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Narragansett Bay Reserve, Rhode Island


Rhode Island

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Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management



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The Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is made up of four islands, which consist of just under 4,300 acres of salt marsh, pine and deciduous forests, coastal meadows, eelgrass beds, and rocky intertidal zones. The Reserve is home to a variety of wildlife including white-tailed deer, mink, butterflies, turtles, harbor seals, and countless species of birds. The staff work on important issues, such as adaptation to climate change, conservation, and low-impact development.

Explore the impact of Narragansett Bay Reserve’s educational programs in 2019, including stewardship and monitoring projects for homeschoolers and the annual Rhode Island Envirothon, gone virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This reserve currently does not have a formal friends organization. Please stay tuned for more information.

Did You Know…

The Narraganssett Bay’s Hope Island is a major rookery for colonial nesting wading birds.

News from the Narragansett Reserve

Talk NERRdy to Me: Kenny Raposa

Talk NERRdy to Me: Kenny Raposa

This month, Nik Charov chats with Dr. Kenny Raposa, research coordinator at Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay Reserve, about his crabs, the Marsh Restoration Club for Men, and the benefits of not being dead yet.

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Narragansett Bay Reserve, Rhode Island