished what was required by the Act and argues that much more urgency must be given to climate response. Click here to access the report.​​​​​​​

Visitors who view the conservation staff as the face of Audubon should not be surprised to find them mowing grass, repairing kiosks, building boardwalks or doing innumerable other tasks that some may not consider conservation work. But while they are happy to answer questions, identify plants and do whatever else may be necessary to help visitors enjoy their experience on the property, there is always more to do.

Five years ago, Audubon set a goal to attain accreditation with the national Land Trust Alliance (LTA) to prove to ourselves, and our supporters, that we are indeed (and not just in theory) careful and proper stewards of the land. This accreditation is the national gold standard for non-governmental organizations that conserve land.

See how your state representative and senator performed in 2017 and 2018 using ECRI's latest Green Report Card. Once you review their grade, contact them with thanks or encourage them to be more environmentally responsible, using our instructions and letter template.

Wonderfully fragrant and lovely to behold, those snow covered pines, evergreen boughs, and festive branches covered with red berries are all protected on Audubon Wildlife Refuges.

From hunters to conservationists - learn how the Christmas Bird Count first began. The 119th CBC will take place at locations around the state. Please contact count leaders if you are interest in participating.

20th Annual Photos with Santa is Fully Booked

All available reservations have been fully booked for East Bay Newspaper's Photos with Santa event on Saturday, December 1st at the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium. Unfortunately they will not be able to accommodate day-of arrivals without a reservation for this portion of the day's activities. However, the Nature Center and Aquarium will be open to the public for free on this day thanks to Citizens Bank. Crafts, activities, walking trails, the aquarium and the Christmas Tree Sale can be enjoyed by all.

December 2018 Nature Programs and Events | 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!

Two major reports were recently issued that confirm the urgency of the climate crisis. They remind us here in the Ocean State of the urgency of our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fund projects that enhance the resiliency of our communities.

Audubon and Rhode Island Renewable Energy Siting Stakeholder Committee partners shared concerns and recommendations with government officials on November 2nd, 2018. Read the submitted letter here.

Audubon is looking for volunteers to help out with two events on December 1st, 2018: Annual Tree Sale and Photos with Santa in Bristol and the Audubon Holiday Craft Fair in Smithfield.

Flooding at Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge

Due to recent heavy rains, portions of the trails are under water. Please backtrack if necessary. We do not advise crossing through deep water. We will announce when these areas are passable.

Audubon joined with other partners and submitted comments on the draft regulations for the 2017, “Taxation of Farm Forest and Open Space Land” law.

Happy Veteran's Day

The Nature Center and Aquarium will be offering free admission for members (active or retired) of the military (up to 4 people) with military ID on November 11th and 12th.

Thanks to a grant from the Champlin Foundations as well as gifts from individual donors, the parking lot and rain garden work at Caratunk is expected to be complete before the onset of winter. Learn about other new features at wildlife refuges around the state, too!

Thank you for your enthusiastic support of the Green Economy and Clean Water Bond, which passed statewide with nearly 80% approval. With your continued support we will monitor and advocate for quick distribution of these critical funds to help birds, wildlife and us all.

November 2018 Nature Programs | Give thanks for all that nature provides! Bundle up on a crisp, quiet November evening to search for owls or head out for a birding caravan - South County style. Bring the kids on an autumn nature walk and warm up with cocoa or cider. Enjoy the spirit of the season at Audubon!

Do you enjoy capturing the wonder of nature through the lens of a camera? Share landscapes, birds, creatures or people interacting with nature. Winning photos will be featured on our social media channels, in our member Report issue and on our website. Photos MUST be taken on one of Audubon Society of Rhode Island's wildlife refuges that are open to the public. Submissions are due by October 31, 2018. For complete details and to enter, click here:

Annual awards for Educator and Volunteer of the Year were presented as well as the selection of officers and new members for the 2018-2019 Board of Directors and Council of Advisors. A keynote address on the State of the Birds was given by Dr. Charles Clarkson. Major gubernatorial candidates addressed environmental issues.

The Johnston High School Music Department took donations in Rachel Carson's name at their Friday Night Live event in October. Due to her love of nature, they chose to donate the funds to Audubon in her memory.

Audubon’s New California Two Spot Octopus! Watch closely and you might see eight tiny arms slowly emerge from a small rock cluster. You might even catch it moving gracefully creeping along the bottom in search of food using suckers. But you will have to look carefully – it is already a master of camouflage.

Volunteer at a different kind of autumn celebration! Assignments include set-up and break down, facilitating crafts and games, assisting with pumpkin sales and more. Apply Here

On November 6, voters in Rhode Island have the opportunity to support a critical investment in land and water protection. Learn about the $47.3 Million Green Economy and Clean Water Bond (Bond #3 on the ballot) and what you can do to help spread the word!

Nature Center and Aquarium Winter Hours and Closings
Nature Center and Aquarium Winter Hours and Closings

The Audubon Nature Center & Aquarium will be closed Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th for a private event.
Winter hours begin on October 15th: click here for details.
Though the Center will be closed for winter hours on Tuesday, October 16th, the trails will also be inaccessible due to work in the parking lot.

They may have chiseled features and feathers of wood, but these amazing works of art seem ready to flap their wings and fly. Exquisitely carved songbirds, raptors, waterfowl and other wildlife will be showcased at the Audubon Bird and Wildlife Carving Exposition on November 3 & 4.

An editorial by Audubon Senior Director of Policy Meg Kerr, on the diversity in background, skills and talents amongst people who care deeply about the environment. We can all appreciate the natural world and commit to its protection - even if we do not know all the names.

Powder Mill Ledges Parking Lot Closed This Weekend

The parking lot at Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge in Smithfield will be closed this weekend, starting Friday evening, for a pavement sealing. If you park in a nearby lot to access the trails, please be careful crossing and walking along the surrounding busy roads.

Featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Charles Clarkson, coordinator of the Rhode Island Breeding Bird Atlas as well as three major candidates running in the November election for RI Governor.

Audubon will co-host this memorial walk with Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council to honor the late Paul McElroy, who enjoyed nature walks as a child. As an adult, Paul was an avid supporter of both organizations. October 6, 2018; 9am - 11am; Riverside Park, 50 Aleppo Street, Providence, RI.

Nature Center & Aquarium Winter Hours and Closings

The Audubon Nature Center & Aquarium will be closed Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th for a private event.
Winter hours begin on October 15th: click here for details.
Though the Center will be closed for winter hours on Tuesday, October 16th, the trails will also be inaccessible due to work in the parking lot.

The AuduBonfire member appreciation night was a blast! Fires, friends, and fun in nature made for the most magical autumn evening. Thank you to our members for joining us this weekend and for your enduring support.

Looking for a way to do your part to help pollinators? Join us for our popular beekeeping class!  In this six-session course you'll learn the basics from local beekeeper Kevin England. Learn about the class, instructor and register here!

Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium closed to public on Monday, October 1st

The Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium will be closed to the public on Monday, October 1st for a parking lot sealing. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Audubon October Programs and Events | Crisp, cool air.  Beautiful fall foliage on winding trails. Fall migrants overhead. They all combine to make October a special time of year. So take a break, pull on your fleece jacket, rustle through some leaves and enjoy October the Audubon way!

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.

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.

For every ticket purchased to the August 4th Pawsox vs Rochester Red Wings game through this link, Audubon will receive $5! It's Superhero night, and McCoy Stadium will also feature post-game fireworks!

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.

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, 2017.

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.