Being at home during the pandemic, many of us have paid more time and attention to what's happening in the natural world around us. In fact, it seems that wildlife is more plentiful and animals are venturing into places that are usually busy with human activity. We will learn how to observe and appreciate natural phenomena during this time, and what to do about wildlife interactions. We’ll also hear about some fun ways—for the young, the old and everyone in between —to appreciate nature, while staying safe.


The steep decline in birds throughout North America has been dubbed a "crisis." New research published recently in Science shows bird populations have dropped by about 3 billion across North America—an overall decline of 29 percent from 1970. As the annual Christmas Bird Count kicks off (Dec 14-25), we discuss why this is happening, what the outlook is for birds in Maine, and what individuals can do to help.


Winter ticks have killed thousands of moose in New England . Maine’s moose population is estimated to have fallen from 76,000 five years ago to between 60,000 and 70,000 today. New Hampshire’s numbers have reduced nearly 50 percent, to about 5,000 moose. We learn about the fate of Maine’s moose population and what wildlife managers plan to do to protect this charismatic animal.  We’ll also discuss the popularity of moose watching tours and best places to spot a moose in Maine.

This is part of Maine Calling’s yearlong focus on topics that reflect what is iconic in Maine.


We discuss the prevalence of rabies in Maine, what to do about potentially rabid animals, how to treat humans and pets who may have rabies and more.

Rabies in Maine: Prevention & Treatment

Jul 30, 2018
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There have been many reports of rabid animals in Maine recently. We’ll learn just what rabies is, whether it’s on the rise and what can be done to keep family — especially the four-legged variety — safe when outdoors.


Maine Calling is not live today; no calls will be taken.

It's Super Thursday! We listen back to excerpts from a few of our recent favorite Maine Calling episodes.


Have you ever found a skunk in the kitchen? Bats in your attic? As spring approaches and the weather turns warmer, we hear from two experts on creatures big and small about how best to deal with wildlife that may come a little too close for comfort.

Maine's Wildlife

Apr 27, 2015

How did Maine's wildlife fare after the long, cold winter?

Guests:  Kyle Ravanna, Deer Biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Keel Kemper, Regional Biologist, with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

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After years of planning, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hopes to finally sign off on a permit in October that allows trapping in Maine to continue as the state also works to limit the accidental taking of federally protected Canada lynx.

  What are the potential effects of climate change on big game and other wildlife. A just released report details the effects of a warming world on big game wildlife.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

Dr. Doug Inkley, a certified wildlife biologist with expertise in ecology and wildlife management, and is the National Wildlife Federation's Senior Scientist. 

Eric Orff, Sportsman and New Hampshire Outreach Consultant for National Wildlife Federation, and owner of Conservation Matters since 2007. 

  What happens when the suburbs encroach on wildlife? Cars hitting deer and a whole lot more.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Jim Sterba, has been a foreign correspondent, war correspondent and national correspondent for more than four decades, first for The New York Times and then for The Wall Street Journal

Biodiversity in Maine

Sep 20, 2012

  The Executive director of the Biodiversity Research Institute and Jim Fowler - former host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, discussed our state's wildlife and how we interact with it.

Host Susan Sharon was joined by:

Dave Evers, Executive Director/Chief Scientist, Biodiversity Research Institute

and Jim Fowler, naturalist and former host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom

Maine Outdoors

Jul 24, 2012

  Adventures in the great outdoors. A former Maine Game Warden and a former Maine Guide and bush pilot shared their adventures. Both have written books based on their adventures.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

John Ford, author of  Suddenly the Cider Didn't Taste so Good and

Paul Fournier, author of Tales from Misery Ridge.

  How is climate change affecting Maine's wildlife?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

Andrew Whitman of the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, and

Malcolm Hunter, Professor of Wildlife at The University of Maine