Do you have a burning question about Rhode Island’s diverse wildlife? Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a wildlife biologist? Are you interested in learning about wildlife conservation in Rhode Island?  You’re invited to join the Department of Environmental Management’s (DEM) Division of Fish and Wildlife for a virtual Q&A panel discussion this week with state wildlife biologists.

The program, set for Thursday, June 17 at 6:00 p.m., will give participants an opportunity to connect with wildlife biologists and get a behind-the-scenes look at the work involved in conserving Rhode Island’s diverse wildlife resources.

“This is a great opportunity to meet the folks behind all of the work we are doing in the Division of Fish and Wildlife,” said Mary Gannon, Wildlife Outreach Coordinator in a press release provided by DEM. “Throughout the year, our wildlife program participants typically interact with our outreach and education staff. We thought it would be an interesting change of pace to highlight our biologists, giving Rhode Islanders a chance to meet them and ask questions about their work. The program is open to anyone with an interest in wildlife conservation, but we strongly encourage middle school and high school students who are interested in working in the environmental field to participate!”

This virtual program, in partnership with the Greene Library, is FREE to attend, but registration is required to receive a Zoom link. Register here:

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).