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Action Alert! Maine’s Little Brown Bat Needs Your Help

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
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The little brown bat is being considered for the Maine Endangered Species listing.

The little brown bat is being considered for the Maine Endangered Species listing.

You can help add species to the state’s Endangered and Threatened Species List by encouraging your legislators to support LD 807, an Act to Amend Maine’s Endangered and Threatened Species List (Sponsored by Senator Tom Saviello).

You can also prevent the erosion of Maine’s safeguards for species that are at risk of becoming extinct by voicing your opposition to LD 640, a resolution that would significantly weaken the state’s Endangered and Threatened Species List by creating a working group to develop incidental take permits for Maine’s endangered species. Incidental take permits allow the killing or take of endangered species.

Take Action

Speak up for the little brown bat and other species:

Public Hearing: 

When:Thursday, April 2, 1:00 p.m.

Where: Room 206 of the Cross State Office Building (next to the State House)

Contact the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee:

Ask them to protect Maine’s biodiversity by supporting LD 807 and opposing LD 640.

Key Points:

Species proposed for listing under LD 807:Endangered:

  • Black-crowned Night Heron (currently threatened)
  • Cobblestone tiger beetle
  • Frigga fritillary
  • Six-whorl vertigo
  • Little brown bat
  • Northern long-eared bat

Threatened: 

  • Roaring brook mayfly (currently endangered)
  • Clayton’s copper (currently endangered)
  • Eastern small-footed bat

Details of LD 640:

  • LD 640 encourages the creation of incidental take permits, which allow the killing or take of endangered species, for every listed species for all activities. This would essentially eliminate any protections offered by inclusion on Maine’s Endangered and Threatened Species List.
  • Membership in the working group charged with developing incidental take permits, would be representatives of the very industries that would be seeking the permits.

For more information on Maine’s endangered species, please visit our website.

Please contact the IFW Committee and ask them to support LD 807 and oppose LD 640.

Thank you for being part of the solution.

For more information, please contact: 

JenniferJenn Burns Gray

Maine Audubon Staff Attorney and Advocate

[email protected]

(207) 781-2330 x224