In this episode of "Frontline Voices," Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim joins Colin to discuss the furious pace of lawmaking at the State House in recent days as they voted on hundreds of bills, including many big victories for Maine’s environment. Pete will describe some big themes that emerged from this year’s action, what’s left to be done, and when lawmakers will finally adjourn.
Protecting Maine's Environment
Maine Towns Need Relief from the Rising Costs of Recycling
The Legislature will soon vote on LD 1541, a bill that would help make recycling more effective by requiring big corporations like Amazon and Wal-Mart to reimburse towns for costs of managing wasteful packaging. Without this law, Maine’s recycling programs will continue to struggle and many more may close. Please urge your legislator to support LD 1541 now!
Get Your NRCM Discount at Maine Sporting Camps & Guide Services
Did you know that NRCM members receive discounts at some of Maine's best sporting camps and guide services? All you need to do is contact us for a voucher for your stay at one of these camps or for use as you hire a guide service. Not yet an NRCM member? No problem. Join NRCM today and immediately become eligible for the discount. Let us help you enjoy Maine's outdoors!
Public hearings on many bills related to Maine's environment are happening right now, and your voice is one that legislators need to hear.
Your voice can make a huge difference for passing new laws to protect Maine’s environment and stopping bad proposals from becoming law. Our bill tracking page has hearing date and time information, NRCM testimony, action on the bills, and more. We also have a Take Action Toolkit to provide you with resources and guidelines for how to participate in the legislative process and speak out in support of Maine’s air, land, water, and wildlife.
A Surprise Nest Guest
NRCM's bird experts Allison & Jeff Wells write, "We’ve all had those unexpected house guests, folks who arrive (sometimes for an indefinite amount of time) with little to no heads up and leave you scrambling a little to make adjustments. Birds likewise can become host to unexpected guests to their home." Find out which bird was a local unexpected house guest in their latest blog.
The Truth about Maine’s Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging Bill
Critter Chatter – Mother Nature’s Amazing Genetics
Do you know the difference between "piebald" and "albino" when it comes to wildlife and domestic animals? In the latest "Critter Chatter" post, author and NRCM member Jayne Winters explains the difference and shares photos to help illustrate what she's writing about. She also updates you on who to contact if you find an injured or sick creature in Maine this summer.
Restoring the Kennebec River above Waterville
Take Action: Ask Congress to Invest in Maine's Clean Energy Future
The American Jobs Plan has the potential to provide critical upgrades to our infrastructure. Send an email to Maine's Congressional delegation today to urge their support of a plan that prioritizes a clean energy economy, modern transportation options, and resilient communities.
Five Endangered Species from Maine You Should Know About
May 21st in Endangered Species Day. In this blog post by NRCM's Melanie Sturm and Becca Ferguson, learn about five threatened or endangered animals and plants found here in Maine, including the Northern long-eared bat and Furbish lousewort, that need protection — and what you can do to help!
Featured: Reduce Your Use: Tips for Reducing Your Footprint on the Environment
Do you know how much food the average Maine family wastes each year? Want to learn how to reduce your food waste, plastic bag and foam food container use? Our “Reduce Your Use” brochure includes tips for lessening your impact on the environment while saving money, including simple changes to your daily habits such as grocery shopping, consumer purchases, and cutting back on food and other waste such as plastic bags that take centuries to break down.
NRCM is dedicated to making information available on issues facing Maine’s environment and the people who rely upon it. Our publications, including our Maine Environment newsletters, will, we hope, help you better understand the topic of interest and provide you with information that you can use in your own work on behalf of the people, wildlife, and environment of Maine.
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Learn about our Maine Sporting Camp & Guide Service discount program.
A feature to help you help the planet.
Taking steps to improve energy efficiency in your everyday life can save you money, reduce pollution, add to your comfort, and improve your sense of well-being. Around the house, on the road, and in your community, following these tips can help you become more energy efficient. Request a free brochure today!
Did you know that a Piping Plover parent will attempt to lure a potential predator away from its nest by feigning a broken wing? This endangered species nests at Maine beaches. Learn more about conservation efforts for Piping Plovers in our latest Creature Feature written by NRCM member Kristen Lindquist.
Banner photo: View of the Bubbles at Acadia National Park, by David Small