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New England Sees Record Number Of Loons In Several States

Dec 14, 2019
Jim Cole / AP File

Loons are thriving in New England, with record numbers documented this year because of increased protections for the iconic bird known for its black head and haunting calls at dusk.

BETHEL, Maine - A museum that houses the five largest lunar meteorites in the world is opening in Maine.

JONESPORT, Maine - Maine fishing regulators are implementing emergency closures in the state's scallop harvesting industry for the first time this season.

PORTLAND, Maine - The mercury has approached 60 degrees in parts of northern New England, but the balmy temperatures will be gone in a flash.

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. - A message in a bottle that is more than 36 years old was discovered in Massachusetts.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The last portion of Maine's annual deer hunt is heading into its final days of the year.

George Novak / New Zealand Herald/via AP

WHAKATANE, New Zealand - A New Zealand volcanic island has erupted in a tower of ash and steam while dozens of tourists were exploring the moon-like surface, killing five people and leaving many more missing.

PORTLAND, Maine - Trapping wild animals for fur is a way of life that goes back thousands of years in Maine, and the state is considering new ways to manage the declining business.

Michael G. Seamans / Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

The public debate over Central Maine Power’s controversial power line project that would bring electricity from hydrodams in Quebec down to Massachusetts has mostly been focused on economics and on the potential environmental impact on Maine’s western forests.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

After getting several Maine towns to agree to address climate change, student activists are now calling on the state to declare a "climate emergency."


Terms like “renewable energy” and “clean energy” mean different things in different places at different times, and Canadian hydropower is in a grey zone that sometimes counts and sometimes doesn’t.

Michael G. Seamans / Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

When Charlotte Wolfrey was first elected to lead the Inuit community of Rigolet as its AngajukKak, she had that strange mixture of hard-won wisdom and parochial experience that marks generations of Inuit families broken by the forces of colonization and forced acculturation.


“It was very modest,” said Charlotte Wolfrey. “A one room place. The walls were insulated with grown moss between the logs.” Wolfrey, an Inuk woman, is describing the cabin of her birth.

PORTLAND, Maine - Fishing regulators are proposing another cutback to the catch limits for Atlantic cod, but some environmentalists say the move isn't significant enough to slow the loss of the species.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Opponents of Central Maine Power's proposed 145-mile transmission line to bring hydropower from Canada to New England turned out in force at a public hearing in Lewiston Thursday night. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was taking testimony as it considers CMP's application for a federal permit.