On Tuesday November 8th, Maine voters delivered another bipartisan, pro-environment majority to the State House. What do those election results mean for our collective work to protect the nature of Maine? NRCM’s Interim CEO and Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim joins the podcast to provide our initial analysis of what the results of this year’s state and federal election means for Maine’s environment.
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Zoom in with John Waldman: Restoring Atlantic Rivers & Their Great Fish Migrations
Please join NRCM in welcoming John Waldman — scientist, author, and educator — to Zoom in with us on Thursday, December 15 at noon to discuss how we can restore Maine's rivers and the great fish migrations to which they were once home. John is an aquatic conservation biologist who's authored more than 90 scientific articles and several popular books, including Running Silver: Restoring Atlantic Rivers and Their Great Fish Migrations.
Now is a great time to get involved in our work to protect Maine's climate, land, clean water, and wildlife. If you aren't already on our email list, we encourage you to sign up today so that we can alert you when your voice is needed most during the upcoming legislative session. Also, you can sign petitions, register for upcoming events, write letters to your elected officials or local newspapers, and more. See all the ways you can be involved in protecting the nature of Maine.
We're baaaaaaaaaaaaack! NRCM's 15th annual Polar Bear Dip & Dash is back in person in 2022. Join us at our new location, Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, on Saturday, December 31st for a 5K dash and noontime dip into the icy cold Atlantic Ocean to raise money in support of NRCM's work to mitigate climate change.
If you can't make it on the 31st, you can still participate virtually with a dip and/or dash at a location of your choice between December 24 and January 1 (be sure to share your photos & videos with us!).
Sign up today. Registration to dip, dash, or both is $65. You can do the dip solo or create a team. See you at the beach on December 31st!
8 Green Tips for New Parents
To help the tiniest Mainers be environmentally friendly from the start, NRCM Forests & Wildlife Director Melanie Sturm shares some recommendations for reducing waste and consuming less during pregnancy and through the first two years of parenthood. Share your tips with us in the blog comment section.
Fall in to Winter Photo Contest
Fall in Maine…there’s nothing like it! The same is true for winter. We are again celebrating two of Maine’s spectacular seasons with our second annual Fall in to Winter photo contest. This year, we’ve added new categories. We want to see your LANDSCAPE fall and winter photos, but we also want to see photos of PEOPLE outside enjoying fall and winter activities like hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, sledding, and more. Deadline to enter: Feb. 15, 2023
Find hiking trails, beaches, paddles, bike paths, & more with our interactive Explore Maine Map. New LMF sites and accessible trails have been added!
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Learn about our Maine Sporting Camp & Outdoor Recreation Discount Program.
Get one of our NRCM logo beanies before they're gone! Also purchase NRCM made-in-the-USA caps, t-shirts featuring beautiful artwork by Maine artist Jon Luoma, mugs, totes, & more, all in support of our work to protect the nature of Maine.
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Do you know how long a spotted salamander can live? Do you know what they can do that no other creature with a backbone can do? Find out the answers to these questions and more in our new Creature Feature written by Greg LeClair, founder of Maine Big Night and a 2022 Brookie Award winner.
A feature to help you help the planet.
Green Tip of the Month:
Clean Your House with Plants House plants remove toxins from the air. English ivy absorbs formaldehyde, a common pollutant in synthetic carpet dyes and wood floor resins. The fan-like plumes of the lady palm absorb ammonia, which can irritate the respiratory system and is found in cleaners and dyes. Set a fast-growing golden pothos plant near the entryway to reduce chemicals found in car exhaust that can sneak inside your house. For more toxic-free living tips, download or request a copy of our Clean and Healthy Housekeeping brochure.
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 and 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.
Banner photo: Katahdin from Foss Knowlton Pond, by NRCM member Steve Cartwright