Wildlife Projects

Tree Swallow Babies
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WildFlower Garden
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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. Continue reading to find out who helped us to realize some of the projects mentioned bellow.
  • 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.
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-Present 2004 Performed nest monitoring training, prototyped top-hinged nest box, repaired broken boxes.

  • 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.
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
Removed invasives behind Nimitz building and along the trails.

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.

  • Educational Interludes Project - We will develop interpretive themes for our trails, create educational material, and host employee and community groups for educational discussion.
Created REWHC.ORG website
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,
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.
Held 3rd annual earthday. Held historical Trailwalks, held trailwalks at company picnic, held trailbuilding trailwalk with Aquidneck Island Land Trust. Had trailwalk with retirees.
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.

  • Coyotes on Patrol Project - We will investigate and implement environment-friendly techniques of controlling our Canadian Goose Droppings problem.
Erected 8 Coyote Decoys around the campus.
January 2004
Added 4 additional decoys

  • 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).
April 2004
Placed Four Lindgren Funnel Traps in two locations on campus.

May 2004
Placed three "hawk" decals on courtyard windows.

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Tree Fungus
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Activity in PDF (6.9MB)

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Hiking the Trails
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Feed Me!
© 2002, W. Saslow

© 2002, W. Saslow

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Spake full well, in language quaint and olden,
One who dwelleth by the castled Rhine,
When he called the flowers, so blue and golden,
Stars, that in earth's firmament do shine.

Stars they are, wherein we read our history,
As astrologers and seers of eld;
Yet not wrapped about with awful mystery,
Like the burning stars, which they beheld.

Wondrous truths, and manifold as wondrous,
God hath written in those stars above;
But not less in the bright flowerets under us
Stands the revelation of his love.

Bright and glorious is that revelation,
Written all over this great world of ours;
Making evident our own creation,
In these stars of earth, these golden flowers.

And the Poet, faithful and far-seeing,
Sees, alike in stars and flowers, a part
Of the self-same, universal being,
Which is throbbing in his brain and heart.

Gorgeous flowerets in the sunlight shining,
Blossoms flaunting in the eye of day,
Tremulous leaves, with soft and silver lining,
Buds that open only to decay;

Brilliant hopes, all woven in gorgeous tissues,
Flaunting gayly in the golden light;
Large desires, with most uncertain issues,
Tender wishes, blossoming at night!

These in flowers and men are more than seeming;
Workings are they of the self-same powers,
Which the Poet, in no idle dreaming,
Seeth in himself and in the flowers.

Everywhere about us are they glowing,
Some like stars, to tell us Spring is born;
Others, their blue eyes with tears o'er-flowing,
Stand like Ruth amid the golden corn;

Not alone in Spring's armorial bearing,
And in Summer's green-emblazoned field,
But in arms of brave old Autumn's wearing,
In the centre of his brazen shield;

Not alone in meadows and green alleys,
On the mountain-top, and by the brink
Of sequestered pools in woodland valleys,
Where the slaves of nature stoop to drink;

Not alone in her vast dome of glory,
Not on graves of bird and beast alone,
But in old cathedrals, high and hoary,
On the tombs of heroes, carved in stone;

In the cottage of the rudest peasant,
In ancestral homes, whose crumbling towers,
Speaking of the Past unto the Present,
Tell us of the ancient Games of Flowers;

In all places, then, and in all seasons,
Flowers expand their light and soul-like wings,
Teaching us, by most persuasive reasons,
How akin they are to human things.

And with childlike, credulous affection
We behold their tender buds expand;
Emblems of our own great resurrection,
Emblems of the bright and better land

Chipmunk By The Well
© 2002, W. Saslow

Beetle Clues Bug Naturalists
Brenda, Morris, and Robert view beetle tracks in some packing crate materials trans-shipped from Asia. Results inconclusive.
© 2004, W. Saslow

Transport Tool or Trojan Horse?
Hardwood pallets, originating overseas, may harbor unwelcome visitors such as the Asian Longhorned Beetle.
© 2004, W. Saslow

The Princess: Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Now sleeps the crimson petal, now the white;
Nor waves the cypress in the palace walk;
Nor winks the gold fin in the porphyry font:
The fire-fly wakens: waken thou with me.

Now droops the milk-white peacock like a ghost,
And like a ghost she glimmers on to me.

Now lies the earth all DanaŽ to the stars,
And all thy heart lies open unto me.

Now slides the silent meteor on, and leaves
A shining furrow, as thy thoughts in me.

Now folds the lily all her sweetness up,
And slips into the bosom of the lake:
So fold thyself, my dearest, thou, and slip
Into my bosom and be lost in me.

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