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A mother duck with a flock of ducklings.

Snapping turtle photographed along the Woonasquatucket River in Providence by Gary Dufresne.

Wildlife in the Watershed

From the wetlands, forests, lakes, ponds and rivers to the towns and urban areas in the Woonasquatucket River Watershed, a wide variety of plants and animals can be seen. Native fish such as herring and eels swim up the river from the ocean, while largemouth bass, yellow perch and other fish live in the lakes and ponds of the watershed. Peregrine falcons nest in downtown Providence and a wide variety of other birds live in or travel through the watershed. Otters have been seen in some parts of the watershed. Trees, amphibians and other creatures large and small add to the diversity of the watershed.

We are compiling a list of wildlife found in the watershed, mostly using reports from volunteers like you! Click on the links below to see lists of the plants and animals found in the watershed. If you have additions to these lists, please use the form below to submit them.

  • Birds
    • Blackbird, Red-winged   (Johnston, North Providence, North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Blackbird, Rusty   (North Smithfield)
    • Bluebird, Eastern   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Bufflehead   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence)
    • Cardinal, Northern   (North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Catbird, Gray   (Providence)
    • Chickadee, Black-capped   (North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Cormorant, Double-crested   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Cowbird, Brown-headed   (North Smithfield)
    • Creeper, Brown   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Crow, American   (Providence)
    • Crow, Fish   (Providence)
    • Cuckoo, Black-billed   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Dove, Mourning   (North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Dove, Rock   (Providence)
    • Duck, Black   (Providence, Smithfield)
    • Duck, Wood   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Eagle, Bald   (Johnston)
    • Egret, Great   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence)
    • Falcon, Peregrine   (Providence)
    • Finch, House   (Providence)
    • Flicker, Common   (North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Goldfinch, American   (North Providence, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Goose, Canada   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Grackle, Common   (North Smithfield)
    • Gull, Great Black-Backed   (Providence)
    • Gull, Herring   (Providence)
    • Gull, Laughing   (Providence)
    • Gull, Ring-billed   (Providence)
    • Hawk, Cooper's   (Providence, Smithfield)
    • Hawk, Red-tailed   (North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Hawk, Sharp-Shinned   (North Smithfield)
    • Heron, Black-crowned Night   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence)
    • Heron, Great Blue   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Heron, Green   (Johnston, North Providence, North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Hummingbird, Ruby-throated   (North Smithfield)
    • Jay, Blue   (North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Junco, Northern   (North Providence, North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Kestrel, American   (Providence)
    • Killdeer   (Providence)
    • Kingbird, Eastern   (Johnston, North Providence, North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Kingfisher, Belted   (Johnston, North Providence, North Providence, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Kinglet, Golden-Crowned   (Smithfield)
    • Loon, Common   (Providence, Smithfield)
    • Loon, Red-Throated   (Providence)
    • Mallard   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Merganser, Common   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Merganser, Hooded   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Merganser, Red-Breasted   (Providence)
    • Mockingbird, Northern   (North Providence, Smithfield)
    • Nighthawk, Common   (North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Nuthatch, White-breasted   (North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Oriole, "Baltimore" (or Northern)   (Johnston, North Providence, North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Osprey   (Providence)
    • Ovenbird   (Providence)
    • Owl, Great Horned   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Phoebe, Eastern   (Providence)
    • Pintail, Northern   (Smithfield)
    • Raven, Common   (Providence)
    • Robin, American   (Providence, Smithfield)
    • Sandpiper, Spotted   (North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Sparrow, Chipping   (Providence, Smithfield)
    • Sparrow, Fox   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Sparrow, House   (Providence, Smithfield)
    • Sparrow, Swamp   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Sparrow, White-Crowned   (Providence)
    • Starling, European   (Providence)
    • Swan, Mute   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Swift, Chimney   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence)
    • Tanager, Scarlet   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Thrasher, Brown   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Thrush, Hermit   (Providence)
    • Titmouse, Tufted   (North Smithfield)
    • Towhee, Eastern   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Turkey, Wild   (North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Vireo, Blue-Headed   (North Smithfield)
    • Vireo, Red-Eyed   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Warbler, Blackpoll   (Providence)
    • Warbler, Orange-Crowned   (Providence)
    • Warbler, Yellow   (Providence)
    • Waterthrush, Northern   (Providence)
    • Waxwing, Cedar   (North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Whip-Poor-Will   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Woodcock, American   (Providence)
    • Woodpecker, Downy   (North Providence, North Smithfield, Providence)
    • Woodpecker, Hairy   (North Smithfield, Providence)
    • Woodpecker, Piliated   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Woodpecker, Red-Bellied   (North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Yellowthroad, Common   (Providence)
  • Mammals
    • Bat, Brown   (Johnston)
    • Chipmunk, Gray Eastern   (Smithfield)
    • Coyote   (North Smithfield)
    • Deer, White-tailed   (Johnston, North Providence, North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Fisher   (North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Fox, Red   (Johnston, North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Harbor Seal   (Providence)
    • Mink   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Muskrat   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Opossum   (North Smithfield)
    • Otter, River   (Johnston, North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Raccoon   (North Providence, North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Shrew (sp?)   (North Providence)
    • Skunk, Stripped   (North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Snake, Hog-Nosed   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Squirrel, Eastern Gray   (North Providence, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Squirrel, Northern Flying   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Squirrel, Red   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
  • Fish
    • American Eel   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Bass, Largemouth    (Johnston, North Providence, Providence)
    • Bass, Smallmouth   (Johnston, North Providence)
    • Black Bullhead (Catfish)   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence)
    • Bluegill   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence)
    • Carp   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence)
    • Chain Pickerel   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence)
    • Crappie   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence)
    • Dace   (Providence)
    • Herring   (Providence)
    • Johnny Darter Fish   (Johnston, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Menhaden, Atlantic   (Providence)
    • Perch, Yellow   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Pumpkinseed (Sunfish)   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence)
    • Shiner   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Sucker, Longnose   (Providence)
    • Sucker, White   (Providence)
  • Rodents
    • Beaver   (North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Groundhog (woodchuck)   (Glocester, Providence)
  • Reptiles
    • DeKay's brown snake    (North Providence, Providence)
    • Snake, Eastern Milk   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Snake, Garter   (Smithfield)
    • Snake, Northern Water   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence)
    • Terrapin (Turtle), Diamondback   (Providence)
    • Turtle, Eastern Box   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Turtle, Eastern Painted   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence)
    • Turtle, Musk   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence)
    • Turtle, Snapping   (Johnston, North Providence, North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Turtle, Spotted   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence)
    • Tutle, Pond Slider   (North Providence, Providence, Smithfield)
  • Amphibians
    • Bullfrog   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence)
    • Frog, Eastern Grey Tree   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Frog, Green   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence)
    • Frog, Leopard   (Johnston, North Providence, Providence, Smithfield)
  • Insects & Other Macroinvertibrates (aside from Mollusks & Crustaceans)
    • Black fly larva   (Johnston, Providence)
    • Caddis flies   (Johnston, Providence)
    • Dragonfly, Common Skimmer (Symetrum)   (Smithfield)
    • Dragonfly, Green Darner (Anax)   (Smithfield)
    • Eastern Dobsonflies   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Eyed Tiger Moth   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Giant Ichneumon   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Horsehair Worm (Gordonia)   (Smithfield)
    • Luna Moth   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Robber Fly (Family: Asilidae, Genus: Laphria)   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Water Scorpion (Ranatra)   (Smithfield)
    • Water Stiders (Gerris)   (Smithfield)
    • Whirligig Beetles (Dineutus)   (North Providence, Providence, Smithfield)
  • Mollusks & Crustaceans
    • Corbicula (Asiatic clam)   (Providence)
    • Crabs, Blue   (Providence)
    • Crayfish (Cambarus)   (Smithfield)
    • Crayfish (Genera not known)   (Providence)
    • Crayfish (Orconectus)   (Smithfield)
    • Elliptio complinata (freshwater mussel)   (Johnston, Providence)
    • Freshwater Clam (Ligumia or Eliptio)   (Smithfield)
    • Snail, Land (Veniridens)   (Smithfield)
    • Snail, Pond (Campeloma)   (Smithfield)
  • Trees
    • Apple   (Providence)
    • Ash, Green   (Providence)
    • Basswood (American Linden)   (Providence)
    • Birch, Gray   (Providence)
    • Boxelder   (Providence)
    • Buttonbush   (Providence)
    • Catalpa, Northern   (Providence)
    • Cedar, Atlantic White   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Chestnut, American   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Cottonwood, Eastern   (Providence)
    • Crabapple   (Providence)
    • Elm, American   (Providence)
    • Elm, Slippery   (Providence)
    • Hackberry   (Providence)
    • Honeylocust   (Providence)
    • Locust, Black   (Providence)
    • Maple, Norway   (Providence)
    • Maple, Red   (Providence)
    • Maple, Silver   (North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Mulberry, White   (Providence)
    • Oak, Pin   (Providence)
    • Oak, Red   (Providence)
    • Planetree, London   (Providence)
    • Sassafras   (North Smithfield, Providence, Smithfield)
    • Sycamore   (Providence)
    • Walnut, Black   (North Smithfield, Smithfield)
    • Willow (sp?)   (Providence)
    • Willow, Weeping   (North Providence)
  • Other Plants
    • Jack-In-the Pulpit   (Providence)
    • Pickerelweed   (North Providence, Providence)

  • These wildlife sightings were reported by:
    • Glenn Abanilla, Johnston
    • Lisa Aurecchia, Providence
    • Denise Budz, Providence
    • David Butera, Johnston
    • Kristine Clark, Providence
    • Jim DiChristofero, North Smithfield
    • Carol Drowne, Providence
    • Gordon Fitch, Providence
    • Merideth Fontaine, North Providence
    • Ray Hartenstine, North Providence
    • Bruce Hooke, Providence
    • Patricia A. Houle, Providence
    • Shomari S. Husband, Providence
    • Joe Jutras, North Providence
    • Mike (Mick) Korba, Smithfield
    • Jay Manning, Providence
    • Eugenia Marks, Providence
    • Jennifer Pereira, Johnston
    • Polly Reynolds, North Providence
    • Jason Richer, North Smithfield
    • Elizabeth Rodriguez, North Providence
    • William Schmidt, Johnston
    • Justin Smith, Providence
    • Doug Still, Providence
    • Terri Tracy, Providence
    • Glen Verduchi, Johnston
    • Kevin Wasilewski, Providence

Report New Wildlife Sightings!

Have you seen wildlife your neighborhood? Please use this form to report new wildlife sightings, which can include plants and animals that are not listed above as well as plants an animals already listed above that we did not have listed in your town. Thanks!

 

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