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Lifeguards are getting a reprieve now that the surf is calming down this weekend in Maine. At Old Orchard Beach, lifeguards rescued 18 swimmers in a single day on Friday.

BIDDEFORD, Maine - Dozens of ducklings have made a bid to create the world's cutest traffic jam in a Maine city.

Courtesy Maine Audubon

PORTLAND, Maine - Endangered piping plovers have fledged 165 chicks so far this summer for a new record in Maine.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press file

Climate change is triggering more and more surprise variations in temperatures in the world’s oceans, including off Maine, and those spikes are changing ecosystems in ways that looking at the past wouldn’t predict.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

For the past several years, including this one, endangered North Atlantic right whales appear to have been bypassing traditional feeding grounds off Maine’s coast, congregating instead off Canada in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where some are dying.

Maine Warden Service

The body of a 63-year-old Appalachian Trail hiker from Massachusetts was found in his tent on Monday in Township D near Rangeley.

The Maine Warden Service says Jeffrey Aylward’s family had not heard from him since July 23, and reported him missing last Saturday evening. Officials say that Aylward, whose trail name was “Dusty Pilgrim,” began his hike on July 1 at Pinkham Notch near the Maine-New Hampshire border and was headed to Mt. Katahdin.

Charles Harrington / Cornell University/via Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine - State and federal authorities are asking Mainers to keep an eye on trees this month for the Asian longhorned beetle, an invasive pest.

Robert F. Bukaty

For a recent story on the National Audubon Society’s Project Puffin, Maine Public deputy news director Susan Sharon and creative services producer Brian Bechard traveled to Eastern Egg Rock.

Abigail Curtin / BDN

A gleaming white sailboat with a mission to clean the oceans made a stop in Belfast Harbor this week, and scores of visitors climbed aboard to learn more about it.

Great White Shark Spotted Off Maine Coast

Aug 2, 2019
Juan Oliphant via Associated Press

A great white shark was spotted near a popular Kennebunkport beach on Thursday morning. The Kennebunkport Police Department said Thursday that a great white shark was spotted about 11 a.m. around one mile off Goose Rocks Beach.

Federal agriculture officials are set to disperse rabies vaccine baits targeted at raccoons across a wide swath of northeast Maine.

Peter Duley / NEFSC/NOAA

Federal regulators are scheduling a series of public hearings on proposed new fishing-gear rules that aim to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale from potentially deadly entanglements.

$880K Payout From Oil Companies That Spilled Into The Penobscot Will Help Fish Migrate

Jul 31, 2019
John Clarke Russ / Bangor Daily News

Four projects meant to help migratory fish could soon receive an $800,000 boost from a legal settlement the state and federal governments negotiated with companies that owned two former oil terminals in Hampden that spilled oil into the river between 1973 and 2008.

Brian Bechard / Maine Public

Every summer, a handful of interns and research assistants are selected from hundreds of applicants to camp in primitive conditions on a tiny, treeless island several miles off midcoast Maine. Their job description calls for “a sense of humor” and love of “adventure, the outdoors and birds.”

Unhealthy air is being forecast again for Wednesday in parts of Maine.