What is the State Bird of Rhode Island?

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And yet, that is the very bird Rhode Islanders chose for their state bird: the Rhode Island Red Hen ! In the 1950’s, there was a special election sponsored by the Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs, the Providence Journal Company, and the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. Roberts said : “The Rhode Island red has become a symbol of Rhode Islanders all over the world.” Rhode Island Red Hen.

Greyhound Racing to End in Rhode Island

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As you may have heard ( here and here are two of Stephanie's posts on the matter), Rhode Island legislators were going to hold a special session to prevent Twin River from shutting down live racing. But thanks to the many people who care about the dogs and don't believe they should be exploited, dog racing at Twin River--in Rhode Island--will end on August 8.

Fair Deal for Foul-Mouthed Cockatoo

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Only in Rhode Island. Birds cockatoos Crime Nature News Rhode IslandSulphur-crested Cockatoos by Redgannet.

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Good News for Greyhounds

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Rhode Island's only dog track, Twin River, will be "suspending" dog racing. Mooney Rhode Island We who want humans to stop using sentient nonhumans have few victories to celebrate. But one area that continues to provide them is the fight against the use of greyhounds as a source of entertainment (and gambling revenue) by forcing them to race. Here are a couple recent bits of good news.

10,000 Birds goes eBirding – Part II

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The Collective added six new states in the past three years, but none have eclipsed the century mark: Wisconsin ( 74 ), Utah (55), Hawaii (38), Oklahoma (18), Rhode Island (9), and Connecticut (5).

Black-throated Gray Warbler at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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It was a great trip made better by a socially distanced visit with some friends we hadn’t seen for a long while in Providence, Rhode Island on the way home.

10,000 Birds goes eBirding

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Some states have no species at all, not even a pigeon, crow, or sparrow: Hawaii , Utah , Nebraska , Oklahoma , Minnesota , Iowa , Wisconsin , Kentucky , West Virginia , Mississippi , Alabama , Connecticut , and Rhode Island. West Virginia ranks 44th, Hawaii ranks 45th, and Rhode Island ranks 48th. However, that’s not the case for others, such as Connecticut or Rhode Island.)

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Snowy Owl Invasion!

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Birders in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, West Virginia, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, Maryland, and Virginia are all enjoying Snowy Owls , but none as much as the North Carolina birders, who are enjoying their first and second Snowy Owls in thirteen years. Snowy Owl in Queens, New York, 1 December 2013.

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Shutting Your Trap

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The states which have essentially banned leghold traps are Florida, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, California, and Washington. This is the kind of insanity that goes on with leghold traps. A few years ago my friend Astrid called me on the phone. She had taken her border collie for a walk in the woods in the local 1200-acre state park, and her dog had stepped on a leghold trap. Astrid’s dog howled as she pried it off.

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Spotting Red-cockaded Woodpeckers on Eglin Air Force Base

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It was a warm afternoon on the Florida Panhandle, and my husband and I were exploring the recreation areas of Eglin Air Force Base, which is the size of Rhode Island. I had already walked nearly eight miles, feeling tired but content. For an annual $20 fee, I could roam the open areas of the base all year round, though each day all hikers and recreationists are required to check which sections were open and which are closed.

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The Animal Legal Defense Fund Public Registries

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Such bills have been introduced in the past by elected officials in Rhode Island, Colorado, and Tennessee, and the first-ever bill for a statewide registry in California was today announced by its sponsor, State Senator Dean Florez. I recently got an email from the Animal Legal Defense Fund. They are pioneering legislation in California to make public animal abuse registries. In our opinion, this is a wonderful idea, and we wanted to help them spread the word.

Our Best Birds of 2020

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deep-pandemic birds (all local), and still-pandemic birds (a little travel), it is the Rhode Island Common Cuckoo that will define this year for me. 2020 will be remembered as a year that we’d like to forget.

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Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of New England: A Field Guide Review by an Aspiring Naturalist

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I can’t think of any birder (or botanist or lepidopterist) who wouldn’t find the Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of New England useful during a trip to Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine. Several years ago I asked one of my birding mentors, a curmudgeon with an enviable life list, if he was a bird watcher, a birder, or a lister? None of the above,” he proudly proclaimed, “I am a naturalist!”

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It may be hard to swallow, but Bumpus could get bumped to the back burner

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Bumpus’s study was carried out in the vicinity of Providence, Rhode Island (Bumpus was at Brown University). In 1898, Hermon Bumpus published a paper about change in the morphology in a population of House Sparrows that he proposed was an example of Darwinian Natural Selection in action. Some time after that, the Bumpus study was incorporated in teaching about evolution and is now found in textbooks and problem sets for intro biology in high schools and colleges around the world.

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Meet Suliformes, one of the newest orders of birds

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Ringer Cormorants and Shags (Phalacrocoracidae) Cormorants are more speciose than other families in the order; 30-40 species range widely on every continent and many islands. Dipping a Green-tailed Towhee in Rhode Island Delights of DownEast Maine Good Going at Garret Mountain Refugio Paz de las Aves II: The Antpittas About the Author David David J.

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ÆppelTreow Winery & Distillery: Barn Swallow Draft Cider

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The dry and tangy palate provides enough counterpoint to prevent this blend of Red Delicious, Cortland, Ida Red, and Rhode Island Greenings apples from becoming too cloying, though Barn Swallow ends with a punchy and fruity finish that doesn’t overwhelm with tartness or tannins. You’ll have to bear with another short and sweet review this week at Birds and Booze.

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The Nonessential Whooping Crane

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You can designate it thus; you can legally call it a Rhode Island Red chicken if you want, but no whooping crane on this planet is nonessential.

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