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It’s Winter in Maine! Why do I see Robins and Bluebirds?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

My phone has been off the hook lately and most calls go like this: “There are robins (or bluebirds) in my yard! Did they forget to migrate? How will they survive? What can I do to save them?!?” Quick Answer: Don’t worry, they are fine. American Robins are not a sign of spring in Maine …

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Action Alert! Protect our Public Lands & Prevent Mining Pollution

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Maine Audubon Action Alert Please join us at the State House on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.  It is a very big day and we really need your help.  The Environment and Natural Resources Committee will hold a public hearing on the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s bad mining rules. In addition, the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, together …

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Why Taxing Nonprofits is a Bad Idea

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

The Background Like many other nonprofits, Maine Audubon does not pay property taxes to municipalities for the conservation lands it owns. Governor LePage wants to change that. His proposal to allow municipalities to impose property taxes on real estate owned by nonprofits is bad for conservation, education, health care and practically every other service that …

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Action Alert! Speak Out Against the Governor’s Proposal to Tax Nonprofits

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Maine Audubon Action Alert Please speak out against the Governor’s proposal to tax nonprofit organizations. The Appropriations and Financials Affairs Committee, together with the Taxation Committee, is holding a public hearing on the proposal require nonprofits to pay property tax. When: Thursday, February 19, 1:00 pm Where: Room 228 of the State House, Augusta Why we …

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Love Birds

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, it seems fitting to discuss love this week. Here are a few fun facts about some of Maine’s lovebirds: “Birds Mate for Life” Let’s start by debunking a big misconception: “Birds mate for life.” The simple answer is no, they do not. Polygamy, in the forms of …

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MEDIA RELEASE: Maine Audubon to Release New Children’s Book at Winter Carnival February 14

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release February 3, 2015 Contact: Michelle Smith, Communications & Marketing Manager msmith@maineaudubon.org (207) 781-2330 x209 Mobile: (207) 838-0511  Maine Audubon to Release New Children’s Book at Winter Carnival February 14 ‘A Snowy Owl Story’ is published in partnership with Islandport Press (Yarmouth) Falmouth – Maine Audubon invites members and the general public …

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National Audubon’s New Website

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

As we’ve gone through the first classes of our Birding Basics series this year, I’ve enjoyed looking for and sharing resources that I think will be helpful for new or beginner birders. One of these resources was just released – a new website from National Audubon and here are some of the things you can’t …

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Winter Wildlife Tracks

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Even when it seems like there is not much wildlife to see in the winter, there are often signs left behind of many of the animals that are active during the cold months. These signs, typically tracks, are usually more obvious in fresh snow so there should be some good opportunities this week to look …

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A Preview of the 2015 Maine Legislative Session

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Maine’s legislative session has begun and it’s game time for Maine wildlife. What happens in Augusta is even more important as we work to protect Maine’s wildlife against climate change impacts. There are numerous opportunities to work together to make improvements to existing protections for wildlife and habitat and to issue bonds to make critical …

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Red-bellied Woodpeckers on the Rise in Maine

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

I love getting calls from people when they have rare birds in their yard. There is nothing more exciting than spotting something unusual or seeing something for the first time. The Red-bellied Woodpecker is one species we have received a lot of calls about this winter – but they are not as rare as some …

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