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News From Environment Council of RI

April 10, 2020


ECRI Weekly Update

May ECRI Board Meeting and June Annual Meeting

ECRI is planning to make the May 4 meeting virtual, online.  Once we figure out details, you will all be invited to join.  We expect that Court King, who runs the Providence Green Zone program and was scheduled to speak at the April meeting, will  join us.  

It is also clear to us that the Annual meeting on June 1 will be very different than originally planned, again online.  We are looking into how we can make it something special with the two presentations on the Port of Providence we were looking forward to hearing.  As soon as details are worked out, we shall let you know.

NWF Grant Received

ECRI has received a grant from the National Wildlife Federation and will use it to create a strategic plan.  The shutdown due to the virus has reinforced our need to be better prepared for a more online organization. This will help us get there as well as explore other things that will help us in the years ahead.  Your participation will be most welcome. 

Policy Committee News

The policy committee is still active, though we are unsure what the legislature will do.  We recently got word that certain environmental standards are being temporarily relaxed due to the virus, and we are going to keep an eye on that as best we can.  

Earth Day Celebration Cancelled

The April 23rd live 50th Earth Day celebration has been cancelled, but ECRI has formed a committee to see what we can do.  We are thinking currently about two things: writing an op-ed and an online event.  Committee met on Thursday to start talking.

Tisdale Raffle

The Loraine Environmental Education Tisdale Raffle drawing is supposed to be at the May ECRI meeting.  We have not yet worked out the logistics but we shall do the drawing.  We sell the raffle tickets in spring to raise money for the awards we give to schools in the fall for projects.  Tickets are $5 a piece.  If you want to get a few tickets to support the awards,  send a check to the ECRI Ed Fund, PO Box 40568,  Providence, RI 02940 and I will get y0ur ticket stubs into the drawing.


Burrillville Land Trust Virtual Events Celebrating 50th Earth Day

With all that is going on with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Burrillville Land Trust has changed its live presentations, events and hikes to online virtual presentations.

“Even in these times, we must keep the environment top of mind. A healthy environment is vital for a healthy society. And no more so than now. 50 years is a long time for any celebration and a celebration of Earth Day is in order,” says Paul Roselli, president of the non-profit, all volunteer Burrillville Land Trust.

Some of these events require registration. To register and for more information send an email to or find the event on Facebook and register there.

  • April 10: Why Celebrate Earth Day in a time of crisis? The Coalition Radio - Join Pat Ford and Paul Roselli. 7pm.
  • April 16: Solar Siting in Rhode Island - Scott Millar from Grow Smart Rhode Island. Social - 6pm. Presentation - 6:30pm.
  • April 20: Earth Day Celebration Trivia Night. Register for this Zoom only event. 7pm.
  • April 21: The thrill of backyard birds. Author/naturalist Todd McLeish. Social - 1pm. Presentation 1:30pm.
  • April 22: Let’s go take a hike - online that is. 11am. 
  • April 26: Breaking out. Clinical psychologist Joseph Berryhill. Zoom-only event. To register send email to Social - 6 pm. Discussion - 6:30 pm.

Most events can be seen by connecting with Facebook, Zoom, Twitter and YouTube live. Log in information will be posted. For Zoom-only events and for more information, please send an email to


This Week's Creature Features:

With the closure of all Providence parks for a month, I am not sure that videos will be available until the parks reopen.  If there is video available, Creature Feature will continue.  Otherwise it will return when the North Burial Ground reopens.  
Phoebe and Flicker    1 minute  54 seconds  
Hawk and Snake Tango   This has an amazing struggle between hawk and snake.  Pretty even contest   5 minutes 20 seconds

Until Next Week....

- Greg Gerritt, ECRI Office






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that protect and enhance the environment.
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