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Morris records trap numbers for the record. Two traps are used since some species are repelled from certain lures.
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Ongoing Projects

This section describes ongoing projects and presents timelines which document REWHC progress. Primary Projects are indicated with a star ( * ) :

  • Bluebirds For Aquidneck Project - We erect a "bluebird trail" of nestboxes and aggressively monitor them for invasive species and the eventual return of the Bluebird to Aquidneck Island.
    • Related Goal: (1) Increase Abundance and diversity
    • Participants: 8-12 volunteers, varies by year
Date
Activity
April-August 2000
Erected 15 nestboxes, monitored them through the season and reported results to WHC.
April-August 2001
Created and delivered nestbox monitoring training material and on-line database, replaced old boxes, increased box count to 21, monitored them through the season, and reported results to WHC.
April-August 2002
Performed nest monitoring training, replaced broken boxes, experimented with soap-based anti-wasp technique, monitored them through the season and reported results to WHC.
April-September 2003
Performed nest monitoring training, prototyped predator guard, replaced broken boxes, erected 3 additional boxes in meadow fields, and performed monitoring.
April-August 2004 Performed nest monitoring training, prototyped top-hinged nest box, repaired broken boxes. Developed rotating schedule and formed teams for better monitoring efficiency See Report.
April – September 2005 Recruited and trained volunteers for the nest boxes monitoring program. Assessed, cleaned and repair boxes prior to nesting season. Cleaned boxes at the end of the nesting season.
April – July 2006 Recruited and trained new volunteers for the nest boxes monitoring program. Assessed, cleaned and repair boxes prior to nesting season.
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  • Plantings for Diversity Project - We will establish wildflower gardens, butterfly & hummingbird gardens, plant trees, and remove invasives to provide food and cover for native species.
    • Related Goal: (1) Increase Abundance and diversity
    • Participants: 5-6 volunteers, varies by year
Date
Activity
April 2000
Planted Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden and tree in Front of Nimitz Building.
April-August 2001
Planted Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden and Tree in front of the Providence Building.
April-August 2002
Planted Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden and Tree in front of the Constitution Building. Planted Wildflower Garden in the meadow fields.
April-November 2003
Expanded wildflower garden in the meadow field, planted tulip poplar,
November 2003
Raytheon Company worked with REWHC to hire a contractor to extensively trim back invasive vines along the face of the western woodlands (particularly Asiatic bittersweet and Rosa floribunda). Also removed invasives along the trails.
November 2004
REWHC worked with John Campanini for the RI Tree Council in developing a plan for planting a number of trees in high visibility locations throughout the facility.
April 2005
Additional plantings installed in meadows during Earth Day 2005 activities Promoted pollinator plantings and distributed seeds during Earth Week
Summer 2005
Initiated pattern of mowing halves of two front meadow fields (leaving the wildflower area un-mowed)
2006
Reviewed plantings with Facilities annually to maintain a pollinator-friendly habitat New pollinator Garden created on the Nimitz south Building entrance.
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  • Paths to Awareness Project - We will develop and maintain walking trails through the environmental zones in the campus.
    • Related Goal: (1) Increase Environmental Awareness
    • Participants: 12 - 20 volunteers, varies by year
Date
Activity
November 1999 Mowing schedule set on existing right-of-ways.
June 2000
Woodland Wander Trail Inaugurated
February 2001
Woodland Wander Improved. Initial Planning performed on Poor Farm Ramble.
July 2002
Poor Farm Ramble Completed.
April 2003
Meadow Meander initial mowing completed, initial mapping completed, detailed mapping investigation begun.
2004
Coordinated with the facilities department mowing schedules for the trails.
Summer 2005
Initiated team cleanups of trails. Utilized employee resources via work parties after hours to maintain the trails. Promoted trails and trail walks through multiple company events.
Summer 2006
Continued team cleanups. Employees groups are still maintaining the trails via volunteers work that counts towards their community service goals. Bird watch walk, Lawton Valley and poor farm history walk promoted during earth week.
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  • Educational Interludes Project - We will develop interpretive themes for our trails, create educational material, and host employee and community groups for educational discussion.
    • Related Goal: (2) Increase Environmental Awarenes
    • Participants: 20-30 volunteers, varies by year
Date
Activity
1999
Created REWHC.ORG website
2000
Added Info-files for Birds, Mammals, Insects, Reptiles and Amphibians and Checklists for Birds, Mammals, Insects, Reptiles and Amphibians. Held Trails Day Walk. Held 1st Annual Earthday. Held 1st Anniversary Hike,
2001
Held Owl Prowl Trailwalk. Created and delivered nestbox monitoring training material, held 2rd annual earthday celebration. held trailwalks at company picnic. Hosted Bristol Boyscouts for trailwalk. Held trailwalk with RI Wild Plant Society. Attended RI Environmental Education Conference. Developed interpretive trailguides.
2002
Held 3rd annual earthday. Held historical Trailwalks, held trailwalks at company picnic, held trailbuilding trailwalk with Aquidneck Island Land Trust. Had trailwalk with retirees.
2003
Held 4th Annual Earthday celebration. Hosted Brownie Scouting Groups on the trails and fields. Held "Stone Walls", "Emerging Forest", "Bird", and "Site History" trail hikes. Developed and distributed 200 copies of the create-a-bird activity booklet to the Norman Bird Sanctuary for community environmental teaching.
November 2003
Members of the Appalachian Mountain Club (Narragansett chapter) hiked with REWHC in Lawton Valley
January 2004
Lunch-time visit with Great Horned Owl and Laura Smith, Audubon Society of Rhode Island REWHC interview with WNRI, Rhode Island’s NPR affiliate
March 2004
First site-wide photo contest to select entries for WHC 2005 Corporate Homes for Wildlife” calendar
March 2004
Lunch-time talk – URI Master Gardener Suzanne Benson
March 2004
Lunch-time talk – John Campanini, RI Tree Council
April 2004
Lawton Valley cleanup with Sierra Club and Appalachian Mountain Club
April 2004
Annual Earth Day planning and celebration
May 2004
Lunch-time talk – Eelgrass Restoration in Narragansett Bay – Save the Bay needs helper.
May – June 2004
Visit to Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, RI and a trail walk on REWHC’s trails as they plan new trails on their site
July 2004
Planning for a regional “Habitat Partnership” was initiated with community partners, industries and educational institutions throughout the area. REWHC has developed large format display for the technical library in the Nimitz Building.
September 2004
REWHC hosts Habitat Partnership meeting with regional businesses, community partners and educational institutions, to explore the possibilities of cooperating in enhancing local habitat programs.
October 2004
REWHC coordinated efforts to provide volunteers to assist with the Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair
November 2004
Site visit by Melville Trail planning group and Sakonnet Times
January 2005
Lunch-time talk – URI Master Gardeners Jules Cohen and Marian Gold
February 2005
Second site-wide photo contest to select entries for WHC 2006 Corporate Homes for Wildlife” calendar
March 2005
Lunch-time talk – Ted Clement of the Aquidneck Land Trust presented the accomplishments and goals of this community partner. Several REWHC members were able to visit the campus of Fidelity Investments in North Smithfield, RI, in their quest for WHC certification
April 2005
Annual Earth Day celebration Site visit by Portsmouth Historical Society, work party with PHS to clear historic Poor Farm cemetery
May 2005
Lunch-time tree trimming demonstration
September 2005
Lunch-time talk by Lauren Parmelee, Norman Bird Sanctuary, along with a live Red-tailed Hawk, and Bill Saslow with a trial version of his research on the Portsmouth Poor Farm.
November 2005
REWHC hosted Aquidneck Land Trust for a walk on our Woodland Wander Trail and a quick look into Lawton Valley.
January 2006
Lunch-time talk – Seals of Narragansett Bay presented by Save the Bay.
February 2006
Lunch-time talk – Stories in the Snow by Kelly Fox, Norman Bird Sanctuary
April 2006
Lunch-time talk – Eelgrass Restoration in Narragansett Bay – Save the Bay needs kayakers, divers and other helpers, Annual Earth Day celebration
May 2006
Lunch-time talk – Renewable Energy as RI State Policy, Annual Photo Contest to select entries for WHC 2007 Corporate Homes for Wildlife calendar
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  • Coyotes on Patrol Project - We will investigate and implement environment-friendly techniques of controlling our Canadian Goose Droppings problem.
    • Related Goal: (1) Increase Abundance and diversity
    • Participants: 10 volunteers, varies by year
Date
Activity
2003
Erected 8 Coyote Decoys around the campus.
January 2004
Added 4 additional decoys

Summer 2005

Rotated coyote Decoys around the center to prevent the local gees population from getting used to them. Started utilizing the services of Spooner the goose dog (border collie) to control the geese population on the center.
Spring 2006
Acquired new coyote decoys to replace deteriorated ones. Continue use of Spooner the dog in conjunction with the coyote decoys
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  • Beetle Buster Project - We will work with the Department of Environmental Management to survey for invasive beetles on our site as part of the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS)
    • Related Goal: (1) Increase Abundance and diversity
    • Participants: 4 volunteers, varies by year
Date
Activity
April 2004
Placed Four Lindgren Funnel Traps in two locations on campus.
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  • Windows of Opportunity Project - We will experiment with ways to reduce the number of bird strikes on our facility's windows.
    • Related Goal: (1) Increase Abundance and diversity
    • Participants: 5-10 volunteers, varies by year
Date
Activity
May 2004
Placed three "hawk" decals on courtyard windows.
Spring 2005
Distributed information to the employees and to managers with window offices
2006
Decals are available for employees on demand.
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  • Lawton's Valley Legacy Project - Document the environmental and historic significance of Lawton’s Valley and participate with community organizations for its permanent protection. We lead educational walks in Lawton’s Valley, research historic and environmental significance, and work with other adjoining neighbors and community land trust to protect this significant area for posterity.
    • Related Goal: (3) Protect our Environment for the Future Participants: 10-12 volunteers, varies through year
Date
Activity
July 2000-October 2005 Documented through historic research, species survey, and photographs the beauty of Lawton Valley.
November 2005
REWHC hosted Aquidneck Land Trust for a walk on our Woodland Wander Trail and a quick look into Lawton Valley.
December 2005
We prepared a report titled "Lawton’s Valley: A Natural and Historic Treasure in Rhode Island" and distributed it to Raytheon Management and The Aquidneck Land Trust for Discussion with our neighbors.
March 2005
Lunch-time talk – Ted Clement of the Aquidneck Land Trust presented the accomplishments and goals of this community partner.
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Feed Me!
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Fungus
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An April Day
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When the warm sun, that brings
Seed-time and harvest, has returned again,
'T is sweet to visit the still wood, where springs
The first flower of the plain.

I love the season well,
When forest glades are teeming with bright forms,
Nor dark and many-folded clouds foretell
The coming-on of storms.

From the earth's loosened mould
The sapling draws its sustenance, and thrives;
Though stricken to the heart with winter's cold,
The drooping tree revives.

The softly-warbled song
Comes from the pleasant woods, and colored wings
Glance quick in the bright sun, that moves along
The forest openings.

When the bright sunset fills
The silver woods with light, the green slope throws
Its shadows in the hollows of the hills,
And wide the upland glows.

And when the eve is born,
In the blue lake the sky, o'er-reaching far,
Is hollowed out and the moon dips her horn,
And twinkles many a star.

Inverted in the tide
Stand the gray rocks, and trembling shadows throw,
And the fair trees look over, side by side,
And see themselves below.

Sweet April! many a thought
Is wedded unto thee, as hearts are wed;
Nor shall they fail, till, to its autumn brought,
Life's golden fruit is shed



Chipmunk By The Well
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Beetle Clues Bug Naturalists
Brenda, Morris, and Robert view beetle tracks in some packing crate materials trans-shipped from Asia. Results inconclusive.
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Transport Tool or Trojan Horse?
Hardwood pallets, originating overseas, may harbor unwelcome visitors such as the Asian Longhorned Beetle.
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The Dragon-fly
by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Today I saw the dragon-fly
Come from the wells where he did lie.
An inner impulse rent the veil
Of his old husk: from head to tail
Came out clear plates of sapphire mail.
He dried his wings: like gauze they grew;
Thro' crofts and pastures wet with dew
A living flash of light he flew.

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