Our natural resources are what set Maine apart – they are our biggest competitive advantage. Preserving and protecting them is a value shared by families and businesses across the state. Therefore, any threat to Maine’s natural legacy is a threat to the very heart of our economy and our quality of life.
Lead poisoning is the number one killer of adult common loons in Maine, and accounts for between one-third and one- half of all documented loon mortality. Lead poisoning in loons is caused by the ingestion primarily of lead sinkers and jigs, either lying on the lake bottom or attached to fish they eat. Inexpensive alternatives are readily available.
Open-pit mining in Maine could result in arsenic, lead, and other toxic chemicals contaminating lakes, rivers, streams, and soils as it has done in other states.
Maine is home to 97% of the intact wild brook trout lake and pond habitat in the eastern U.S. Several bills propose to undo new protections for a handful of brook trout waters by allowing the use of live fish as bait.
Maine’s 1995 law blocking alewives (river herring) harms the Passamaquoddy people, Maine’s commercial fishing industry and our fish and wildlife. "The 1995 law has not only hurt the Passamaquoddy people, but it has also been an ecological and economic distaster." - Schoodic River Keeper Paul Bisulca
Language adopted by the DEP to an agency bill on sand dune protections is perhaps overly broad and contrary to legislative intent. This resolve requires the DEP to narrow the provision through rule making.
Last session, lawmakers passed a proposal to merge the Departments of Agriculture and Conservation. The new Legislature will need to pass another bill to finalize the merger. Maine Audubon is very concerned about the implications for Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat and will closely monitor the merger discussions to ensure that the mission and resources of the programs we care about remain intact.
Wind power is an integral part of Maine's clean energy future. Along with other renewable sources and energy conservation, it provides a significant environmental benefit for birds, wildlife,and their habitat.
The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIFW) has continually seen a decline in its historic funding sources. DIFW needs additional, stable revenue for its education, enforcement and non-game programs in order to ensure the future sustainability of all Maine wildlife and wildlife habitat.