Thursday, March 24, 2011

Osprey Vs Red Tail Hawk at Save The Bay

One sure sign of spring here at the Save The Bay Center at Field's Point in Providence is the return of the osprey to the nesting platform near our parking lot.

Over the winter, while the osprey were down south, the nesting platform would be used as a roost by red tailed hawks, kestrels, and other big birds of prey. I don't think anything nested there in winter.

However, driving out of the driveway Tuesday evening, I saw a red tail sitting there as the osprey returned. The osprey swooped and dive-bombed the hawk until it moved on. Check out the video:

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Narragansett Bay Wins National "Great Waters" Designation


PROVIDENCE (March 22, 2011) – Narragansett Bay has been named one of America’s Great Waters, recognizing its ecological, economic, and cultural importance to the region. Today’s announcement by America’s Great Waters Coalition adds Narragansett Bay and its connected rivers and coastal waters to 10 original “Great Waters” established in 2010.

The designation is part of a nation-wide effort to build support for the nation’s most valuable and threatened waterways through regional ecosystem-based environmental management, coordination, and collaboration across state lines and traditional boundaries. Narragansett Bay and the coastal waters of Southern New England now bridge a gap between Long Island Sound and the Gulf of Maine, which already have Great Waters Designation.

Save The Bay applied for this designation in 2010. Today’s announcement adds Narragansett Bay and eight other “Great Waters” to the original list of 10. The original Great Waters include the Great Lakes, Coastal Louisiana, the Everglades, Chesapeake Bay, Long Island Sound, the Gulf of Maine, Lake Champlain, the Mississippi River, Puget Sound, and San Francisco Bay. Today’s additions include the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuary, the Colorado River, the Delaware River Basin, Galveston Bay, the Missouri River, the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary, the Ohio River Basin, and the Rio Grande.

“Narragansett Bay deserves this distinction,” said Save The Bay Executive Director Jonathan Stone. “More than ever, we need to work closely with our neighboring states and the federal government to see the big picture. We are part of a unique Southern New England ecosystem, and it makes good economic and practical sense to coordinate and collaborate in its management.”

“The addition of Narragansett Bay to the Great Waters Coalition is a strong and significant move, as it solidifies the New England states with their connected Great Waters,” said Peter Alexander, Director of the Northeast Great Waters Coalition. “Rhode Island can now align its plans with its neighbors and build lasting support for clean water infrastructure and habitat restoration. In this budget climate, we need to work harder to underscore the critical needs and the benefits of investment in our waterways.”

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Introducing Baykeeper Videos

Blogs are always greatly improved by photos and videos, so today, I'm going to experiment with posting a few videos from my new HD Flip video camera.

South County Coastkeeper and Narragansett Baykeeper got these cameras at a deep discount as part of a deal through Waterkeeper Alliance with Flip.

We have a great view of the Providence River and Upper Narragansett Bay here at the Save The Bay Center in Providence. This was the view this morning:

Also, at this morning's staff meeting, a Northern harrier buzzed the windows of the Board room:

The video's grainy, I know- I'll try to get some better shots of it. Still, this is remarkable, as this bird is on the Rhode Island Endangered Species list. We've seen this one here almost daily for the past couple of months.

Here's another quick one of the harrier I grabbed out of my car window later in the day...

I'll bring you more videos as the spring progresses here... Enjoy! JT