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NATURE in the NEIGHBORHOOD

Finding Shelter from the Storm

The roar of thunder and the crack of lightening woke me up in the middle of the night this week. Sheets of rain poured down onto the roof and beat against the windows. Nature’s forces were loud and fierce. The cats and I were thankful to be inside our cozy treetop apartment. Where do wild animals go in such storms? […]

NATURE in the NEIGHBORHOOD

Bunny Business

Among my more common neighbors living off-Broadway are rabbits. People seem to be in two schools when it comes to wild rabbits; either the bunnies are adorable or they are pests. Be that as it may, everyone knows what a rabbit is, whether you grew up outside, watched Bugs Bunny cartoons, or read the tales of Winnie the Pooh and […]

Spring Bird Count


Birders like to count the species and numbers of individuals around them. This tradition probably started way, way back, but in North America, the first official Christmas count was in 1900 as an alternative to the older tradition of shooting birds on the holiday. In Jamestown, the annual Christmas count started 38 years ago by Candy Powell, her husband, Chris, […]

Springtime is Birders’ Time


The beginning of May is a time of anticipation and excitement in a birder’s life. Every day might bring new treasures in the form of colorful warblers, orioles, grosbeaks or tanagers. When the weather is right, there can be amazing mornings when migrants are in the trees in places like Miantonomi Park, and you feel like you have hit the […]

The Resilience of the Ospreys

The osprey hovers over the water, his crooked wings keeping him in one place. Suddenly, he plunges feet first into the cold, salty water to grab his prey with his sharp, curved talons. Then he emerges, takes to the air with the wiggling fish and heads home to the nest. With her sharp yellow eyes, she can see him coming […]

NATURE in the NEIGHBORHOOD

What’s Buzzing this Spring?

April is a month of firsts in Rhode Island. The osprey return, the cherry trees bloom, and mourning cloak butterflies and groundhogs emerge from hibernation. Today, I encountered my first queen bumblebee of the year. She was buzzing up and down the sidewalk in front of my house, probably looking for a good flower to have her first spring meal. […]

Nest Box Time

Each year, the Norman Bird Sanctuary installs over 200 nest boxes throughout its fields, providing habitat for migrating birds. Learn about the annual program on Thursday, May 5 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and how it supports the local ecosystem. Enjoy a presentation and guided walk along the fields of the Norman Bird Sanctuary for the opportunity to see these […]


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