Audubon Society of Rhode Island

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Alfred Hawkes, a prominent environmentalist in Rhode Island who has been described as the "environmental conscience of Rhode Island for decades," passed away Thursday at the age of 90. 

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 includes a large environmental bond worth $48.5 million to fund land and water quality improvements. It's one of four ballot initiatives the governor is proposing for November 2018.  

Ed Hughes

Birders may catch a glimpse of more snowy owls this winter, as more than a dozen have already been spotted throughout Rhode Island since Thanksgiving. Typically, only a few snowy owls are seen throughout the state this time of year. 


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Ravens have historically been depicted in popular culture as creepy and supernatural, from the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe to – more recently – the popular TV series, Game of Thrones.

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As my tour guide, Bill Eccleston, and I walked through the dirt, twigs and puddles of the George Washington Wildlife Management Area in Burrillville, we heard a bird call above us. 

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A recent report from Audubon Society of Rhode Island, a wildlife conservation organization, recorded the highest number of osprey fledglings throughout the state since monitoring of the species began in 1977.


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Nature enthusiasts around the state are monitoring butterflies for an annual survey taking place across North America. Many factors, including climate change and pesticides, are affecting butterflies,  hindering their ability to successfully breed and develop.

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Four peregrine falcons hatched earlier this spring on top of the Superman Building in downtown Providence. Volunteers have now banded the birds so that biologists can keep track of them. 

Screenshot of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island's Peregrine Falcon Webcam

The iconic Superman Building may be vacant, but it has no trouble attracting peregrine falcons. The skyscraper’s current residents welcomed four chicks this week.

Environmentalists Gather For Annual Meeting

Mar 19, 2016
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Wildlife, climate change and safe drinking water are on the agenda this weekend at the state’s largest annual environmental summit.

Meg Kerr, the director of policy at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, is one of the organizers of the Land and Water Conservation Summit. The summit is expected to draw more than 300 people representing land trusts, watershed organizations and conservation commissions.

RI Osprey Population Continues To Flourish

Mar 2, 2016
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As spring weather returns to the Rhode Island area, so will the growing population of osprey, a type of coastal bird. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island reports the number of osprey spotted nesting in Rhode Island has risen sharply over the last couple of years. The population has been monitored since the 1970s, when the fish-eating birds nearly disappeared from Rhode Island’s coastline.

Jonathan Scoones at the Audubon Society called the recovery of the osprey population an environmental success story.   

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One of the most respected environmental leaders in the state is retiring. For more than 30 years, Eugenia Marks was never shy about sharing her views with political leaders about the need to protect the environment. She's the senior policy director at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, and she's about to step down.

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Photographer Peter Green enjoys bird watching around Rhode Island. But his favorite spot is downtown Providence.  Most people are too busy to notice birds of prey circling this urban setting. But Green has become something of an expert.

Photo Courtesy of Peter Green

In Bristol this weekend, live owls, hawks, and other birds of prey will take center stage at the Audubon Society’s Environmental Education Center. The annual event Raptor Weekend will also feature photographs by a local bird photographer.

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On Thursday morning three peregrine falcon chicks were banded atop the Bank of America building in downtown Providence.

Jeff Hall, senior director of advancement at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island (ASRI), was there to assist. He said falcons have been nesting at the Superman Building for 15 years now, making this a yearly spring ritual.

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