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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.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

Some parts of southwestern Maine got up to 14 inches of snow Monday night. Snow there should be wrapping up this afternoon, but national weather service meteorologist Todd Foisy in Caribou says snow in northern Maine is just getting started.

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research / via Associated Press/file

A federal appeals court has ruled that President Barack Obama acted within his authority when he created the country’s first Atlantic marine monument off the coast of New England in 2016.

Freezing rain that's moving across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont is sending cars and trucks sliding. On the Maine Turnpike, a jack-knifed tractor-trailer in Gray brought southbound traffic to a standstill.

CONCORD, N.H. - The National Weather Service is warning of a possible slick commute due to snow and ice that could fall overnight.

The 5 Six-Legged Pests That Bugged Mainers Most In 2019

Dec 26, 2019
Bangor Daily News

As Maine’s farmers, gardeners and homesteaders reflect on this year and plan for the next, one thing strikes fear into even the most-practiced gardener’s heart: pests.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Warden Service is warning that a cold snap followed by warming temperatures in Maine has left many lakes and ponds in the state with dangerously thin levels of ice.

The National Weather Service has added snow squalls to the dangerous events that trigger cellphone warnings, along with tornadoes and flash floods.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

A movement is emerging among conservation groups to create a "whale-safe" seal of approval for lobster caught with new types of gear designed to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. But it could be a tough sell in Maine, where some say the iconic fishery is already sustainable.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - A National Park Service effort to improve dozens of miles of historic carriage roads in Acadia National Park is scheduled to reach completion next year.

bigelow laboratory for ocean sciences

Research being conducted at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay indicates the world’s oceans have far more life in it than previously understood.

But you can't see any of it.

Freezing rain that caught motorists by surprise is being blamed for a nine-car pileup on Interstate 95 in the towns of Pittsfield and Palmyra, Maine State Police said Saturday.