In the Year of the Bird, as the Natural Resources Council of Maine joins other groups in celebrating 100 years since the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, it is exciting to know that some of the biggest players in bird conservation today are not necessarily ones many bird enthusiasts know or recognize. A… Continue Reading
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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Lincolnville Central School seventh grade students have been studying our local watershed all year. We aimed to answer three questions: What is a watershed? How is a watershed important to our community? What animals do we think live in this area? We went outside and recorded our observations during art class and used them to… Continue Reading
Summer is near, and my field season is going full tilt! I’ve finished up a habitat design for a residential property in Cumberland and I’m working on another exciting design in Brunswick. I’ve been giving property all over, and have several more lined up. I’m helping a landowner in Monson build a pollinator paradise, and have… Continue Reading
Ben and Dianna Emory both released books this spring. Ben, who has a long history of conservation work in Maine, and Dianna, a retired licensed clinical counselor, are long-time supporters of the efforts of the Natural Resources Council of Maine and other groups. Here, they share with us their perspectives on their writing and careers, and… Continue Reading
On June 11, four students attended the Conservation Commission meeting at the Old Orchard Beach Town Hall to present the results of our Trail Map Project. Seventh grader Maya Judice and sixth graders Kailee Morin, Maddy Shaw, and Casey Zecchinelli discussed their learning about biodiversity, tree identification, vernal pools, and invasive species, as well as… Continue Reading
Some animal migrations are large and obvious. I’ve seen many films of giant wildebeest herds moving across the plains in Africa numbering in the hundreds of thousands. I’ve been to South Dakota to hunt the spring migration of snow geese on their way to arctic breeding areas. I stayed in the small city of Aberdeen,… Continue Reading
In June, we were fortunate to be visited by members of the NRCM staff including Beth Comeau, Lisa Pohlmann, and Lily Bailey, the intern who was assigned to work with and support the Hall-Dale Middle School Environmental Club. The NRCM staff members were very enthusiastic as they asked the students to reflect on our food… Continue Reading
Lincolnville Central School (LCS) is a K-8 school in Midcoast Maine. Surrounded by forest, with Norton Pond a short walk away, it is an ideal location for studying local ecology. Students in grades 4 through 8 began their year learning about the Megunticook Watershed and worked with local artist Randy Fein to create a ceramic… Continue Reading
Environmental Club members have continued to work toward consistent cafeteria composting at Hall-Dale Middle School, but not without encountering challenges along the way. Our original farmer had a very busy schedule—between taking care of his animals and picking up food waste from others around town, he could not always get to us in a timely… Continue Reading