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Animals &Lectures &News dgregg on 17 Sep 2009

Shark Lecture, Sept. 29, Following RINHS Annual Meeting

RI Natural History Survey 2009 Annual Meeting
Mark D. Gould Memorial Lecture Series kick-off
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
5:00PM  and 7:00PM

RINHS (now in our 15th year!) will host our 2009 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, September 29th.
Please join us for refreshments & pizza at 5:00pm, followed by a 5:30pm annual meeting during which we will look back at events and discoveries of the past year, and preview several exciting projects which are on the horizon. This is a good opportunity to meet the Survey’s staff and Board of Directors.

The Annual Meeting is free and open to the public, and will be held in room 010 of the new Center for Biotechnology & Life Sciences (CBLS) building on the URI – Kingston Campus. For directions, see below.

Reservations are not required, but if you think you’ll attend, a reply to Kira Stillwell for head count would be helpful.

Mark D. Gould Memorial Lecture Series 2009-10 Kickoff
will follow the Annual Meeting, beginning with a coffee and dessert buffet at 7:00 p.m.

Sharks in New England: A Closer Look
Dr. Gregory Skomal, Massachusetts Shark Research Program

Conservation and management of sharks, often misunderstood creatures, is recognized as an important issue in ocean ecosystems worldwide. This presentation will highlight current research being conducted by the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, and will include new information on the biology and ecology of our local shark species.

Dr. Gregory Skomal, is an accomplished marine biologist, underwater explorer, photographer and author. As the Principal Investigator of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, he has been studying and diving with sharks for over 25 years. He has written numerous scientific research papers and has appeared in a number of film & television documentaries, including programs for National Geographic, Discovery Channel and PBS. His most recent book, The Shark Handbook, explores the world of sharks, and will be available for purchase and signing following the talk.

This lecture is free and open to the public and will be held in room 100 (auditorium) of the new Center for Biotechnology & Life Sciences (CBLS) building on the URI – Kingston Campus.
Doors open at 7:00pm for fellowship, coffee & dessert buffet. The lecture will begin at 7:30pm.

The 2009-2010 RINHS Mark D. Gould Memorial Lecture Series is sponsored by the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

The meeting and lecture will be in the CBLS building, located on Flagg Road in the Kingston Campus of URI. From the west, take Rt 138 to Plains Road. Follow Plains Road to the first stop sign (in front of the Ryan Center) and turn left. Turn right onto Flagg Road. CBLS is on the right halfway up the hill. From the east, take Rt 138 to Upper College Road (the traffic light in Kingston Village). Follow Upper College Road to the end and turn left onto Flagg Road. CBLS is ahead 200 yards on the left. See the handy dandy map below for more information or call 401-874-5800 for assistance.
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Animals &Exec's Blog &Natural History dgregg on 12 Aug 2009

New salamander genus found in U.S.

We’ll never know so much about the world around us that there’s nothing left for naturalists to discover and just to prove that point, scientists recently announced the discovery of a new species (in fact it belongs to a whole new genus) of lungless salamander in the hills of Georgia.  Urspelerpes brucei , as it will be known, is the first new genus of four footed vertebrate found in the U.S. since 1961 (another lungless salamander, in fact). You can READ MORE from the BBC or go to the source, the abstract and paper in Journal of Zoology. So get out there and start scrounging around. You never know if the next creature you encounter might be your ticket to immortality! (Immortality among a select community of naturalists, that is.)

Animals &Education &Events &Skills Workshops dgregg on 24 Apr 2009

Naturalist Skills Workshop—Ants, April 29

Naturalist Skills Workshop—Ants, Wednesday, April 29, 7-9 p.m., Coastal Institute Kingston. Sign up now.

The next Naturalist Skills Workshop will be Wednesday, April 29, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will be on ants. Dr. David Lubertazzi will review ant taxonomy, ant fauna of southern New England, and literature useful for ant identification. He will describe collecting and preparation techniques. The Workshop will meet in the Coastal Institute Kingston, Room 101. If you’ve begun to learn the ants, bring your stumpers! Dr. Lubertazzi is an ant ecologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. The Naturalist Skills Workshops are informal evenings designed to give naturalists an introduction into the taxonomy and methods of study for particular animal or plant groups. Space in Naturalist Skills Workshops is extremely limited and to attend, you must RSVP to RINHS. This workshop is free to RINHS members and $5.00 for non-members. To RSVP, for more information, and for directions, call 401-874-5800 or email info@rinhs.org. RINHS Naturalist Skills Workshops are sponsored by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Rhode Island Refuge Complex.

Animals &News dgregg on 22 Jan 2009

White Nose Syndrome Update

whitenosebat.jpgOne of our roles at RINHS is to help the naturalist community in Rhode Island keep up to date with emerging issues in natural history, such as new invasive species, new discoveries, or new techniques.  White Nose Syndrome (WNS),  a phenomenon associated with massive die-offs of hibernating bats in the northeastern U.S.,  burst on the public consciousness last winter, although it now appears to have been around for a few years before that. The following is a link to a summary of a WNS research summit held in June. There is lots of interesting information in it. We’ll try to keep you up to date.

PDF of WNS Summit Summary

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