The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated a collaborative project in Rhode Island as the Providence Parks Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership. The partnership is one of the first eight in the country, started under the Service’s urban refuge initiative. With 80 percent of Americans living in cities, the initiative aims to meet children and families where they live and work, nurture an appreciation of wildlife conservation and foster a better understanding of the role of the Service in conserving natural resources.
Providence is the most populous city in Rhode Island and is one of the most diverse in the U.S. The urban partnership engages the city’s 100 neighborhood parks and the state’s conservation organizations to leverage funding and technical support for wildlife habitats, nature trails, interpretive signs and support for a conservation program coordinator.
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The federally threatened piping plover is a small, stocky, sandy-colored bird resembling a sandpiper. The adult has yellow-orange legs, a black band across the forehead from eye to eye, and a black ring around the base of its neck. Like other plovers, it runs in short starts and stops. When still, the piping plover blends into the pale background of open, sandy habitat on outer beaches where it feeds and nests.