Environment

Environment
7:00 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Falcons Nesting In Providence, And More Signs Of Spring

The Audubon Society's Jeff Hall said it may be a good idea to keep bird feeders out longer, because nesting takes a lot of energy. This recent harsh winter took a toll on birds.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

The female falcon that nested atop the Superman building last year is back this spring. The falcon laid her first egg less than a week ago, according to Jeff Hall, senior director of advancement for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.

Through the organization’s Peregrine webcam, bird enthusiasts are observing the falcon and her male partner taking turns at the nest. Hall said the falcon will sit on her eggs constantly until all her eggs are laid.

“So all the eggs will then mature, if you would, at the same time,” said Hall. “so they’ll all hatch around the same time.”

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Environment
1:09 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

NOAA Awards $1.6 million To RI Sea Grant Program

Credit RIPR File Photo

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has infused $1.6 million into the Rhode Island Sea Grant Program. This money will support ongoing research and conservation projects in the Ocean State.

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Environment
9:40 am
Mon March 16, 2015

The Environmental Impact Of The State Budget

Misquamicut Beach in Westerly.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo’s budget proposal includes some new initiatives for the environment, including a larger role for the state’s Clean Water Finance Agency. Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison to discuss the environmental impact of the budget.

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Environment
8:41 am
Wed March 11, 2015

White Rock Dam Removal Project On Schedule

The Nature Conservancy reports the removal of the White Rock Dam along the Pawcatuck River is on schedule. The organization has filed wetlands permit applications in Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Scott Comings Courtesy of The Nature Conservancy

The Pawcatuck River will have one less dam along its river in the near future. The Nature Conservancy has filed a wetlands permit application in Rhode Island to remove the White Rock Dam beginning this summer.

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Battle With The Sea
7:00 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Battle With The Sea: Helping Salt Marshes Adapt To Rapidly Rising Seas

A small industrial machine designed to scoop out mud travels back and forth on a stable section of Round Marsh in Jamestown.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Rhode Island is losing salt marshes at an alarming rate. Scientists and coastal planners say this is one of the most pressing climate change impacts already facing the Ocean State. Salt marshes are critical fish and wildlife habitats that support the state's fishing and tourism industries.

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