Birding

When humans leave cities and towns and venture into the backcountry, we are, in a very real way, visitors in someone else’s home. Countless animals, birds, fish, and insects inhabit the natural spaces we love, and our very presence can throw off delicately balanced ecosystems built over millennia.   Protect your food Over time, birds…

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Most birds start singing just before sunrise, and in June, that means 4 a.m. Dave Cowan had already cleaned up his campsite and was close to the summit of Maine’s Baker Mountain when he heard a flute-like “shreee.” “It was a Bicknell’s thrush,” Cowan, a longtime volunteer for the Vermont Center for Ecostudies Mountain Birdwatch…

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For immediate release June 3, 2020 Maine organizations receive $1 million federal grant to protect over 16,000 acres of wildlife habitat  Funds to support 3 federally Endangered, 2 federally Threatened and 9 state Endangered species Portland, ME June 2, 2020—Four Maine conservation organizations will share a $1 million grant from the federal North American Wetlands…

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  Seeing animals in the wild is thrilling. Whether you’ve spotted a common merganser hen swimming with her ducklings trailing behind, a five-lined skink basking on a rock, or—if you’re lucky—an ambling moose in the woods, you know that the encounter is a rarity. Experts encourage tracking for its own sake—even if the animal itself…

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The woods of central Maine remain a popular destination for active adventurers. Here, with Baxter State Park and Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, looming over the surrounding communities, you’d expect that outdoor knowledge is part of everyone’s upbringing. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, especially in Piscataquis County where access to the…

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The arrival of spring has brought many new changes to our surrounding environments: flowers are in bloom, trees are growing leaves, and animals are arriving in our backyards. Here are a few of the common plants and animals you’ll see in the Northeast this spring and some fun facts about them. Honeybee Honeybees communicate with…

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Adhering to physical distancing and stay-at-home advisories means we’ve hopefully all postponed the weekend day hikes along a popular route or even the afternoon escapes to crowded local parks, farms, and nature preserves. While we know we’re doing the right thing and that this quarantine won’t last forever, we still sometimes feel cooped up and…

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During the spring, birding by ear can be a great way to understand which birds are around and what they are up to. Birds use vocalizations to attract a mate, sound the alarm, or defend their territory. But it’s important to understand that bird songs are different than bird calls. Songs are generally longer, more…

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The return of AMC’s photo contest to the pages of our magazine is such a welcome sight during this in-between season of ice and mud. Not that joy isn’t present in either element, but it’s nice to be warmed by the views, the stories, the adventures, and the humanity that this event—and these nature photos—calls…

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You don’t have to venture far to get a taste of untamed nature, thanks to the efforts of more cities establishing urban wilds within their footprint. Often protected and managed through public–private partnerships, these areas are almost entirely unmaintained, allowing flora to grow with minimal human interference. They play a critical role in health and…

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