Last month I re-introduced readers to Donald and Carleen Cote, who established the Duck Pond Wildlife Rehab Care Center in the mid 1960s. What did that involve? To rehabilitate wildlife, you must hold a valid State of Maine Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Permit. In addition to completing a Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (DIF&W) application, you Read More
Nature of Maine Blog
The Natural Resources Council of Maine’s “Nature of Maine” blog gives you the inside scoop on some of the latest issues facing Maine’s environment. From environmental news to threats to opportunities, NRCM is on the frontlines of the latest goings-on—and we’re often leading the charge on efforts to protect Maine’s precious lands, air, waters, and wildlife. Read what NRCM staff members have to say and get the perspective of some of our members and supporters who have been guest contributors.
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I never get enough of being on the water, especially on Maine’s wonderful inland rivers and lakes. Each year, I make a point of paddling a few new water bodies. Last spring, I canoed a section of the Sandy River when the waters were still running high. On a warm day in early October, I Read More
Ten towns representing almost 95,000 Mainers have already adopted the Recycling Reform Municipal Resolution. An additional 1,500 Mainers have signed NRCM’s petition. Recycling Reform will secure the future of Maine’s recycling programs. Recycling Reform for Maine is a type of law that is used all over the world to better manage recyclables. With the recent global shake-up in recycling markets, Maine’s Read More
Did you know there is an activity that you can do with 79,000 other people, all with the same common goal? Pro sports game? Going for a world record? No, it’s participating in a Christmas Bird Count! There were more than 2,600 individual Christmas Bird Counts conducted last year, 1,974 from the United States, 460 Read More
Right now, 12 states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic are developing a regional Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) that could help create more affordable and healthier transportation options for Mainers and lead to less pollution from cars and trucks. Today the states released a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and results of economic modeling on Read More
December 2019, Part I In light of Donald Cote’s recent recognition by the Natural Resources Council of Maine [Town Line, November 21, 2019] for his decades of wildlife rehab work, the Critter Chatter column is being brought back to readers! As the new writer for this venture, I thought a good place to start would Read More
There are few classrooms that are as enthusiastic and as engaged as the Middle School students I have seen who are working together on their own environmental grant projects. The students who work on these projects are focused on a specific issue of importance to their school and within their community and are able to Read More
Birds nonchalantly drop clues into the mysteries of their lives as they go about their business of flitting in the treetops, skulking in the underbrush, diving for fish and other water critters to eat, gorging at our bird feeders, migrating, breeding, feeding young, and so forth. The revelations they provide can give us reason to Read More
This fall, we spent an enjoyable afternoon on top of Mt. Agamenticus in York, leading a hawk-watching adventure for members of the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM). If you’ve visited “Mt. A,” as this place is often affectionately known, you know it’s a fascinating place. The mountaintop hosts a town-owned-and-operated nature center that was Read More