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Protecting the nature of Maine since 1959, by harnessing the power of science, the law, and the voices of people who value Maine's environment.

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Solar Power Achieved a New England Milestone on Chilly Thanksgiving

Sun-generated electricity reached a level that actually shifted peak energy demand away from the usual midmorning, showing solar's growing role on the region's electric grid. by Tux Turkel, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story On last month’s historically cold Thanksgiving Day, New England turkeys were being roasted by the...

Large Maine Solar Producers Win Exemption from Costly Meter Installations

Regulators saw little benefit to ratepayers from a requirement that companies with large solar arrays pay to have expensive meters installed. by Tux Turkel, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story Clean-energy advocates won a partial victory Wednesday when the Maine Public Utilities Commission agreed to exempt large electric customers from...

Maine Regulators Partially Undo Controversial Solar Metering Rule

By Fred Bever Maine Public news story Listen to full news story. State regulators are partially unwinding what they had hoped was a solution to inequities in the way solar power users are compensated for excess electricity they supply to the grid. Last year, after several legislative attempts to reform...

CMP's Proposed Transmission Line: A Bad Deal for Maine

CMP wants to build a 145-mile transmission line though Maine's woods solely to bring hydropower from Quebec to Massachusetts, with no significant benefit to Maine people or our climate! Read about the study that shows that it would do nothing to reduce climate-changing pollution. Then be sure to sign the petition in opposition to CMP's proposal.

Listen to New NRCM Podcast Episode

With Maine’s new legislators being sworn in this week, NRCM Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim breaks down November’s election results and what they mean for the year ahead in our latest "Maine Environment: Conversations with NRCM" podcast. Hear our take on what to watch for as we transition to the 129th Legislature and a new gubernatorial administration.

Make a Gift to Protect the Nature of Maine

You are an essential partner in the Natural Resources Council of Maine's (NRCM) work providing the people and the wildlife of Maine clean air, clean water, and protected habitats. Please consider a year-end, tax-deductible gift, which will help to protect the nature of Maine, today and for generations to come.

Be part of the fun at NRCM's 11th Annual Polar Bear Dip & Dash!

Join us on Monday, December 31 in Portland's East End for a 5K race and an icy, cold dip into Casco Bay!

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A "Winter Finch" Holiday for Birders

For birders in Maine and across the Northeast, a holiday of sorts is fast approaching, one that takes place just once every two years or so. What is it, and what does it have to do with the Year of the Bird? NRCM's Allison Wells and her husband Jeff, both lifelong birders and authors, tell you all about it.

An Afternoon to Honor Nathaniel Reed

NRCM CEO Lisa Pohlmann celebrates the contributions of a conservation giant who loved the nature of Maine and had an important role in turning the Endangered Species Act into law. We will miss you, Nat.

Dead and Dying Trees are Key to Life

Did you know that dead or partially dead standing trees (snags) and cavity trees (live or partially dead trees with cavities) are important to the life cycle and habitat needs of more than 40 species of birds and mammals, and countless species of insects and fungi? Learn more from wildlife ecologist Deb Perkins.

Winter is almost here, and now is a great time to find ways to improve your home's energy efficiency. Let NRCM help! Our brochure, "Bright Ideas: Tips for Home Energy Savings," is full of tips and ideas to help you save energy and save money on your home heating costs. Download or request your copy today!

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.

Hal Winters Red fox in South China

My Maine This Week: Hal Winters

Pattee Pond in Winslow. Photo by Linda Woods

My Maine This Week: Linda Woods

Mousam River Estuarine Trail in Kennebunkport

My Maine This Week: Laura Pope

Tom turkey

My Maine This Week: Maine Wildlife by Jayne Winters

Fort Foster, Kittery

My Maine This Week: Betty Olivolo

Saw-whet Owl in Portland by Kristin Jackson

My Maine This Week: Kristin Jackson

raccoon in Dyer Long Pond Jefferson

My Maine This Week Slideshow: Images by Callie Wronker

Dead River below Flagstaff Lake Dam

My Maine This Week: Barbara Heap

Bristol Preserve Kate Coupland

My Maine This Week: Kate Coupland

Green Tip of the Day

Christmas lights

Unplug for the Day

If you choose to decorate with lights, remember to unplug them during the day. Better yet, use a timer so they’ll turn off automatically. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.    

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Creature Feature

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee by Kim Mitchell/USFWS

Creature Feature: Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Bombus affinis Cool Fact: Bumble bee queens hatch in the fall and spend the winter a few inches below the snow. In the shortening days of late August and September, the bumble bees are ever-present in the garden. Deliberate in their flight, they hover and land on the oregano, arugula, butterflyweed, Read More

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