Here you will find descriptions of, and links to resources of value to Rhode Island naturalists.

One thing about which all but the most dedicated armchair naturalist should be concerned is ticks…well actually the serious diseases that ticks carry—lyme, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, and more. As luck would have it, a foremost tick research and outreach center is right here at URI so take advantage of all their expertise and advice. The button below takes you to the Tick Encounter website for all the latest news and information. RINHS wants you to be a long-active, long-lived member of the naturalist community so please protect yourself from lyme and other serious tick-borne diseases.
Tick Encounter Resource Center

Rhode Island Invasive Species Portal

This resource is being rebuilt. For now, you can access invasive species information on the RINHS site through the following links:
Forest Health Works Project page
Invasive Species Resources

Rhode Island Natural History Directory

This was an old ink-and-paper publication of RINHS from the mid-1990′s that listed researchers and organizations involved in natural history and natural resource management in Rhode Island and other information useful to naturalists. It was updated in 2004 as an self-service online tool but the uptake for this new tool among users was pretty slow and it never really caught on. We took it down in 2009. We hope to renew it in the future, hopefully with improvements to its design and application that will make it useful enough to attract a critical mass of users. If you’re interested in this project, contact RINHS.

Rhode Island Natural Heritage Information

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and RINHS work closely together, with other partners, to meet the needs of various stakeholders for information on the state of our natural heritage–the rare species of plants and animals and the rare habitat types that contribute to Rhode Island’s unique character. The following three links take you to the current rare species and rare natural community lists for Rhode Island.

Rare Native Plants of Rhode Island. Enser, R.W. 2007. Rhode Island Natural Heritage Program. Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Providence, RI 02908. (PDF, 72K)

Rare Native Animals of Rhode Island. Enser, R.W. 2006. Rhode Island Natural Heritage Program. Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Providence, RI 02908. (PDF, 53K)

Natural Communities of Rhode Island. Enser, R.W. and J.A. Lundgren. 2006. A joint project of the Rhode Island Dept. of Environmental Management Natural Heritage Program and The Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island. Web published by R.I. Natural History Survey, Kingston, RI. www.rinhs.org. (PDF, 370K)

Rhode Island Ecological Communities Classification (RIECC). Enser, R.W. 2011. The RIECC has been prepared to support development of a detailed ecological communities map and database to serve multiple conservation needs in Rhode Island including, but not limited to, the State Forest Assessment and State Wildlife Action Plan. The RIECC is an amalgamation of two previously published classifications: Gawler, S.C. 2008. Northeastern Terrestrial Wildlife Habitat Classification (NTHC). Report to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries on Behalf of the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. NatureServe, Boston, Massachusetts; and Enser, R.W. and J.A. Lundgren. 2006. Natural Communities of Rhode Island (NCRI). A Joint project of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Natural Heritage Program and The Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island. Web published by Rhode Island Natural History Survey, Kingston, RI. Development of the RIECC was supported by a grant from the Rhode Island Conservation Stewardship Collaborative Endowment at the Rhode Island Foundation and aided by the advice of a committee individuals familiar with Rhode Island ecology and remote sensing of ecological information. (PDF: 195K)

Recently observe a rare species? Help update the Natural Heritage database by reporting occurrences of rare plants and animals.

Web Publications

Checklist of Rhode Island Butterflies, Pavulaan and Gregg, 2007. (More info | PDF, 300K)

Invasives Preparedness for Land Conservation Organizations, Leeson and Gregg, 2007. (More info | PDF, 800K)

Rhode Island’s Foliose and Fruticose Lichens with Emphasis on the Nature Conservancy Preserves and Related Lands. Flenniken, Don. 2003. Rhode Island Natural History Survey, Kingston.

Sikes, Derek S. 1999. This on-line database of Coleoptera expected or documented from Rhode Island contains over 2,400 records; ca. 2,000 of these are documented species from Rhode Island. Unfortunately the UConn server for this resource is not currently working.

Rhode Island Naturalist Rhode Island Natural History Survey’s semi-annual newsletter containing results of local research, essays, RINHS news items, and more…

Past Projects

EIMS project reports (coming soon)

Wald Reports (coming soon)

Rhode Island Ecological Communities Classification

Richard W. Enser

October 4, 2011