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A rare spring heatwave is causing record high temperatures and dry conditions across Northern Maine, just a couple of weeks after the last snows.

Maine Audubon

FALMOUTH, Maine — A Maine-based wildlife conservation organization says a record number of piping plovers are nesting in the state so far this year.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s wildlife biologists are considering expanding the number of deer hunting permits in the state to an all-time record.

A Maine Loon Killed A Bald Eagle By Stabbing It In The Heart, Examination Shows

May 21, 2020
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It had to be one of the strangest cases of eagle death that Danielle D’Auria has ever seen.

PORTLAND, Maine - The federal government is continuing to waive the need for some fishing vessels to carry at-sea monitors.

New England Aquarium

There are new developments Friday in the legal battle over whether rope used by Maine lobstermen poses a deadly threat of entanglement to endangered North Atlantic right whales. An activist who has won past decisions to protect the whales filed a motion in Bangor federal court, seeking a preliminary injunction to halt lobster fishing in Maine.

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. - A harbor seal pup found sick on a Maine beach last week has made a speedy recovery.

JAY, Maine - A black bear has attacked ten goats, eight of whom died, and destroyed three beehives in homes across southern Maine.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

The state Department of Environmental Protection and the Land Use Planning Commission signed off today on vital land use permits Central Maine Power needs for its proposed 151-mile power line through western Maine.

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If you want to see the night sky in all its pristine dark glory, you could go to Antarctica. But if you can't, the International Dark-Sky Association says the next best place is Maine's Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's annual moose hunt lottery is typically part of a big celebration of the giant animals, but this year scientists and game wardens will take the stage.

YORK, Maine - Maine's flagship public university is looking for forest landowners to work with on a tick surveillance project.

Cynthia Christman / NOAA

BOSTON - Federal ocean managers are asking mariners to continue slowing down east of Boston because of sightings of rare right whales in the area.

RANGELEY, Maine - A spring snowfall brought up to half a foot of snow in some areas of Maine and New Hampshire.

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Many Maine communities have pared back or dropped recycling programs in an effort to guard workers from potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Some big supermarkets have also curtailed in-store redemption efforts. To accommodate these moves, Gov. Janet Mills has ordered that the state ease enforcement of some recycling rules.