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February At Home Quest-Happy Groundhog Day!

February 2nd is Groundhog Day! Traditionally, if Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog sees his shadow, he predicts we will have six more weeks of winter. Have you ever taken a good look at your shadow? How big is it? Does i...

1/31/2024

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January At Home Quest-Winter Weather Tracking!

New England winter weather can be tricky! Some days it's sunny and warm, some days it snows, and some days it rains! For our quest this month, pick at least 3 days and record your weather observations. What are the high and ...

1/3/2024

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December At Home Quest-Motus!

The Motus Wildlife Tracking System is an international collaborative network of researchers that use automated radio telemetry to track hundreds of individuals of numerous species of birds, bats, and insects. The system enables a community of researchers, educators, organizations, and citizens to undertake impactful research and education on the ecology and conservation of migratory animals. Roger Williams Park Zoo is proud to have installed a Motus tower in November!Click on the link below to go to the Motus Data Dashboard. Use your mouse to zoom in over Rhode Island. Ea...

12/3/2023

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November At Home Quest-Faces in Nature!

Do you ever feel like you're being watched? This month we're challenging you to find faces in nature! Whether in it's a ...

11/1/2023

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October At Home Quest-Fat Bear Week!

“From its humble beginnings as Fat Bear Tuesday in 2014 to over 1 million votes cast last year in 2022, celebrating fat bears and Katmai's healthy ecosystem has since become a tradition!”Each winter, the bears of Katmai National Park in Alaska gorge themselves on salmon to prepare for entering their winter dens. While in their dens, bears will not eat or drink until they emerge in the spring. Since they lose up to 1/3 of their body weight during this time, it's important for them to put on as much weight as possible before w...

10/8/2023

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September At Home Quest-Dark Skies!

According to the International Dark-Sky Association, light pollution is defined as, “any adverse or unintended effect of the use of artificial light at night, including sky glow, glare, light trespass, light clutter, decreased visibility at night, and energy waste.” Light pollution has detrimental consequences on biodiversity and the environment, and also on people! Everyone enjoys seeing the stars, and light pollution often makes this difficult or impossible in densely pop...

8/30/2023

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At Home Quest - August

At Home Quest-National Honeybee Day!National Honeybee Day is Saturday, August 19th! Do you know that without bees, we wouldn't have foods like apples, cherries, almonds, pumpkin and chocolate? For 5000 points in August, ...

8/3/2023

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July Quest-Shark Appreciation Day!

July 14th is Shark Awareness Day! Sharks and their "cousins", skates and rays, are a huge and diverse group of more than 1000 different species. Although often misunderstood, sharks are fascinating animals with an important role to play in our ecosystem! To earn 5,000 points in July, find o...

7/2/2023

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June Quest-Mini BioBlitz!

Have you heard of a "BioBlitz"? In a BioBlitz, volunteers working in teams have 24 hours to tally as many species of animals and plants as they can on a particular parcel of land. The Rhode Island Natural History Survey's official state BioBlitz is June 9th and 10th. This month, we are encouraging Nature Swappers to hold your own mini BioBlitz!For 5000 points this month, find an outdoor space, ...

6/5/2023

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May Quest-April Showers Bring May Flowers (and Rainbows!)

Early spring can see a lot of rain. But after the rain comes the rainbow, and the flowers! To celebrate the arrival of spring, we'll be focusing on the colors of the season that "April Showers" can bring. Can...

5/3/2023

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April Quest-Earth Day Bingo!

Earth Day is April 22nd! Earth Day is a day to show your support for conservation and environmental protection. The first Earth Day in 1970 is considered the start of the modern environmental movement...

4/11/2023

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March Quest-World Wildlife Day!

March 3rd is World Wildlife Day. This is a United Nations International day that celebrates the world's wild animals and plants, as well as the contribution that they make to our lives and the planet. For 5000 points in March, document how you help wildlife. Do you put out birdfeeders? Recycle? Pick up trash in your neighborhood? All of these are ...

3/2/2023

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February Quest-Happy Groundhog Day!

February 2nd is Groundhog Day! Tradition says if a groundhog sees its shadow on this day, we will have 6 more weeks of winter. Although groundhogs may not ...

2/1/2023

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January Quest-Squirrel Appreciation Day!

January 21st is Squirrel Appreciation Day! Do you know there are at least 285 species of squirrel? Or that the oldest squirrel fossil dates back 35 million years? Show your love for o...

1/3/2023

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December At Home Quest-Keep a Weather Log!

The Winter Solstice is on December 21st. On this day, the Earth's north pole reaches its maximum tilt away from the sun, and the northern hemisphere experiences its shortest amount of daylight. With winter on the way, you have probably noticed a change in the weat...

11/30/2022

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November Quest-All About Turkeys!

November is all about Turkeys! Wild Turkeys are one of the most successful conservation stories in America. In the early 1900s, there were less than 200,000 left in the entire country. Today, thanks to conservation efforts, there are over 6 million! ...

10/31/2022

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October Quest-Animals That Scare Us!

A lot of people have at least one animal that makes us nervous-and that's ok! But a lot of times, when we take a closer look at these animals, we find things that make them interesting and unique, and discover why they're important to our ecosystem. For 5,000 points t...

10/18/2022