Learning/Our Natural History
The Critters Within
Birds of the Blackstone River Watershed
The Blackstone River Watershed is home to more than 200 species of birds, many of which are waterfowl. Some of the waterfowl living here include:
Moose on the Loose!
While moose are not seen frequently in the Blackstone Heritage Corridor, there have been sightings in Burrillville, RI and the upper reaches of the Watershed. It is estimated that there are more than 750 living in Worcester County, MA. retaining an unrestricted wildlife corridor on the western edge of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor allows these animals an opportunity to move north and south through the region, but don't expect to see the "Moose Crossing" signs going up anytime soon.
Our Finned Friends
In 1997 there were just about 20 species of fish in the Blackstone River Watershed, a number that showed an improvement over previous years. Today, according to the Blackstone River Coalition, there 37 species:
American Brook Lamprey
Did you know that beaver (Castor Canadensis) are the largest rodents in the U.S.? Adults grow between 30 to 65 pounds!