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In this Issue: A Few Sustainability Tips to Kick off the New Year, Beach; Clean Water and Green Bond goes to the voters on March 2 - Please Vote YES!; The Great Backyard Bee Count; Climate Change Legislation at the 2021 Rhode Island General Assembly. sign up to receive the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.
Meet Camilla, Audubon fall 2020 communications intern!
Join naturalists from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and the Providence Parks Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership for a free GUIDED BIRD WALK in Providence on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 9:30am (rain date: January 30). We will send details on the meeting spot once you register for the walk. Registration is limited to 12 attendees so please register early so as not to miss out!
Join a virtual birding workshop with Audubon and learn the basics about local bird species and where to find them in winter. Then head outside to practice your new birding skills on your own, or join an Audubon outdoor program designed with safety in mind.
Purchasing bird-seed during our January sale is a great way to ensure you have quality seed for your backyard birds for the remainder of the winter AND directly support Audubon. Orders must be received by January 23rd, 2021 and pickup is February 6th.
Do you have one or two gently-used pairs of binoculars in your closet? Please consider donating them to a child! With a solid pair of binoculars in their hands, we can help create the next generation of Rhode Island birders!
Don't know what to do with the family during the school vacation break? Audubon is the solution! Our Nature Center and Aquarium will be open for visitation each day from 9:30am to 4:00pm. Please note, the facility will be closing at noon on December 31st.
In this issue: A Few Ideas for Making Your Holiday More Sustainable; Environment Council of Rhode Island’s Green Report Card; Rhode Islanders See Climate Change as a Top Priority; Things with Wings: Recent Highlights from the Xerces Society’s Bee City USA Initiative; Migratory Bird Treaty Act under attack by Trump Administration; Audubon’s Legislative Priorities for 2021.sign up to receive the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.
Today the reality of climate change can seem overwhelming but Audubon’s strategic plan encourages us to view the world with an optimistic lens and to stay focused and driven towards the goals outlined.
As the colder weather approaches, many birds shift their behaviors and even food sources to survive the winter. While many migrate south, several species have developed amazing adaptations to survive the winter months.
There are so many ways to give great gifts while making a positive impact this holiday season! All proceeds support Audubon's work to protect birds, wildlife and their habitats through conservation, education, and advocacy.
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.
Turkeys are imbedded in the psyche and traditions of New Englanders. Check out this article by Audubon Senior Director of Education Lauren Parmelee, courtesy of Newport This Week!
It's holiday shopping time - shop local and support Audubon! Members will receive 20% off Gift Shop purchases during Member’s Double Discount days: December 5th and 6th, 2020.
A few Snowy Owls are typically spotted in Rhode Island each year, and over the past few weeks a couple of these majestic birds have been sighted. As nature enthusiasts flock to the shore in hopes of glimpsing these birds, Audubon experts worry about the stress these owls are facing - caused by their long journey, shortage of food and human interference.
Nature Shop and Outdoor Trails Will Remain Open to the Public | Following Governor Raimondo’s new restrictions to stem the outbreak of COVID-19, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island is temporarily closing the Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol, RI from November 30 to December 13, 2020. The Nature Shop and trails on the property will remain open. All programs, classes, and events are also cancelled during this time period. Audubon will make a decision on reopening based on guidelines from the Rhode Island Department of Health.
JAMESTOWN PRESS: Jamestown resident Chris Powell has unveiled his gallery, “The Beauty of Wings and Feathers,” at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island in Bristol. The series, which will be on display through December, features 29 snapshots of birds from Rhode Island to Iceland. See the exhibit listing on our calendar.
In this issue: The Election is Behind Us!; Quick Tips For Getting Your Yard Ready For Winter Birds
; Continued Good News for Menhaden; . To stay informed and take action with Audubon, Governor Raimondo Commits to up to 600 MW of additional Offshore Wind; Advocating for Balancing Offshore Wind Development with Protection of Birds and Wildlife; How Migrating Birds Could Warn Us of the Next Pandemic; Action You Can Take. sign up to receive the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.
Let an Audubon guide take your group of up to four people on a private two-hour natural history or birdwatching tour in Southeastern New England! Audubon guides specialize in birds, but they are also excellent naturalists who can focus on your interests, including trees, flowers, insects or geology.
The Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI) released its biennial Green Report Card today which summarizes the performance of the administration and legislature on environmental priorities. In the midst of crises of public health, justice, and climate change, the General Assembly and Administration fail to act on environmental policy.
This year, the RI Resource Conservation and Development Council's Coverts Workshop is going VIRTUAL! The programs will be presented in two online, free ZOOM sessions on November 7th and 14th. RI Coverts Project is an education program designed to help forest landowners promote the development of critical wildlife habitats. Click to download the flyer for more information (PDF download may take a moment.)
Read the recent Newport This Week article written by Audubon's Senior Director of Education Lauren Parmelee, "Learning to Live With Coyotes"!
In this issue: Taking care of your fall leaves; Stand Up For Forests; Legislative Update - No State Bond Referendums on November Ballot; Vermont Passes Climate Bill; and National Audubon webinar - An Inside Look: Radical Climate Action. To stay informed and take action with Audubon, sign up to recieve the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.
Join us for our annual day of pumpkin fun! Activities, designed with social distancing in mind, will include some of your favorites from last year as well as new adventures. Note that some activities require advance registration!
A common question we receive around this year is: "I have noticed all the birds have disappeared from my yards and the woods. Where have all the birds gone?" Nature is an amazing thing and provides a couple reasons for why the birds seem to have disappeared. But that is unfortunately not the full story. Adapted from Ask Audubon: Wildlife FAQ's.
In this issue: Pick up a Rake This Fall; A Big Win for Birds; A Big Win for Atlantic Menhaden; 2020 Beach, Clean Water and Green Bond in Jeopardy; Things with Wings; Community Responsibility. To stay informed and take action with Audubon, sign up to recieve the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium closed this weekend
The Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium and grounds will be closed to the public on September 12th & 13th for our sold out Hawks & Hoots event!
Caratunk Closed Tuesday 9/8/20
Audubon Society of Rhode Island's Caratunk Wildlife Refuge trails and barn will be CLOSED tomorrow, September 8th. The refuge will reopen the following day, Wednesday the 9th. Thank you for your understanding!
Purchasing bird seed during our September sale is a great way to ensure you have quality seed for your backyard birds throughout the winter AND directly support Audubon. Orders must be received by September 15, 2020 fo pickup on September 26th, 2020. There are four convenient pick up locations: Bristol, Smithfield, Exeter, RI or Seekonk, MA.
The legislature must act next week to pass the $69 million Beach, Clean Water and Green Bond in order to meet the deadline for getting this on the November ballot. People in Rhode Island always value beaches, clean water and the environment. But in the midst of a pandemic, the support is even higher now. Contact your elected officials to ask for action on the 2020 Beach, Clean Water and Green Bond.
Urban natural environments face unique hazards and are often impaired due to excessive levels of contaminants from stormwater, such as bacteria, oil, litter, fertilizer and pet waste. Learn how the Providence Stormwater Innovation Center is facing these issues with nature-based solutions.
Environmental organizations like Audubon have been promoting the “Your actions make a difference. Please do the right thing” message for decades. The COVID-19 pandemic is reminding us of the importance of community responsibility.
In this issue: Build a Vertical Garden; Things with Wings: Inside a Monarch Swarm; Update on the 2021 Budget: 2020 Beach, Clean Water and Green Bond; Congress Approves the Great American Outdoors Act. To stay informed and take action with Audubon, sign up to recieve the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.
Don’t get bored in our changed world, rise to the challenge and start looking at birds in a new way!
Audubon can’t wait to welcome you back! As of July 30, 2020, the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium will greet visitors with a capacity-based entrance. Guests will no longer need to register for a time ticketed entry.
In this issue: Tips for a more Sustainable Summer; Recent News on Climate Change; Things with Wings: Learn about Pollinators; Advocate for the 2021 Budget: RI Department of Environmental Management & Coastal Resources Management Council of RI funding and 2020 Beach, Clean Water and Green Bond. To stay informed and take action with Audubon, sign up to recieve the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.
The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) announced today the launch of the Community Solar Marketplace website at risolarmarketplace.com.
In this issue: Pollinator Week, reducing waste, and action items regarding RI Department of Environmental Management & Coastal Resources Management Council of RI funding; 2020 Beach, Clean Water and Green Bond; Migratory Bird Treaty & Protection Acts and the Great American Outdoors Act. To stay informed and take action with Audubon, sign up to recieve the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.
Welcome back! Register in advance for timed ticket entry to the Nature Center and Aquarium. Let’s all get back to nature!
On June 18th, representatives from the Department of Environmental Management, the Providence Parks Department, EPA Region 1, the Nature Conservancy, and the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, as well as Mayor Jorge Elorza, commemorated the launch of the Providence Stormwater Innovation Center (PSIC).
Today, the U.S. Senate voted to pass the Great American Outdoors Act, which will fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This will allow investment in critical repair needs within national parks and other public lands while creating jobs and driving investment in local communities. Thank you Rhode Island Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed!
A statement from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island
In this issue: Actions You Can Take; Legislation During COVID-19; Climate Change is Still Looming; Offshore Wind and COVID-19; Keep learning while you are home! To stay informed and take action with Audubon, sign up to recieve the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.
During the Covid 19 pandemic restrictions and statewide lock down, the Audubon wildlife refuges have been experiencing record-breaking levels of visitation, and it’s not surprising why.
Migratory birds are now flooding across the continent, as they return to their nesting grounds this spring. World Migratory Bird Day is on May 9, 2020, as people around the globe welcome birds back—and lend them a helping hand.
How many bird species can you spot? Head outside with the Big Days checklist between May 3 and May 17, 2020, go birding ethically and safely, then submit your results. You could win Audubon recognition and prizes if you see the most species in your category, but more importantly, you will be celebrating the birds of Rhode Island during spring migration. Register Here
Let's go birding with Laura Carberry! 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. Learn more!
Does that baby bird or rabbit in your yard really need rescuing? Before intervening in any way with an animal that appears to be injured or orphaned, monitor it from a distance and make a few careful observations.
Though the coronavirus pandemic prevents us from gathering together on April 22nd for Earth Day, it won't stop us from celebrating as a virtual community, locally and globally. We've gathered up some important resources to help you celebrate the Earth all week long, while being proactive in addressing the other crisis we are facing: climate change.
In this issue: Legislation During COVID-19; 50th Anniversary of Earth Day; and Understanding Audubon's Top Three Legislative Priorities. To stay informed and take action with Audubon, sign up to recieve the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.
It’s not a stretch to say we’ve all been a little on-edge lately, but some time spent outside in nature can be a simple bit of first-aid during these difficult times.
Now more than ever, the outdoors continue to provide countless physical, mental and emotional health benefits for our community. And while our buildings and programs have temporarily shut down, our our 13 public wildlife refuges are there for you to explore. Read more.
To ensure the safety and health of our community, we have cancelled all programming until further notice, including the Wednesday Morning Birds Walks. Audubon is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and we are ready to revise our response and protocols as needed. Stay updated here: https://asri.org/covid19/updates.html
Let's go birding with Laura Carberry! Head out into the forest before spring arrives, as that is when most of the Golden-crowned Kinglets will head north. If you find a mixed flock of birds, look for the flickering wings of a tiny songbird and listen for their high pitched chirps. Learn more about this fun little bird!
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!
This event has been cancelled. Want to live a greener lifestyle? Join us at Spring into Energy on April 18th! We're working with Green Energy Consumer's Alliance to gather experts from RI to create a one-stop shop for all your clean energy and conservation needs.
The House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources is meeting on Thursday, March 5, and Act On Climate 2020 (H 7399) is on the agenda! If enacted, this bill will require Rhode Island to reduce its climate-warming emissions to zero by 2050. It will also make the state's emission reduction goals legally-binding, promoting accountability and transparency. Learn about the three ways you can help!
The Value of Rhode Island Forests report spotlights the benefits provided by forestlands and recommends strategies to encourage conservation. A project of the RI Tree Council and Forest Conservation Advisory Committee, of which Audubon Society of Rhode Island is a member of.
Come have all your questions answered about solar energy and discover if it is right for you on Sunday, February 23, 2020; 3:30 – 4:30 pm at the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium. This is a family-friendly event. Children’s activities will be available from 12:00 to 3:00 pm.
Help improve urban water quality and wildlife habitat through the use of innovative green stormwater practices! Water quality monitoring training sessions will be offered Saturday, March 28, 2020; 9 am – 12 pm and Thursday, April 2, 2020; 6 – 9 pm. Learn More
In this issue: Climate Crisis Advocate Training, Public Comments on Migratory Bird Act Rollbacks, Recently Introduced RI legislation on climate change and plastics. To stay informed and take action with Audubon, sign up to recieve the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.
An ecological art installation depicting future sea level rise now shares the diverse habitat at Audubon’s Touisset Marsh Wildlife Refuge in Warren, Rhode Island.
It's Feed the Birds Day! The Audubon Society of Rhode Island shares tips for providing healthy options for birds and dispels some of the negative myths about feeding our feathered friends.
You can help reduce plastic waste in Rhode Island - join the Audubon Advocacy team this week as we testify in favor of two bills aimed at reducing plastic and balloon pollution in our environment. Click for details!
The Fight to Ban Plastic Bags, Straws and Balloon Releases | By Todd McLeish
By Journal Staff Writer Alex Kuffner
In this issue: 2020 Legislative Coffee Hour, Action You Can Take This Month, Rhode Island Legislation, Ideas from our Readers, PFAS movies, Climate Change in Rhode Island, National Issues. To stay informed and take action with Audubon, sign up to recieve the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.
LET'S GO BIRDING | This bird is absolutely amazing to observe with a crested head and a black mask. The Cedar Waxwing truly looks as though an artist may have pulled it from a painting. So where should you look to find them?
Weather radar detects change on a continental scale. Study done by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Colorado State University and University of Massachusetts.
Audubon Society of Rhode Island has earned GuideStar’s highest seal of transparency! The Platinum Seal allows donors to focus on progress and results.
Come to Audubon on December 7th, 2019, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, and pick a freshly cut tree from a local Rhode Island farm and have your child’s picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus (reservations required for photos - SOLD OUT!). Enjoy seasonal crafts and nature activities, natural history exhibits and aquarium, the Audubon Nature Gift Shop and wintry walks (accessible trails!) to Narragansett Bay.
Editorial by Meg Kerr, Senior Director of Policy
Audubon’s annual awards for Educator, Legislator and Volunteer of the Year were presented as well as the selection of officers and new members for the 2019-2020 Board of Directors and Council of Advisors. Ashley Householder, Associate Curator for Exhibitions at The Preservation Society of Newport County, gave a keynote speech on the current exhibit on display at Rosecliff: John James Audubon: Obsession Untamed.
The Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium will be shifting into winter hours on Sunday, October 20th, 2019. They are as follows: Monday & Tuesday: Closed, Wednesday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm, Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm. Open school vacations and some holidays. You can always check the Nature Center and Aquarium webpage for closings due to holidays, inclement weather or private events!
Fun Fall Activities | The Audubon education team has years of experience engaging kids in outdoor explorations and summer camps. Here are some of their favorite suggestions for fun fall activities.
Our Common Ravens Zach and Lucy are now living in the display cage open to public viewing behind the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol, RI. Zach and Lucy are very social birds and love to see people. Visit them soon!
Audubon Society of Rhode Island received $177,535 in federal grant funding to work in partnership with the City of Providence Parks Department and The Nature Conservancy to create a regional center for stormwater innovation at Roger Williams Park in Provi
The national media brought sobering news today about the steep decline of birds in North America. What may seem obvious to those of us who care about birds is finally making headlines. You may find this news discouraging, but it is an urgent wake-up call. Our work is more important than ever.
Ocean trash is a serious pollution problem that affects the health of people, wildlife and local economies. Join people around the globe during Audubon and Save the Bay's International Coastal Cleanup on September 28th at Jacob's Point in Bristol! The cleanup is from 11:00 am-1:30 pm and we'll meet at the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium. Click to register!
Come celebrate Audubon’s 122 years of building environmental awareness and promoting conservation to generations of Rhode Islanders!
The Audubon Annual meeting is Sunday, October 20, 2019 and includes a guided tour of the "John James Audubon: Obsession Untamed" with Keynote Speaker and Exhibit Curator Ashley Householder.
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is conducting an online survey to gather public input on issues related to state forests. Feedback will be used to inform the Rhode Island 2020 State Forest Action Plan (SFAP) and develop strategies to conserve working forest landscapes, protect forests from harm, and enhance public benefits from trees and forests. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey to benefit our state's forest: https://ridem.wufoo.com/forms/z8ntm760zvfyj1/
We had a blast celebrating our most important supporters...our members! Thank you to all who came to the AuduBonfire Member Appreciation Evening.
Since 1982, Audubon has offered popular summer nature camps for children at the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge in Seekonk, MA.
This is a good time to look at the websites and postings of our elected officials. Let those leaders that focus on environmental issues know you appreciate it. Let our leaders know that the environment is a priority, and tell them that you want to see more positive outcomes in the 2020 session.
Audubon educators suggest ways to keep your kids engaged with easy and fun outdoor explorations!
Seven environmentally minded young women from Rhode Island high schools have formed the 2019 Youth Conservation League. They teamed this summer to gain valuable experience while helping numerous conservation groups with their service.
Renovation and restoration at Audubon Society of Rhode Island's Seekonk, MA Caratunk Wildlife Refuge brings renewal to this hiking hotspot.
LET'S GO BIRDING | By Audubon Naturalist Laura Carberry
Saltmarsh sparrows, Oystercatchers and a recovering marsh habitat in Quonochontaug Salt Marsh in Charlestown, RI!
Legislative Recap: Audubon Advocacy in the 2019 Session | While we did hold off some bad bills, none of Audubon’s priority bills were passed. The Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) decided to deny a permit to the Invenergy power plant in Burrillville and the legislative session ended a few days after this exciting decision.
For wildlife. For pollinators. For the environment. | People are often reluctant to change manicured green spaces into wild spaces but filling the built environment with rain gardens and pollinator meadows will help us create more resilient communities and supports wildlife and pollinator.
An editorial by Meg Kerr, Senior Director of Policy | Our forests provide innumerable services to humans and wildlife. Maintaining woodlands in rural areas of the state and promoting tree planting in suburban and urban neighborhoods is part of the climate change solution.
Learning about forests is important for all ages, so the key role that forests play in a healthy environment is a frequent talking point in many of Audubon’s educational programs.
Forests protect the water quality in local aquifers and sequester carbon from the atmosphere. They provide vital habitat, cool the environment, reduce soil erosion and provide a stress-free place for rest, recreation and rejuvenation. Audubon wants see forests in the language of the law, because when natural resources are referenced in RI laws, forests are absent, as if they don’t even exist.
Let's Go Birding by Audubon Naturalist Laura Carberry | Colorful passerines are what birders crave. They are small, flit around the treetops and can be incredibly hard to find: but the chase is what keep us coming back for more. Here are some tips on where to find them this season.
Thank you to all who attended the 2019 Party for the Peregrines; we had a blast and we hope you did as well! Check out the photo slideshow of the night's festivities (photos taken by Reinhard Sokol).
June 2019 Nature Programs and Events | Start your summer off right – in the great outdoors! Join Audubon to search for birds on the water, explore a pollinator garden, and get up-close with some giants of the sea. It’s a busy time at Audubon – come join the fun in June.
Audubon supports the Rhode Island Woodland Preservation and Stewardship Act of 2019.
On May 6, 2019 Providence became the 30th city in the nation to receive this designation after years of hard work to enhance urban habitat for birds, reduce hazards faced by urban bird species, and engage the community through citizen science and environmental education.
North America has over 650 species of breeding birds and more than half migrate each year. That’s a lot of birds! Join the Audubon experts and discover birding during the most popular time of year!
Turns out, even the smallest steps can have an impact. This Earth Day, consider your ecological footprint and enact these seven green ways to embrace today.
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! Novice birders are welcome. Walks are geared for teen to adult.
The Rhode Island YCL team works together on projects for Audubon and The Nature Conservancy as well as land trusts, towns and watershed groups around the state. We are now recruiting for crew members, leaders and assistant leaders. Do you want to recruit the YCL team for your environmental stewardship project? We are also accepting applications for stewardship day project proposals!
Representative Lauren Carson and Senator Dawn Euer invite you to join them in celebration of trees and their essential role in Rhode Island’s ecology on May 9th at the Rhode Island State House.
"Proposed R.I. solar farms endangering rural forests, environmentalists say" - an article by Alex Kuffner of the Providence Journal
Come spend the evening at McCoy Stadium and benefit Audubon Society of Rhode Island as the PawSox take on the Rochester Red Wings. Stay for a spectacular Harry Potter Themed Postgame Fireworks show!
Audubon's fun alternative to the same old Easter Egg Hunt! The Camouflaged Egg Hunt is this Saturday, April 13th at four locations around the state.
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.
Without changes in state policy, development will continue unchecked in areas of the state critically important as bird and wildlife habitat.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Audubon joined with other partners and submitted comments on the draft regulations for the 2017, “Taxation of Farm Forest and Open Space Land” law.
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: http://bit.ly/AudubonPhotoContest
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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
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.
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...
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get cozy! In the comfort of your home, Audubon will offer a different activity each week through Thursdays with Audubon. Enjoy virtual interviews, nature trivia, bingo, or eco-improv and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Providence Stormwater Innovation Center
Roger Williams Park is home to the new Providence Stormwater Innovation Center (PSIC). The Innovation Center has been developed by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and it's partners! Learn more about the nature-based solutions we are using to learn about and protect urban water quality.