Protecting Maine's Environment

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Reunite the Kennebec!

We have an opportunity to save Atlantic salmon from extinction and restore other sea-run fish that are vital to the health of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and commercial fisheries.

This moment is our best chance to shape the future of the Kennebec. Four dams on the upper Kennebec River are currently undergoing a critical relicensing and license amendment process. We should seize this opportunity to provide future generations with a vibrant river that will support thriving fisheries, create new recreational opportunities, and promote economic development in riverfront communities.

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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: A Great New Place to Bird

Why EV Batteries are Good for the Grid, Not Just Your Wallet

Critter Chatter — New Neighbors!

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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harbor seal laying on its back in the water

My Maine This Week: Happy Harbor Seal by David Small

Mount Katahdin seen from South Turner Mountain

My Maine This Week: Katahdin by David Preston

pink night sky from aurora borealis

My Maine This Week: Aurora Borealis by David Preston

Woodchuck

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 reflected in Lower Togue Pond, by Sarah Mayberry Rines