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Scattered showers that spread across Maine overnight helped relieve drought conditions in some areas, but not all, weather forecasters say.

National Drought Monitor / National Drought Mitigation Center

Much of Maine is experiencing an unprecedented early summer drought, according to the National Weather Service.

LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Federal authorities say the carcass of a critically endangered species of whale was found floating off the coast of New Jersey.

Courtesy Maine Audubon

SCARBOROUGH, Maine - Maine wildlife managers said the chicks and eggs of endangered piping plovers have been harmed several times this season, and beachgoers need to be mindful of the rare birds.

CANAAN, N.H. - New Hampshire Fish and Game officers are trying to trap a bear that injured a man in Canaan in what is being called a rare, unprovoked attack.

AP File

A coalition of regional and national conservation groups is filing a federal lawsuit against the Trump Administration over the recent decision to roll back protections for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument off Cape Cod.

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research / via AP, File

An environmental advocacy group is filing a lawsuit in federal court, challenging President Trump’s decision to open nearly 5,000-square-miles of protected ocean to new commercial fishing.

courtesy Conservation Fund

A coalition of land conservation groups is buying and preserving a 15,000-acre tree farm in western Maine that's been in one family for 12 generations.

MACHIAS, Maine - A coalition of Maine conservation groups is calling on the state to add the Atlantic salmon to its list of endangered species.

Mark Vogelzang / Maine Public

Acadia National Park reopened to motorized traffic on Monday. The park’s access road and many of its trails had been open previously for walkers and bicyclists, but this afternoon Park spokesperson Christie Anastasia says she found a handful of visitor cars at the top of Cadillac Mountain.

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
Pat Wellenbach / Associated Press/file

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.