As the campaign to create the Allagash Wilderness Waterway heated up more than 50 years ago, Lew Dietz wrote: “A river that can serve, not the demands of man’s materials needs, but as a sanctuary of the human spirit, is a large river indeed.” Sentiments like this ring true today as our planet is increasingly 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.
Perhaps you have an issue you’d like to write about. Maybe you’re an expert on a particular topic and are inspired to share your expertise. Maybe you’ve recently made a visit to a spectacular Maine nature preserve or other natural area and would like to write about it (captioned photos welcome!). For submission guidelines, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To make sure you don’t miss a post, sing up for our Nature of Maine blog RSS feed at https://www.nrcm.org/about-nrcm/contact/rss-feeds/.
Last year we introduced you to eBird, iNaturalist, Discover Katahdin, and six other nature-based apps. Read about them at www.nrcm.org/blog/apps-explore-maine. We hope you enjoy this year’s picks! —Levi Hahn, NRCM Social Media & Creative Services Manager Penobscot Mountain by Pete Didisheim 1. Acadia National Park by Chimani Maine-based Chimani designed this premier app for one Read More
Earlier this month, the Natural Resources Council of Maine and our partners hosted a webinar with Mainers who are working with the Maine Climate Council (MCC) to create a new statewide Climate Action Plan. We have been calling on the MCC’s Working Groups to propose — and members to adopt — a strong and effective Read More
The protests we are seeing in Maine and across the country led by the black community are a justifiable reaction to the injustices they face in America. As our CEO Lisa Pohlmann wrote last week, we must actively seek not just to be against racism but to be anti-racist. We must identify actions that will Read More
The Western foothills and mountains of Maine, similar to much of rural Maine, is a quiet place. We who live here value the calm, privacy, and refuge that the dense forest provides from the violence and the pain that we see on the news. But the tall pines, the rivers, and the mountains are only Read More
Like many of you, I have been shaken to my core watching the video of George Floyd’s horrific death at the hands of a white police officer. Floyd’s murder is one of several racist and hateful attacks we have collectively witnessed over the past few months, from the wrongful death of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky Read More
I’m a welder and fabricator by trade. I don’t have a political science degree, but I do listen to the scientists and trust what they are saying about our environment. As a native Mainer, I value being able to live nearby some of the most beautiful places in the world. And, naturally, I want to Read More
Have you looked out at your bird feeder lately and seen birds you hadn’t seen the previous day—perhaps not since the previous year? With most of us staying home these days and exploring nature around our yards, many people are seeing Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and Indigo Buntings that suddenly appear at their bird feeders Read More
As we try to adjust to social distancing, I wondered about what warrants quarantining at wildlife rehab centers. Indoor and outdoor caging is required to separate incoming injured, and perhaps sick, wild animals from people as well as other wild or domestic animals on site. It is imperative that personal safety and confinement protocols be Read More