You can’t miss all the lovely lupines in bloom right now. They are the poster child for the quintessential Maine summer — universally loved and cherished. And who could forget Miss Rumphius (The Lupine Lady)? The prolific lupines of Maine’s countryside are actually native to the West Coast and have only been here since the 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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Municipalities and taxpayers in the United States have been footing the bill for recycling programs for too long. It is a funding model that is rooted in a time when our wastes were much simpler. The problem today is that our waste stream is more complex than it has ever been. It is filled with Read More
It was a bittersweet day on May 6th when we released our brook trout into the Pleasant River. The brook trout that we had cared for and raised for the past four months were ready for life on their own. First, the tank was at the expected temperature of 11 and the trout were at Read More
Windham Middle School is buzzing with excitement as students start working on an on-campus bee sanctuary. A few weeks ago, we had a landscaping expert from the Roosevelt Trail Garden Center come in to share how landscapers plan pollinator gardens. Hannah, our expert, shared the needs of native and invasive bee species, the benefits of Read More
After patiently waiting for “leaf out” this spring, Mrs. Ripa took her Block 2 science class outside to the Messalonskee Trails. Students used the ID cards they had created in the fall to find a reference specimen to document with our new camera, looking for distinguishing characteristics that we had learned about from our district Read More
Since our last update, a huge milestone was met; our digital salinity probe was put in the marsh! It now is busy collecting temperature and salinity data. From this, we got to look at the first several weeks of data in comparison to the spring tides of May. We are wondering if the salinity that Read More
Guest blog post and video by Antonio Juárez Navarro Nowadays, when someone starts thinking about what they fear in the world, they may think of inequality, drinkable water, poverty, or global warming. There’s one thing above all that may not come to our minds everyday. Forests. Forests are one of the Earth’s greatest natural resources. Read More
Some days are better than others. That’s true when it comes to birding (though there’s no such thing as a bad day of birding), and it’s definitely true when it comes to warbler watching. Any opportunity to avoid the dreaded “warbler neck” (the cramping that comes from staring up at these tiny birds as they Read More
A couple of weeks ago, our science teacher, Ms. Pitt, and our class decided to check on the trout. Although at first glance everything seemed normal, when we checked the chiller it read 20 degrees Celsius. This was a problem that our class did not anticipate, especially since the trout had been familiar with approximately Read More