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Thank you People’s United Community Foundation!

Monday, February 27th, 2017

This morning, People’s United Community Foundation delivered a grant check of $2,500 to support Maine Audubon’s “Bringing Nature Home” Portland Youth Stewardship Initiative. This money will allow us to engage urban youth in the restoration of native plants and wildlife habitat in city parks and schoolyards through afterschool and summer work projects, conducted in collaboration …

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Marmota monax Madness!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Despite all the snow on the ground, the first groundhogs (aka woodchucks, whistle pigs, Marmota monax) will be emerging from their burrows soon. Groundhogs are one of the few “true” hibernating species that we have in Maine. They slow their metabolic rate and drop their body temperatures to wait out winter in the safety and warmth …

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App Review: Song Sleuth

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Since the first time birders used Shazam to learn what song was playing on the radio, they’ve been waiting for an app that can identify what birds they are hearing. There have been attempts at the technology and we’ve been teased with releases. Princeton, for example, has been dangling the “BirdGenie” app in front of …

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Nature Notes 2017: 04

Friday, February 10th, 2017

“Nature Notes” will be a near-weekly blog post to keep you updated on some things going on with Maine’s wildlife. This will include incidental observations (many of which are shared on our Instagram page), recent unusual bird sightings, and notes on our bird walks or other field trips. Observations: Further evidence that this winter has been especially …

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Nature Notes 2017: 03 (Arizona Edition)

Monday, February 6th, 2017

“Nature Notes” will be a near-weekly blog post to keep you updated on some things going on with Maine’s wildlife. This will include incidental observations (many of which are shared on our Instagram page), recent unusual bird sightings, and notes on our bird walks or other field trips. In case you missed it, past Nature Notes can …

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February Vacation Camps 2017

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Gilsland Farm Audubon Center (Falmouth) Vacation Camp for Kids in Grades K-5  February 21-24, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Members: $220/weekNon-members: $280/week A new theme will be introduced each day through cooperative games, scientific examination, and creative arts exploration. We’ll investigate winter food chains, the sounds of winter, and more! Friday’s session includes a Live Wildlife Show! …

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Action Alert: Urge Sen. Susan Collins to Come Out Against Pruitt

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

This morning, Republicans in the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee suspended the rules in order to bypass a boycott by Democrats on the confirmation of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. The full Senate is expected to vote next week on whether Pruitt will become the next EPA Administrator. We need Senator Susan Collins …

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An Action-packed Winter for Maine Audubon

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Happy February, friends. This is my first blog post as Acting Executive Director at Maine Audubon, but my relationship with this organization — and with its mission in particular — goes back a long way. Growing up in Aroostook County, the natural landscape was more than the backdrop for all the exploring I did as …

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Action Alert: Take Action to Ban Polystyrene (Styrofoam) Food Containers

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Maine’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee is holding a public hearing on LD 103, An Act to Prohibit the Use of Certain Disposable Food Service Containers, on Monday, February 6 at 1:00 p.m. in room 216 of the Cross Office Building in Augusta. Please attend and show your support for eliminating polystyrene (Styrofoam) food containers. …

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East Point Sanctuary: Where the Sidewalk Ends

Friday, January 20th, 2017

On the outer edge of Biddeford Pool, tucked just beyond beautiful private residences and the spectacular Abenakee Club golf course, sits Maine Audubon’s best-kept secret: the East Point Audubon Sanctuary. At only 30 acres, it is Maine Audubon’s smallest sanctuary. But what it lacks in area it more than makes up for in beauty. A …

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