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First Year of New Program Shows No Sign of Invasive Zebra Mussels

The use of eDNA sampling allows for detection of organisms without the need to trap, locate, or otherwise physically observe or handle them which can make it possible to detect new populations of invasive species, like zebra mussels, early on.

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Restoration of Big Wadleigh Pond

The chemical restoration of Big Wadleigh Pond was a tremendous success, reclaiming space for native Arctic charr.

A salamander with yellow spots sitting on a snowy log

Herps in Hiding

How do Maine’s Reptiles and Amphibians Survive Winter?

Two turkeys size each other up at the forest's edge in autumn.

The Great Tick Debate

Have Turkeys Been Wrongly Accused for the Uptick? The best way to address this dispute is to look to science for the answers.

saltmarsh sparrow

Maine Adds Eight New Species To State's Endangered and Threatened Species List

Eight new species were added to Maine's Endangered and Threatened Species list, including five birds, one bat, one bee, and a beetle. Two of these species, the saltmarsh sparrow and Ashtons cuckoo bumble bee, are listed as Endangered, and the other six as Threatened.

A white-tailed buck with antlers is seen through colorful autumn leaves.

Look Beyond the Leaves

A patient look beyond the leaves reveals truly magical moments of Maine's wildlife in autumn.

Purple blooming flowers as far as the eye can see across a grassland.

One Million Purple Plants

Late summer pours a tide of purple flowers across the sandplain grassland of Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area.

spotted salamander

Maine Amphibian & Reptile Atlas Project Final Year

Accurate mapping of reptiles and amphibians is a challenge, but community scientists can make important contributions through the Maine Amphibian and Reptile Atlas Project (MARAP).

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So, You Want to Be a Wildlife Biologist?

While the reward for this career is high for those who love it, not all can hack the demands of the job.

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Tips for Tracks

Winter is the best time to learn to identify and interpret wildlife sign. Here are some tips to get started.