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Science

Penobscot River Restoration

A multi-year project to remove dams and restore the Penobscot River is paying off as fish populations rebound.

Beyond Backyard Birdwatching

Birdwatching in Maine is about learning, appreciating nature, venturing to new locales, and seeing those spectacular birds.

Just Squiddin'

A nighttime squid fishing adventure on the Seal Harbor pier.

MITA Turns 25

How the coastal trail system of Maine Island Trail Association came to be.

Cetacean Sensation

Dan DenDanto is a specialist with a distinctive skill: the rearticulation of large marine mammal skeletons.

Tick, Tock, Buzz

Jan Adkins takes a good hard look at the measurement of time.

Wells Reserve

The town of Wells is home to the only National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maine, which is open to the public and the site of scientific research.

The Hidden Life of Seaweed

While some beachcombers turn up their nose at a slimy piece of seaweed on the beach, they should not. What keeps that seaweed flexible and slippery is also what keeps our ice cream smooth in our mouths, our lipstick smooth on our lips, and our shaving cream smooth across our cheeks.

Life Below the Mooring Ball

Have you ever wondered about all those things growing on your mooring ball or pennant or hanging off your dock in the summer? Science writer Ruth Hill explains what they are and how to get a better look.

Cold Enough Yet? See the sea smoke

North Atlantic fishermen called it white frost or black frost. It is common in polar regions (where it is called Arctic sea smoke), but can form over any body of water if conditions are right. Catherine Schmitt explains the science of the winter phenomenon known as sea smoke.

Art Flotilla

Celeste Roberge, a Maine sculptor whose work can be found in major collections across the country, explores the world, looking for inspiration in the environment. When she finds it, there is no telling how it will eventually manifest itself in her art, which, while conceptual, also is tangible, engaging, and provocative. Art writer Carl Little takes a look at her work with seaweed.

Gray Seals Swim Back Into Maine

By the late 1960s, gray seals in New England were confined to a handful of isolated colonies. Seeing one was rare, akin to spotting one of the other now-recovered species, such as bald eagles or osprey. Their rescue was the result of the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act, and today, Penobscot Bay’s Seal Island is home to one of the East Coast’s largest colonies.

Mysterious Predators

Sharks play an important role in ecosystem maintenance. We take a look at the eight species found in the Gulf of Maine.

Frequent Fliers

Arctic terns migrate thousands of miles each year between Maine and the Arctic, but the route they travel is far from direct.

Unearthly Floating Objects

While it’s common to think of jellyfish as a nuisance, they are incredibly fascinating creatures. This according to Oceanographer Dr. Nicolas Record, who has been collecting reports of citizen sightings of jellyfish as part of his research.