Recent News

What In the Blazes? Burning Forests in RI Helps Wildlife

By Alex Kuffner for the Providence Journal.

(See the original article in Providence Journal for numerous photographs, a video, and artwork.)

How Do You Count Rabbits When It’s So Hard to Find Them?

From the University of New Hampshire News Service:

Scientists with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have developed a method to estimate the abundance of New England cottontail populations. The noninvasive method provides an important tool in the effort to conserve this region’s only native rabbit, a state-endangered species in Maine and New Hampshire.

New-Growth Forests for Wildlife in the East

Old growth is great, but here’s why we need new-growth forests, too.

By Scott Weidensaul, from the Spring 2018 issue of Living Bird magazine

Vermont to Step Up Logging Around Camel’s Hump

By Taylor Dobbs for Seven Days Vermont

Young forest openings in an older forest become magnets for wildlife.

Personal Outreach to Landowners Vital to Conserving Wildlife

Landowners who accompanied natural resource technicians onto their properties gained higher trust in the agency helping them create habitat, plus better understanding of management outcomes

Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment research published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE shows that private landowners trust conservation agencies more and have better views of program outcomes when they accompany conservation biologists who are monitoring habitat management activities on their land.

Prescribed Fires to Help Cottontails in MA

Wicked Local Wareham

BOSTON – The Trustees has announced plans to conduct three prescribed fires on the south coast of Massachusetts this spring, thanks in part to funding from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

America's Wildlife in Trouble, Needs Help

By Cheyenne MacDonald for

Conservationists have issued a grave warning about the state of America's wildlife.

A new report has found that one-third of wildlife species in the United States are at increased risk of extinction, with everything from butterflies and fish to large mammals facing threats.

RI Volunteers Needed for “Funny-Looking Bird” Study

By Todd McLeish for ecoRI News

One of the region’s most unusual birds is the subject of a research project by University of Rhode Island doctoral student Erin Harrington, and she’s seeking at least 80 volunteers to become citizen scientists to contribute to her work. All it takes is a commitment of 38 minutes at dusk on four dates between April 20 and May 10, plus attendance at a two-hour training session.

Smile! You’re On Canid Camera

Researcher asks citizen scientists to help identify animals in trail camera photos.

By Karen Moore, for State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF)

If you enjoy looking at pictures of animals online, Canid Camera, a project by an ESF researcher, provides the opportunity to do that while helping improve and create wildlife habitat.

Nomans Land May Become Bunny Island

By Tanner Stening, Cape Cod Times

Federal agency plans to establish population of at-risk cottontails on island refuge.

The New England cottontail population will be getting another boost on the Cape and Islands.