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Mainers Urge Collaborative Solution for Future of Kennebec and Salmon

May 21, 2024 (Waterville/Augusta, ME) — Thousands of Mainers who care about the fate of Maine’s Kennebec River are urging federal officials to consider survival of sea-run fish, including critically endangered Atlantic salmon, as licensing actions for the river’s lowermost four dams are underway.   More than 2,000 people have signed a petition calling for a Read More

Maine Trails Bond Approved by Legislature

Proposal to invest $30 million on trails headed to November ballot April 16, 2024 (Augusta, ME) – The Maine Legislature today approved the Maine Trails Bond that would provide $30 million over four years to invest in the design, development, and maintenance of trails statewide. In a strong show of bipartisan support, the House voted 133-6, Read More

Restored Protections for Endangered Species Will Benefit Maine Wildlife

Maine Audubon | Natural Resources Council of Maine  March 29, 2024 (Augusta, ME) – As Maine’s iconic wildlife faces increasing threats from climate change, development, and pollution, restored protections for endangered species proposed by the federal government promise to help.  Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Read More

Birding with Jeff & Allison: Drawn to the Marshes by a Force Unknown

A Paddling Adventure on the Sandy for Salmon

Critter Chatter — It Takes a Village

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My Maine This Week: Cornville by Sam Horine

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My Maine This Week: Narrow Gauge Trail by Pattie Tanno

Onawa Lake from Borestone

My Maine This Week: Borestone Hike by Linda Woods


We could have called this Creature Feature "Groundhog," because, yes, woodchuck and groundhog are names for the same critter. It’s the largest member of the squirrel family, specifically ground squirrels, known as marmots. Be sure to check out the "cool fact" about other fun names for this animal in our newest Creature Feature.

Banner photo: Katahdin, by NRCM member David Preston of China Village, Maine