Environment http://ripr.org en Group Paddles Across Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/group-paddles-across-rhode-island <p>Four New Englanders have begun to canoe and kayak across Rhode Island from north to south to advocate for improved river access.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:01:50 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 36318 at http://ripr.org Group Paddles Across Rhode Island Peregrine Juvenile Falcons Recover From Hunting Crashes http://ripr.org/post/peregrine-juvenile-falcons-recover-hunting-crashes <p>Over the weekend, two of the falcons born atop the Superman building in May crashed into a building downtown while they were swooping, or&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">practicing hunting.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Born to Be Wild Nature Center is rehabilitating the falcon that survived the crash.</span></p><p>Jeff Hall from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island is hopeful the injured juvenile falcon will make a full recovery.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:01:43 +0000 Molly Malinowski 36149 at http://ripr.org Peregrine Juvenile Falcons Recover From Hunting Crashes Galilee Boat Ramp In Narragansett Reopens http://ripr.org/post/galilee-boat-ramp-narragansett-reopens <p>The Galilee Boat Ramp in Narragansett is officially open after months of renovation. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Director Janet </span>Coit<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said the improvements will enhance public access to the water in one of the state’s most popular ports for boaters and fishermen.</span></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:35:26 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 35939 at http://ripr.org Debrief: A Legislative Roundup Of Bills Related To The Environment http://ripr.org/post/debrief-legislative-roundup-bills-related-environment <p>This week we’re bringing our reporters into the studio for legislative roundups. Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza joined Dave Fallon in the studio to talk about how the environment fared during this legislative session.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong>A few highlights of bills and bonds approved by the General Assembly</strong></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 35804 at http://ripr.org Watershed Association And URI's Coastal Institute Sponsor Free Climate Change Lectures http://ripr.org/post/watershed-association-and-uris-coastal-institute-sponsor-free-climate-change-lectures <p>The&nbsp;Wood-Pawcatuck&nbsp;Watershed Association and the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Institute will co-sponsor a series of free public lectures on climate change, called&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wpwa.org/adapting_watershed.php">Adapting the Watershed</a>.</p><p></p><p>The first lecture, which focuses on storms and floods, will take place tonight.&nbsp;The featured speakers include a hydrologist from the National Weather Service and the floodplain coordinator for the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:33:47 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 35824 at http://ripr.org Watershed Association And URI's Coastal Institute Sponsor Free Climate Change Lectures RI Tick Population Continues To Rise http://ripr.org/post/ri-tick-population-continues-rise <p>After two record-breaking years in 2012 and 2013, the tick population in Rhode Island is continuing to rise.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Despite the harsh winter this year, the ticks in the state are thriving. The director of the University of Rhode Island's Tick Encounter Research Center Tom Mather blames the high counts on the cool and humid weather this spring. He said it's very important that people try to protect themselves from ticks.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:58:54 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 35707 at http://ripr.org RI Tick Population Continues To Rise Kids Learn Science In Rhode Island's Outdoor Classrooms http://ripr.org/post/kids-learn-science-rhode-islands-outdoor-classrooms <p>For most students, learning science happens in a classroom with textbooks and science kits. With tight school budgets and an emphasis on testing, there’s not always enough time to get outside and explore. But many groups across Rhode Island often take kids outdoors to poke around in nature. Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza gives us a glimpse of&nbsp;some of the learning that happened&nbsp;outside&nbsp;this past school year.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 35649 at http://ripr.org Kids Learn Science In Rhode Island's Outdoor Classrooms Rhode Island Receives $7.5 Million For Sandy Cleanup http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-receives-75-million-sandy-cleanup <p>Rhode Island is receiving more federal funding to continue cleanup efforts started after Superstorm Sandy. The money will also be used to prepare the state for future storms and the effects climate change.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 04:00:00 +0000 John Bender 35316 at http://ripr.org RI Needs Your Help Counting Wild Turkeys http://ripr.org/post/ri-needs-your-help-counting-wild-turkeys <p>Back in the 80’s the state started a project to boost a declining wild turkey population by establishing new flocks across the state – from Exeter to Foster, Scituate to Tiverton.</p><p>That helped.</p><p></p><p>But the turkey population has declined in the past few years. So the DEM counts female turkeys and young turkeys to get a sense of population growth. And this is where the public comes in. The DEM is asking residents to report sightings of turkey hens and young turkeys.</p><p>The wild turkey population is estimated at about 3,500, a number that’s grown in the past two years.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:58:34 +0000 Catherine Welch 35151 at http://ripr.org RI Needs Your Help Counting Wild Turkeys Renewable Energy Projects Approved In The General Assembly http://ripr.org/post/renewable-energy-projects-approved-general-assembly <p>The General Assembly voted to pass bills that extend and expand a program designed to stimulate renewable energy projects in the Ocean State. Government officials and environmental advocates consider this a big win and game changer for the state.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:04:59 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 35060 at http://ripr.org Renewable Energy Projects Approved In The General Assembly