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Deputy Director

Posted on: Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Location: Falmouth, ME
Department: Executive
Immediate Supervisor: Executive Director

Description
Maine Audubon is a widely respected conservation organization located in Falmouth, Maine. Our mission is to conserve Maine’s wildlife and habitat through conservation, education and citizen action. We are seeking a Deputy Director to oversee the operations of the organization. The person in this position will be responsible for human resources, retail operations, development of key operations policies and procedures, and aspects of financial management. The Deputy Director will be focused on the internal management of the organization and its field offices. The Deputy Director will report to the Executive Director, providing support and guidance for decision making and the implementation of the strategic plan. The Deputy Director will serve as the Acting Executive Director at the request the Executive Director.

Essential and Specific Functions

Human Resources

  • Develop and implement employee performance evaluations
  • Evaluate, establish policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Coordinate hiring, performance evaluations and terminations
  • Coordinate compliance with local, state and national labor laws
  • Manage annual contracts for benefits, including plan selection and enrollment
  • Coordinating hiring, new hire orientations, and terminations as well as maintaining employee files

Finance

  • Provide oversight and review of program performance and financial reporting requirements
  • Partner with the Director of Finance and Program Directors to ensure program reporting is accurate and timely in meeting contractual requirements
  • Evaluate current policies and procedures, identify gaps and craft appropriate policies
  • Oversee the organization’s financial systems
  • Ensure adequate accounting controls over financial processes
  • Evaluate and manage relationships with financial institutions
  • Ensure timely filing of all government reporting
  • Identify appropriate industry standards for accreditation (such as Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices) and prepare organization for compliance
  • Manage any third parties to which functions are outsourced
  • Oversee the reporting and compliance of the organizations lobbying activities

Risk Management

  • Understand and mitigate key elements of the organization’s risk profile
  • Ensure the organization complies with all legal and regulatory requirements
  • Determine the types and appropriate levels/amounts of insurance and acquire policies to protect the organizations assets
  • Ensure all actions of management and the board comply with the bylaws and certificate of incorporation
  • Establish tracking and reporting systems for project-specific grants and funding to ensure compliance with all contractual requirements.

Management of Retail Operations

  • Work with marketing department and senior staff on developing a retail plan for the retail stores at our four locations in line with the aspiration of the strategic plan
  • Manage store employees
  • Coordinate seasonal orders of products and negotiate with vendors

Facilities

  • Oversee the rentals of caretaker homes at three sanctuaries
  • Oversee compliance with federal, state and local regulations at facilities and sanctuaries
  • Work with the Director of Facilities to complete a facilities database, track maintenance issues and plan for capital expenditures
  • Ensure adequate record keeping for lands, easements and facilities

Qualifications 

  • Experience with managing institutional growth and change
  • Good sense of humor and ability to create a positive work environment
  • Experience in the financial aspects business and/or nonprofit operation
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Experience with conservation, educational programming and grants management
  • Excellent team-building skills and an ability to maintain top notch working relationships with employees, suppliers and customers.
  • Experience is supervising and managing staff
  • Detailed knowledge of Human Resources procedures including hiring and termination practices, compensation, employee relations, and training.
  • BS / BA degree, advanced degree a plus.
  • Ability to think and plan strategically.
  • Willingness to work independently and efficiently in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License.

Physical Requirements

  • Able to work evenings, weekends, and travel.
  • Able to often lift objects up to 50 pounds when setting up program space.
  • Able to operate computer and other program equipment.
  • Able to sit at a desk for extended periods of time.

To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to Deputy Director Search, Maine Audubon, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, ME 04105 or email to [email protected] with “Deputy Director” in the subject line.

Application deadline is June 13, 2016. Maine Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

MEDIA RELEASE: Citizen Scientists Needed to Help Watch for Wildlife on the Road

Posted on: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

May 24, 2016

Contact: Leslie Taylor, Media Manager
[email protected]
207-781-2330 x276
mobile: 347-225-1510

Wood turtle. Photo by Tom Hodgman

FALMOUTH – Maine Audubon is looking for volunteers to survey roads in Maine for signs of animal road crossings. Now that the weather has warmed up, many animals are likely to be spotted on or near Maine roads as they move to find food and water, breed or disperse to new areas. Information collected by volunteers about where different animals attempt to cross roads and where collisions are frequent can reduce wildlife road-kill and improve safety for drivers.

Roadside observations can be submitted to Maine Audubon’s Wildlife Road Watch, a web-based map and database designed to record citizen scientists’ observations of road-side and road-killed wildlife. Volunteers should visit maineaudubon.org/wildlife-road-watch to register and start submitting observations.

Information that volunteers contribute to Wildlife Road Watch is used by biologists with Maine Audubon, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and the Maine Department of Transportation to help inform policy, management and financial investment decisions that will reduce habitat fragmentation and road risks to wildlife and people.

As habitats change due to a changing climate, wildlife movement becomes an important adaptation strategy and even more crucial to species survival.  Plus, roads can have a big impact on endangered species by impeding movement and separating populations, as well as killing individuals from collisions. Unless changes are made, Maine Audubon biologists report that Blanding’s turtles and spotted turtles are at risk of becoming extinct in Maine due to road mortality.

“The observations contributed by Wildlife Road Watch volunteers provide a critical first step in identifying ways to reduce road-kill and increase safety for people and wildlife,” said Barbara Charry, Conservation Biologist/GIS Manager for Maine Audubon.

Since the inception of the Wildlife Road Watch program in 2010, over 460 volunteers have reported over 4,800 wildlife observations of 130 different wildlife species, including reports of rare and endangered species. To view an interactive map and report of the results of four years of citizen scientist observations visit maineaudubon.or/wildlife-road-watch.

To learn more about Wildlife Road Watch, contact Barbara Charry at Maine Audubon at (207) 781-2330 x225 or [email protected]

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About Maine Audubon

Maine Audubon’s science-based approach to conservation, education and advocacy advances wildlife and wildlife habitat conservation in Maine. Our citizen science programs connect Maine people to engaging volunteer opportunities that make meaningful contributions to conservation research. The largest Maine-based wildlife conservation organization, Maine Audubon has eight centers and wildlife sanctuaries and serves over 50,000 people annually, with 15,000 members and 2,000 volunteers.

Conserving Maine’s wildlife.

Please visit www.maineaudubon.org for more information. Facebook: & Twitter ID: Maine Audubon

MEDIA RELEASE: Maine Audubon names Jeremy Cluchey as Director of Communications & Marketing

Posted on: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

May 18, 2016

Contact: Leslie Taylor, Media Manager
[email protected]
207-781-2330 x276
mobile: 347-225-1510

jeremy-clucheyToday Maine Audubon announced that Jeremy Cluchey will be joining the team as Director of Communications & Marketing. A Maine native, Cluchey brings over a decade of strategic communications and management experience spanning the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Most recently as Director of Creative Design at Bates College, Cluchey oversaw the school’s award-winning digital and print marketing efforts and directed hundreds of communications projects, including a critically acclaimed responsive redesign of the college website. He also spearheaded an overhaul of the student communication system, led the design of the college’s first online platform for sharing admission decisions with applicants, and drove new uses of social media to broaden the school’s reach and influence.

Prior to Bates, Cluchey served as Digital Communications Manager at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, DC. There he tackled a communications challenge familiar to Maine Audubon: helping a respected, evidence-based organization get its messages heard in a changing communications landscape. To this end, Cluchey established the agency’s presence on social media, instituted the collection and use of analytics and usability testing, and launched a podcast and live video chat series, producing over 140 episodes.

Executive Director Ole Amundsen welcomed Cluchey to Maine Audubon. “I am thrilled that Jeremy will be joining us in this critical role, at this important moment,” he said. “Jeremy’s mix of experience with marketing, strategy, policy, and management will be a great fit for Maine Audubon, and just what we need to take our communications to the next level.”

“I could not be happier about joining this team,” Cluchey said. “Building on the strong Maine Audubon brand and supporting the organization’s advocacy, conservation, and education efforts with strategic communications is a special opportunity. I can’t wait to get started.” Cluchey serves on the Community Advisory Board of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN) and is active in his community of Bowdoinham, where he enjoys exploring the woods and rivers with his wife and two children. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University.

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About Maine Audubon

Maine Audubon’s science-based approach to conservation, education and advocacy advances wildlife and wildlife habitat conservation in Maine. Our citizen science programs connect Maine people to engaging volunteer opportunities that make meaningful contributions to conservation research. The largest Maine-based wildlife conservation organization, Maine Audubon has eight centers and wildlife sanctuaries and serves over 50,000 people annually, with 15,000 members and 2,000 volunteers.

Conserving Maine’s wildlife.

Please visit www.maineaudubon.org for more information.

Early Childhood Education Program Manager – Gilsland Farm

Posted on: Monday, May 16th, 2016

Department: Education
Immediate Supervisor: Education Director
Location: Falmouth, ME

Maine Audubon, the state’s largest wildlife conservation organization, seeks a full-time Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program Manager to be based at the Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth, Maine. Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, the headquarters of Maine Audubon, includes an education center and retail store surrounded by a 65-acre wildlife sanctuary with forest, meadows, pond and marshlands. Over 200 hundred programs throughout the year reach over 10,000 people of all ages.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Overview: The ECE Program Manager is a key instructional and leadership staff member in the Education Department for broad programming and diverse student populations. This position is responsible for managing and delivering all Gilsland Farm-based early/primary and family education programs, family events, and for assisting with varied other programs and projects. The position is also responsible for managing statewide projects and grants associated with expanding our ECE program and leadership footprint in Maine. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Design and teach developmentally appropriate preschool, Pre-K, and family programs year-round (includes curriculum planning, set up, breakdown, etc. for seasonal outreach programs, events and open enrollment programs).
  • Manage ECE grants and special projects including Wildlife On The Move, teacher professional development and convening ECE stakeholders.
  • Maintain and improve safety standards and procedures, accident reporting, participant screening, etc.
  • Be the visible and responsible program leader for all ECE programs, including marketing, communicating with caregivers, mentoring other staff, training teenager volunteers, etc.
  • Oversee ECE program administration including budgets, records of programs and participants, surveys on program effectiveness, maintaining educational resources, etc.
  • Work in collaboration with Education department to develop, evaluate, and improve programming.
  • Work with other Maine Audubon staff to cultivate partnerships, share best ECE practices and align programming with Maine Audubon goals.
  • Represent ECE in organizational strategic planning and implementation, including the improvement of developmentally-appropriate interpretation mechanisms at Maine Audubon centers.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Experience (minimum of five to ten years preferred) teaching environmental education to ECE students in both field and classroom settings. Experience working in public schools or teaching certification a plus.
  • B.A./B.S. in relevant discipline (environmental studies, ecology, environmental education, etc.); Master’s degree preferred.
  • Passion for wildlife conservation; enthusiasm for working with children; commitment to the mission and work of Maine Audubon.
  • Demonstrated ability to design curriculum, projects and programs that address overarching themes through engaging, concrete learning experiences.
  • Understanding of or experience with developmentally-appropriate, place-based, project-based, and citizen science approaches to environmental education.
  • Strong ecological literacy and openness to learning more.
  • Collaborative attitude. Experience working with volunteers preferred.
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Wilderness First Aid certification (or First Aid/CPR and a commitment to become WFA certified).
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License.

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to often lift objects up to 50 pounds when setting up program space.
  • Able to frequently hike all trails on Gilsland Farm property as part of program.
  • Able to operate computer and other program equipment.
  • Able to sit at a desk for extended periods of time.

This is a year-round, full-time position with benefits.

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to [email protected] with “Early Childhood Education Program Manager –Gilsland Farm” in the subject title. Position is open until filled.

About Maine Audubon: Maine Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization based in Falmouth, Maine, whose mission is to conserve wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people in conservation, education and action.

Maine Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 
Any job offers are contingent on a successful criminal background check.

Conferences and Collaborative Ventures

Posted on: Monday, May 9th, 2016

Maine Audubon Chapter Congress

April marks spring, a time for large migrations of birds and a time of change for plants. But spring is also is a key time for bringing people together for conferences and collaborative ventures.

In early April I spoke at Colby College at a wonderful conference on Community, Culture and Conservation. Over the years, the Environmental Studies Program at Colby has significantly grown and this conference demonstrated real interdisciplinary leadership. There were lots of students attending a wide range of workshops and lectures so the interest level was high.

Twice a year Maine Audubon convenes a meeting of our affiliated chapters, some of which are separate nonprofits with their own programs and interests. The event, that we call a Chapter Congress, reflects the spirit of independence and collective action among all the participants. In listening to the different representatives from groups across the state, I was struck by the issues and challenges we all had in common, including how to remain relevant in the digital age and how to encourage young people to become involved in making a difference.

I rounded out April by presenting at the Maine Land Trust Network Conference —  an inspiring gathering! While there are more Maine land trusts (around 80) than Audubon Chapters, nevertheless, many of the issues were again the same. According the land trust census in Maine completed in 2015, on average, forty percent of board members are age 65 or older, a significant increase from the last census in 2010 when, on average, only 16 percent of boardmembers were 65 or older.

Now, these gatherings took place no more than three weeks apart. One was very optimistic about the involvement of young people while the others raised concerns over how to attract young people. I think this is where a statewide organization like Maine Audubon can help. We can see the gaps in social networks, geographic networks and we can respond to demographic trends, scaling up to state level or working with partners at a local level.

I’m looking forward to working with you on ways we can engage people of all ages in the important work of conservation.

-Ole

Ole Amundsen became Executive Director of Maine Audubon in March 2016. He brings more than 25 years of experience in conservation leadership, with a focus on landscape scale conservation, environmental education and finance. Amundsen most recently served as program manager for the national land trust, The Conservation Fund.

Action Alert: Final action needed to advance solar policy

Posted on: Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Please ask your legislators to vote in support of the veto override on LD 1649

 

Recently, the Legislature voted on the comprehensive solar bill (LD 1649). The good news: the bill passed by strong margins, 91-56 in the House and 35-0 in the Senate.

The bad news: we don’t have enough votes in the House to override the veto and we may lose votes in the Senate.

We will need 2/3 support in both the House and Senate to override Governor LePage’s expected veto. The veto override vote is on April 29This means we need your help!

Please contact your legislators right away and ask them to vote in support of solar!

They need to hear from you NOW so they can help us succeed in the veto override scheduled for April 29.

If your legislators voted in support of LD 1649, please thank them.  If your representative voted against, please urge him/her to reconsider.

To see how your representative voted, here’s the roll call.  To learn more about the bill, go to our website.

Solar jobs are on the line. Maine is already in last place for solar in the region, but the Governor and his allies have pushed hard all session to further roll back solar in Maine. This could bring solar development to a halt and put hundreds of existing solar jobs at risk.

Please ask your legislators to vote in support of the veto override on LD 1649.

Thank you,
JenniferJenn Burns Gray
Maine Audubon Staff Attorney and Advocate
[email protected]
(207) 781-2330 x224

 

 

To sign up for Maine Audubon’s Action Alert e-mails, please click here.

Predicting Hummingbird Arrivals

Posted on: Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Spring is coming and many of our most loved birds will be here any day! Thanks to long running citizen science projects we can pretty accurately predict when certain species are going to arrive. One migrant that a lot of people are already talking about and eagerly awaiting is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Let’s take a look at some resources available to predict their arrival.

 

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Hummingbirds.net
Possibly the best known site for tracking hummingbird migrations is hummingbirds.net. The owner posts little dots on a map based on reports that are submitted. The dots are labelled with a date and color based on the week. You can see the most recent updates at this link but here is a snapshot from 11 April 2016 showing where Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have been reported:

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eBird.org
Compare the map above to this map from eBird.org (also a snapshot from 11 April 2016). You can also see the most recent map from eBird at this link.

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Discussion
It is pretty clear that there are some discrepancies with these two maps, most notably that the hummingbirds.net map shows our Ruby-throated Hummingbird significantly further north than eBird.org.

My problem with hummingbirds.net is the lack of credibility; anyone can submit a sighting with very little review. From their site: “The map is artwork produced by hand; the dots are placed by eyeball after looking up each report in Google Maps. Reports are mapped if they illustrate migration progress, and fit without reducing legibility.” So you have reports that are going unreviewed (seriously, I think anyone could submit a report from Maine and it would be plotted because it seems to fit with the “progress”) and there is a whole issue with observer bias from the site owner plotting the location, rather than the person who actually observed the bird.

This is assuming the reported bird was even a hummingbird. Quick glimpses of kinglets hover-feeding or even large insects can easily be mistaken for hummingbirds. I do think that hummingbirds.net provides an interesting illustration of the first wave of migrants but I always struggle with the lack of credability.

On the other hand, all reports to eBird.org (for Maine) that are submitted before May 1st require review from one of four state-reviewers. Here is a great article on the eBird data review process. There are currently about 15 records for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds before May 1st in Maine, for all years. From eBird, here is a frequency chart showing the timing of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird’s arrival in Maine:

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The first week of May
Though there are a few records in April, it is primarily in the first week of May that we should expect Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to return. So you’ve still got time to get your hummingbird feeder cleaned and hung (or your native plants sown) before these gems return.

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Meet Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon Staff Naturalist A Maine native, Doug grew up in Hollis and graduated from the University of Maine in 2011. Throughout college Doug worked at Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center and was hired as Maine Audubon’s staff naturalist in the summer of 2013, a long time “dream job.” In his free time, Doug volunteers as one of Maine’s eBird reviewers, is the owner and moderator of the ‘Maine-birds’ listserv and serves as York County Audubon board member and Secretary of the Maine Bird Records Committee.

 

Action Alert: Help Ensure Funding for LMF and Stream Crossings

Posted on: Friday, April 15th, 2016

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Please Contact Your Legislators NOW and Urge Them to Support New Bond Funding for Land for Maine’s Future (LD 1248) and Stream Crossings (LD 1069)

 

The Appropriations Committee voted yesterday on bonds. The good news is that a majority of the committee voted in favor of both the Land for Maine’s (LMF) Bond (LD 1248) and the Stream Crossings Bond (LD 1069). Unfortunately, we do not have the two thirds support that we need to pass the bonds.

Please contact your legislators now before it’s too late and urge them to support both the LMF and Stream Crossings Bonds. 

The LMF Bond has been amended to propose $5 million of new bond funding for the state’s land conservation program.

The Stream Crossings Bond has been amended to propose $5 million of new bond funding to help municipalities upgrade their culverts.

These are modest investments that will benefit our environment and our economy. 

For more information about the Stream Crossings bond, click here
 
For more information about the Land for Maine’s Future bond, click here
 
Please contact your legislators NOW and urge them to support LMF and Stream Crossing Bonds.
 
Thank you for your support,

JenniferJenn Burns Gray
Maine Audubon Staff Attorney and Advocate
[email protected]
(207) 781-2330 x224

 

 

To sign up for Maine Audubon’s Action Alert e-mails, please click here.

MEDIA RELEASE: Maine Audubon Seeks Anglers for Brook Trout Survey Project

Posted on: Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

April 12, 2016

Contact: Leslie Taylor, Media Manager
[email protected]
207-781-2330 x276
mobile: 347-225-1510

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Falmouth – Maine Audubon, Trout Unlimited and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) are seeking volunteer anglers to survey remote Maine ponds and coastal streams for brook trout this fishing season. Information gathered by volunteers will be used to identify populations of previously undocumented wild brook trout across the state.

Brook trout require clean, cold water, extensive inter-connected stream networks and a lack of competing species to survive and thrive.Wild brook trout have significantly declined throughout their native range due to development, land use practices, the introduction of competing fish species and angler exploitation.

Although Maine still has the most extensive distribution and abundance of brook trout remaining in the United States, the quality and abundance of some of Maine’s brook trout populations have declined in recent years. In order to protect the last stronghold in the United States of these iconic fish, understanding the extent of the species’ current range is crucial.

“Identifying the remote ponds and coastal streams with wild brook trout will greatly assist MDIFW in planning our conservation and management strategies over the next several decades,” noted Merry Gallagher, MDIFW Fisheries Research Biologist.

Volunteer anglers are needed to survey hundreds of ponds in northern Maine and coastal streams ranging from Kittery to Lubec. Project partners will provide maps, data sheets and instructions on how to survey ponds and streams. Surveys can be completed any time before September 30, 2016. The prime time for coastal stream surveys is mid-April through June, while pond fishing can be productive in both the spring and fall.

“Volunteers should be enthusiastic about fishing for brook trout, be comfortable in remote settings and have a sense of adventure,” said Jeff Reardon of Trout Unlimited.

This year marks the sixth year of the Remote Pond Survey. To date, volunteers have surveyed 380 remote Maine ponds for which no data were previously available, and 166 of those ponds were recommended to MDIFW for further surveys after volunteers caught or observed brook trout in them. Fisheries biologists subsequently confirmed wild brook trout in 57 new ponds. As a result of this volunteer-driven survey effort, Maine has added 21 new ponds to the list of State Heritage Fish Waters, which affords certain protections to help maintain healthy, viable populations of wild brook trout. More are likely to be listed in the future.

The Coastal Stream Survey was initiatedin 2014 to collect baseline data about which coastal streams sustain wild brook trout populations. Wild brook trout that live in coastal streams may migrate between fresh and saltwater, a life history strategy called diadromy. In theory, any coastal stream with access to the ocean where wild brook trout are present has the potential to harbor a population of these sea-run brook trout, or “salters”. To date, volunteers have surveyed 76 coastal streams and confirmed the presence of wild brook trout in over half of those streams.

“The success of this project is entirely dependent on volunteer participation,” noted Emily Bastian, Trout Project Coordinator at Maine Audubon. “This is an exciting opportunity for people who care about conservation and love to fish to make a meaningful contribution to the conservation of wild brook trout, a significant and unique ecological, economic and cultural resource for Maine.”

To sign up to volunteer, please contact Emily Bastian at (207) 781-2330 x207 or [email protected].  For more information about the Brook Trout Survey Project, please visit maineaudubon.org/brooktrout.

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About Maine Audubon

Maine Audubon’s science-based approach to conservation, education and advocacy advances wildlife and wildlife habitat conservation in Maine. Our citizen science programs connect Maine people to engaging volunteer opportunities that make meaningful contributions to conservation research. The largest Maine-based wildlife conservation organization, Maine Audubon has eight centers and wildlife sanctuaries and serves over 50,000 people annually, with 15,000 members and 2,000 volunteers.

Conserving Maine’s wildlife.

Please visit www.maineaudubon.org for more information.

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Solar Rally at the State House

Posted on: Monday, April 11th, 2016

solarformeJoin Maine Audubon and our Solar for ME coalition partners for a big solar rally at the State House next Wednesday, April 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

RSVP for the solar rally!

Maine is already in last place for solar in the region, but Governor LePage and his allies are working hard to further roll back solar in Maine, which would put hundreds of existing solar jobs at risk and bring much-needed solar development to a halt. Come to the State House next week to show support for solar power and LD 1649 — the comprehensive solar energy bill.

The House and the Senate will vote on LD 1649 next week, so we need to act fast. Please rally with us to stop the attack on Maine’s solar industry. There’s a lot on the line, and we need your help more than ever.

You can meet us at 8:30 a.m. at NRCM’s office to pick up a yellow solar t-shirt before the rally. If you already have a solar t-shirt, please wear it! There is a parking garage and lots of parking near NRCM’s office, which is across from the State House. Please consider carpooling to this event.

If you are unable to join us for the solar rally, please urge your legislators to support LD 1649 —we cannot let Governor LePage and his Public Utilities Commission weaken Maine’s already lagging solar industry. Phone calls and personalized emails are most effective. Find your state senator here. Find your state representative here. Or send a quick email to your legislators right now.

Join us at the State House next Wednesday, April 13, to rally for solar power. There’s a lot on the line and we need your help more than ever.

Share this rally with your friends on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/1688228294751832/