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Comments for Rhode Island Natural History Survey http://v1.rinhs.org Providing Ecosystem Science and Information Thu, 16 Feb 2012 04:53:25 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.4 Comment on BioBlitz Teams by Laurie McDonough http://v1.rinhs.org/what-we-do/bioblitz/bioblitz-teams/comment-page-1/#comment-37706 Laurie McDonough Thu, 16 Feb 2012 04:53:25 +0000 http://v1.rinhs.org/#comment-37706 I'd like to be on the non-arthropod non-vertebrates team. My specialty is forams but I am familiar with radiolarians, diatoms, algae, other microscopic and just-barely macroscopic organisms. I have college students in my keeping so if I can find any who are willing to do something in June I will bring them along! I’d like to be on the non-arthropod non-vertebrates team. My specialty is forams but I am familiar with radiolarians, diatoms, algae, other microscopic and just-barely macroscopic organisms. I have college students in my keeping so if I can find any who are willing to do something in June I will bring them along!

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Comment on First Gray Wolf in Mass. in 160 Years by Richard Hutchings http://v1.rinhs.org/2008/03/05/gray-wolf/comment-page-1/#comment-36690 Richard Hutchings Thu, 26 Jan 2012 21:35:03 +0000 http://odonata.edc.uri.edu/2008/03/05/gray-wolf/#comment-36690 I saw what I beleive to be a wolf this morning on River Vue Ave in warwick. Looked to be about as big as my Golden which is 87 lbs. From what I've read, coyotes weigh between 25 and 50. I saw what I beleive to be a wolf this morning on River Vue Ave in warwick. Looked to be about as big as my Golden which is 87 lbs. From what I’ve read, coyotes weigh between 25 and 50.

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Comment on Distinguished Naturalist Award by Ray Hartenstine http://v1.rinhs.org/what-we-do/dna/comment-page-1/#comment-36290 Ray Hartenstine Wed, 18 Jan 2012 18:52:34 +0000 http://odonata.edc.uri.edu/dna/#comment-36290 PS he has ID'ed new Chitton species from ALL over the world!!! PS he has ID’ed new Chitton species from ALL over the world!!!

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Comment on Distinguished Naturalist Award by Ray Hartenstine http://v1.rinhs.org/what-we-do/dna/comment-page-1/#comment-36289 Ray Hartenstine Wed, 18 Jan 2012 18:51:01 +0000 http://odonata.edc.uri.edu/dna/#comment-36289 I nominate Robert C. Bullock for the 2012 Outstanding Naturalis Award for all the work he has done in teaching Invertebrate Zoology, Advance Invertebrate seminars, Mallacology courses and for his work at identifying new chiton species. With out Bob's help I would of never learned how to begin to ID freshwater mussels, which became a life long interest of mine. Bob has worked for URI since 1976 and has worked there 36 years...! Bob was an excellent teacher and able to convey the interesting world of invertebrates. Thanks, Ray I nominate Robert C. Bullock for the 2012 Outstanding Naturalis Award for all the work he has done in teaching Invertebrate Zoology, Advance Invertebrate seminars, Mallacology courses and for his work at identifying new chiton species. With out Bob’s help I would of never learned how to begin to ID freshwater mussels, which became a life long interest of mine. Bob has worked for URI since 1976 and has worked there 36 years…!
Bob was an excellent teacher and able to convey the interesting world of invertebrates.
Thanks,
Ray

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Comment on First Gray Wolf in Mass. in 160 Years by Jesse http://v1.rinhs.org/2008/03/05/gray-wolf/comment-page-1/#comment-36167 Jesse Mon, 16 Jan 2012 21:07:02 +0000 http://odonata.edc.uri.edu/2008/03/05/gray-wolf/#comment-36167 I find this quite interesting.Many of my friends won't, or refuse, to believe it, because R.I has no wolves.However it is quite possible.I am moving to North Kingstown and i must say when i read this- i was quite shocked, and excited.(I must admit i have a fetish for wolves)I'll keep a look out for these sightings because i enjoy hiking and taking random walks in woods, and i major in Astrology so i am out at nights. I find this quite interesting.Many of my friends won’t, or refuse, to believe it, because R.I has no wolves.However it is quite possible.I am moving to North Kingstown and i must say when i read this- i was quite shocked, and excited.(I must admit i have a fetish for wolves)I’ll keep a look out for these sightings because i enjoy hiking and taking random walks in woods, and i major in Astrology so i am out at nights.

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Comment on First Gray Wolf in Mass. in 160 Years by David http://v1.rinhs.org/2008/03/05/gray-wolf/comment-page-1/#comment-36007 David Sat, 14 Jan 2012 01:37:42 +0000 http://odonata.edc.uri.edu/2008/03/05/gray-wolf/#comment-36007 There was a reason our ancestors killed them off. They are eating machines. They really don't care what they eat, they just eat. We CAN NOT count on our DEM to give us HONEST answers, PRIME EXAMPLE: The standard answer we got throughout the early 80's about Black Bears in RI.. " There are NO Bears in RI." They now produce a pamphlet titled "Living with Bears in RI." We actually had a Ram and two sheep killed here in SK last fall. It was clearly a bear by the tracks, not to mention the three other sitings, one of wHich was in my dogs food bowl before I had brought it in. WHAT WILL THEY SAY WHEN A WOLF GRABS ONE OF OUR KIDS ON THEIR WAY TO THE BUS??? It was a bunny rabbit ? There was a reason our ancestors killed them off. They are eating machines. They really don’t care what they eat, they just eat.

We CAN NOT count on our DEM to give us HONEST answers, PRIME EXAMPLE: The standard answer we got throughout the early 80′s about Black Bears in RI..

” There are NO Bears in RI.” They now produce a pamphlet titled “Living with Bears in RI.”

We actually had a Ram and two sheep killed here in SK last fall. It was clearly a bear by the tracks, not to mention the three other sitings, one of wHich was in my dogs food bowl before I had brought it in. WHAT WILL THEY SAY WHEN A WOLF GRABS ONE OF OUR KIDS ON THEIR WAY TO THE BUS???

It was a bunny rabbit ?

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Comment on First Gray Wolf in Mass. in 160 Years by john http://v1.rinhs.org/2008/03/05/gray-wolf/comment-page-1/#comment-31883 john Mon, 07 Nov 2011 19:18:47 +0000 http://odonata.edc.uri.edu/2008/03/05/gray-wolf/#comment-31883 I agree that a lot of the sightings are coyhybirds and people think they are wolves but to rule out some of them being gray's isn't not an option. We've seen more and more black bear here, fisher cats, bald eagles why not the wolf? I'm sure people were told they were crazy when the coyote poulation started coming this way and people were seeing them. I hike and hunt and also work nights so I've seen my share of coyotes and only 2 times in my life I questioned their size. I once saw 2 coy's in the Oankland beach area and one of them was in the 60-80 lbs range. Then recently mid day I saw one along rt 95 in the Rt 117 area that was standing in a field and was in the 70-90 lb range (big dogs). I have also recently come across some dog tracks out hunting that were 6-7inch front to back and 4 - 41/2 inch wide. Now I'm thinking if it was someones dog it had to be a great dane or mastiff but there were no human tracks near them. I agree that a lot of the sightings are coyhybirds and people think they are wolves but to rule out some of them being gray’s isn’t not an option. We’ve seen more and more black bear here, fisher cats, bald eagles why not the wolf? I’m sure people were told they were crazy when the coyote poulation started coming this way and people were seeing them. I hike and hunt and also work nights so I’ve seen my share of coyotes and only 2 times in my life I questioned their size. I once saw 2 coy’s in the Oankland beach area and one of them was in the 60-80 lbs range. Then recently mid day I saw one along rt 95 in the Rt 117 area that was standing in a field and was in the 70-90 lb range (big dogs). I have also recently come across some dog tracks out hunting that were 6-7inch front to back and 4 – 41/2 inch wide. Now I’m thinking if it was someones dog it had to be a great dane or mastiff but there were no human tracks near them.

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Comment on BioBlitz 2005 by dgregg http://v1.rinhs.org/what-we-do/bioblitz/bioblitz_05/comment-page-1/#comment-27202 dgregg Wed, 10 Aug 2011 19:19:44 +0000 http://odonata.edc.uri.edu/what-we-do/bioblitz/bioblitz_05/#comment-27202 Thanks for your question about Mount Hope. Although we're not a history organization (natural history is about animals and plants, not human history) I happen to know that the amusement park at Mt. Hope was in business in the late 19th century. It was a destination for working people in Fall River when Fall River was jammed with immigrant mill workers. There were cottages to rent, a carousel, and other attractions and steamers put in at a pier to disembark visitors from Fall River. The park was bankrupt in the early 20th century when Mr. Rudolf Haffenreffer became interested in it. Haffenreffer was from a brewing family in Roxbury, Mass., and when he grew up he went into the same business in Fall River. By around 1905 he owned most of the breweries and beer business in the city. He probably viewed the amusement park both as a business to buy cheap and turn around for a profit but also as a market for his beer. He bought it, but never reopened it or sold it. He ended up buying more and more adjoining land and redoing buildings on it to improve it as both a working farm and as a summer home/country estate for himself and his family. Upon his death, some of it was sold, the rest was donated to Brown University. You should be able to find a book on the history of the estate and especially his interest in native american artifacts called "Passionate Hobby." I know that the Pettaquamscutt Historical Society in Kingston sells it, as does the Haffenreffer Museum that is still associated with Brown. Thanks for your question about Mount Hope. Although we’re not a history organization (natural history is about animals and plants, not human history) I happen to know that the amusement park at Mt. Hope was in business in the late 19th century. It was a destination for working people in Fall River when Fall River was jammed with immigrant mill workers. There were cottages to rent, a carousel, and other attractions and steamers put in at a pier to disembark visitors from Fall River. The park was bankrupt in the early 20th century when Mr. Rudolf Haffenreffer became interested in it. Haffenreffer was from a brewing family in Roxbury, Mass., and when he grew up he went into the same business in Fall River. By around 1905 he owned most of the breweries and beer business in the city. He probably viewed the amusement park both as a business to buy cheap and turn around for a profit but also as a market for his beer. He bought it, but never reopened it or sold it. He ended up buying more and more adjoining land and redoing buildings on it to improve it as both a working farm and as a summer home/country estate for himself and his family. Upon his death, some of it was sold, the rest was donated to Brown University. You should be able to find a book on the history of the estate and especially his interest in native american artifacts called “Passionate Hobby.” I know that the Pettaquamscutt Historical Society in Kingston sells it, as does the Haffenreffer Museum that is still associated with Brown.

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Comment on First Gray Wolf in Mass. in 160 Years by matt http://v1.rinhs.org/2008/03/05/gray-wolf/comment-page-1/#comment-27173 matt Wed, 10 Aug 2011 05:52:37 +0000 http://odonata.edc.uri.edu/2008/03/05/gray-wolf/#comment-27173 I live in warwick and i was hearing a wolf call all night in my backyard( backyard is all woods) i youtubed a wolf call at that exit time and it was the exact noise i was hearing it was going all night. It even woke my mom up and i also showed her the nose and she said it was definately a wolf call. About a week later i was driving on 95 in west warwick and i saw a large animal dart across the road, looked like a dog on steroids. I live in warwick and i was hearing a wolf call all night in my backyard( backyard is all woods) i youtubed a wolf call at that exit time and it was the exact noise i was hearing it was going all night. It even woke my mom up and i also showed her the nose and she said it was definately a wolf call. About a week later i was driving on 95 in west warwick and i saw a large animal dart across the road, looked like a dog on steroids.

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Comment on BioBlitz 2005 by John Card http://v1.rinhs.org/what-we-do/bioblitz/bioblitz_05/comment-page-1/#comment-26243 John Card Mon, 25 Jul 2011 13:51:43 +0000 http://odonata.edc.uri.edu/what-we-do/bioblitz/bioblitz_05/#comment-26243 Do you have any more information concerning the Amusement Park that existed on Mount Hope in about 1900? Do you have any more information concerning the Amusement Park that existed on Mount Hope in about 1900?

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