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If you have a wooded area on your property, resist the temptation to cut down standing dead trees. They provide valuable habitat for birds, insects, and rodents and other small mammals. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
“The air is crowded with birds — beautiful, tender, intelligent birds — to whom life is a song.” — George Henry Lewes I woke this morning to the musical magic of birdsong—is there anything better? Despite the chilly weather, and the freezing rain earlier this week, songbirds are singing, and IT IS SPRING. In an Read More
Put fallen tree limbs in a pile to provide a place where birds can hide from predators (including neighborhood cats) and find shelter during storms. Keep your brush pile in a corner of the yard but within view so you can watch and enjoy the wildlife using this bit of habitat you’ve created. To view Read More
by Stephen Mulkey for the Natural Resources Council of Maine “An essential paradox of wilderness conservation is that we seek to preserve what must change.” Steward Pickett and P.S. White 1985 “We must focus our attention on the rates at which changes occur, understanding that certain changes are natural, desirable, and acceptable, while others are not.” Read More
In the town of St. George, Maine, students have been working alongside their town’s Conservation Commission on a project to re-introduce alewives into their town marsh. The process requires collecting streamflow and water quality data as well as projects capturing oral narratives of community members who are invested in species restoration. Thus these students are Read More
By Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press Washington Post news story An endangered species of sturgeon has rediscovered habitat that could be a key to improving the fish’s reproduction, University of Maine scientists say. The shortnose sturgeon, listed as endangered for nearly 50 years, has returned to the portion of the Penobscot River that is beyond Read More
By Wayne Hooper Seacoastonline.com news story Maine has a plan for conserving its most rare and vulnerable fish and wildlife species. Maine’s Wildlife Action Plan, created in 2005, focuses on voluntary measures that can assist many of the state’s most vulnerable species. It highlights natural area conservation efforts, and sets the course for the future Read More
Nearly 100 of the endangered shorebirds survive and fly, possibly because of stepped-up monitoring and tighter protections on beaches. By Kevin Miller, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story Nearly 100 endangered piping plover chicks hatched and took flight on Maine beaches in 2014, more than any other year during the past decade, despite threats Read More