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A morning snowstorm has made for slick roads and a slow morning commute in parts of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

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Authorities are seeking the public's help as they investigate the shooting of a bald eagle found Sunday in the western Maine town of Peru.

It felt more like spring than winter around northern New England on Saturday with record high temperatures set around the region.

Major Winter Storm To Hit Maine With Snow, Sleet And Ice

Jan 11, 2020
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A major winter storm will bring rain, snow, sleet and ice into the entire state overnight Saturday and much of the day Sunday after record high temperatures were set Saturday afternoon in Portland and Bangor, according to the National Weather Service.

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Climate-driven change in the Gulf of Maine is raising new threats that "red tides" will become more frequent and prolonged. But at the same time, powerful new data collection techniques and artificial intelligence are providing more precise ways to predict where and when toxic algae will bloom. One of those new machine learning prediction models has been developed by a former intern at Bigelow Labs in East Boothbay.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public File

Maine is facing a weekend of weather that could bring record high winter temperatures followed by an ice storm. WCSH-TV reports the state is likely to see temperatures over 50 degrees on Saturday. But temperatures are expected to plummet on Saturday night, and precipitation and freezing temperatures are likely to follow on Sunday. WCSH-TV reports the storm isn't likely to be as severe as the legendary 1998 ice storm, but power outages and travel problems are possible.

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A newborn North Atlantic right whale has been injured by an apparent ship-strike. The animal — one of about 400 left on the planet — was spotted off the coast of Georgia.

Michael Dwyer / Associated Press/file

Representatives of Maine's lobster industry are taking issue with the state’s proposal to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale from entanglements in their gear.

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Maine Audubon says its annual loon count shows that the birds’ population in the state appears strong and steady at about 3,200 adults and 372 chicks, but is down slightly from the year before.

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Conservationists say a third right whale calf has been spotted off the southeastern United States, giving them hope for the jeopardized species this winter.

ARUNDEL, Maine - A Maine dairy farmer who has spoken out about contamination from "forever chemicals" in the state says he has been denied help from a federal assistance program.

Counting Whales From Space Pitched As Key To Saving Them

Jan 5, 2020
Mark Baumgartner / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 2018

An aquarium and an engineering firm in Massachusetts are partnering on a project to better protect whales by monitoring them from space.

Helicopter Crew Set To Collar 130 More Moose For Maine Research Effort

Jan 5, 2020
Brian Feulner / BDN

When a new year arrives, many have traditions that involve resolutions and celebrations. For Maine’s moose biologist, the arrival of a new year has come to mean something else: It’s time for the state to “recruit” a new crop of moose to aid in future research efforts.

A salmon conservation group plans to remove an old hydropower station straddling the Dennys River so more alewives and Atlantic salmon can make their way upstream into Meddybemps Lake.

BRIAN BECHARD / Maine Public

New research published this week documents evidence of puffins using tools. Study authors say it's the first known use of tools in seabirds, suggesting their cognitive abilities may have been previously underestimated.

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