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Restored Protections for Endangered Species Will Benefit Maine Wildlife

Maine Audubon | Natural Resources Council of Maine  News release 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 Read More

Board of Environmental Protection Strikes Down Life-saving Cleaner Cars Rule

Maine will not join 13 other states in adopting pollution reduction program; state at risk of not meeting climate goals News Release Augusta – Today, after more than a year of rulemaking and public engagement, Maine’s Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) voted not to adopt the Advanced Clean Cars II (ACCII) rule, leaving billions in Read More

Final Wind Energy Area for Gulf of Maine Protects Key Fishing Ground and Minimizes Wildlife Impacts

BOEM Announcement Sets the Stage for What Could be Nation’s First Floating Offshore Wind Farms News Release March 15, 2024 (Augusta, ME) — The federal government today announced the final Wind Energy Area where development of offshore wind may occur in the Gulf of Maine.    The area designated by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Read More

We did it! Together, we stopped Wolfden Resources’ proposal for a polluting mine in the Katahdin region.

This win helps to protect the future of our clean water, habitat for brook trout and Atlantic salmon, supports the outdoor recreation economy, and helps us build the future we want for Maine.

We are honored to stand alongside the Penobscot Nation, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, Conservation Law Foundation, Maine Audubon, Earthjustice, local businesses and conservation groups, and more than a thousand Mainers who took action. This victory belongs to us all, thank you!

Birding with Jeff & Allison: Robins in Every Yard

New Report: Benefits of Maine's Solar Growth Outweigh Costs

Critter Chatter — A Springtime Reminder

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My Maine This Week: Giant Stairs Trail by Anne Rankin

Bohemian Waxwings eating berries in tree

My Maine This Week: Bohemian Waxwings by David Silva

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My Maine This Week: Lakes by Ted Anderson

Black-capped Chickadee

The chickadee was chosen as the Maine State Bird in 1927. It pairs well with the Maine State Tree, the white pine, on which it may often be found. (The Black-capped Chickadee is also the state bird of Massachusetts and the provincial bird of New Brunswick.)  Learn more, including a really interesting "Cool Fact" about the Black-capped Chickadee in this new Creature Feature.

Banner photo: Katahdin reflected in Lower Togue Pond, by Sarah Mayberry Rines