Birdwatching Through the Ages: From Victorian Natural History to eBird

Thursday, January 10th
(6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

$10 Members, $12 Non-members

In Victorian times, bird enthusiasts studied these amazing animals up close—which unfortunately meant stuffing specimens as “study skins” or taxidermy. NBS Educator Rachel Holbert will offer a rare guided tour of the Sturtevant Collection of Birds of Rhode Island from 1899, as we learn about the role of modern natural history research collections.

Today, NBS staff promote reporting bird sightings to eBird, an online citizen science project, to track the distribution of birds using the Sanctuary at different times of the year. During the past 5 years, thousands of NBS sightings have been submitted. NBS Educator Matt Schenck will share what we have learned from this valuable data set. This will be a cozy, fire-side lecture with complimentary light refreshments.

Recommended for adults.


Tipping the Scales: From Sea Turtle Research to Reptile Citizen Science

Thursday, February 7th
(6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

$10 Members, $12 Non-members

Reptiles may be amongst some of the world’s most misunderstood animals. Join NBS Educators Meghan Davies and Mark Pagliarini as they discuss past field research experience with reptiles, ranging from sea turtles to snakes and alligators, and discuss citizen science projects, highlighting a few local reptile hot spots.

Learn about the innovative and exciting ways scientists are gathering data on these incredible animals, some ways that anyone can contribute to ongoing research, and gain the knowledge and tools needed to go explore the reptilian habitats and observe the different reptile species that Rhode Island has to offer.

This will be a cozy, fire-side lecture with complimentary light refreshments.

Recommended for adults.


Fireside Trivia Night

Friday, March 8th

Stay tuned for more info!

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 Evening with the Raptors

Friday, April 12th

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NBS public programs range in accessibility, but are designed to appeal to the largest group of ages and mobility levels.  Lectures will be indoors and have minimal walking.  Unless otherwise stated, outdoor explorations are generally on even terrain with a few rocks in the path.  If you have concerns about if a program is appropriate for a mobility level or age of a person in your party, please contact the Education Department at 846-2577 x33.


Cancellations are permitted up to 7 days prior to the program date. Transfer of fees to another program is encouraged. No refunds will be given for cancellations within 7 days of the program. Programs are rain or shine. However, we reserve the right to postpone programs due to circumstances beyond our control, such as extreme weather, in which case refunds are not available. In the event that NBS cancels a program for any reason, such as under enrollment, refunds will be given to participants and processed within 30 days. Please be aware that only registered participants will be notified if a program is cancelled.