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Announcement - Sunday, September 25, 2016 

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History and Potential of Landscape Conservation in Downeast Region, Oct 4
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 25, 2016 

The Convergence Conferences serve as the annual networking meeting of conservation professionals, educators, researchers, and managers in eastern Maine. At Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, Winter Harbor, October 4, 8 am - 5 pm.
Native Plants in the Forests, Oct 1
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 25, 2016 

Wild Seed Project founder and Executive Director Heather McCargo will share her knowledge of the native flora. At Crystal Spring Farm, Brunswick, Oct 1, 10-11:30 am, RSVP. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
Stars Over Katahdin, Oct 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 24, 2016 

There will be multiple telescopes and astronomers to guide you. At Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Oct 1, 6-10 pm.
Becoming Acadia: The Story of Acadia National Park, Sep 30
Event - Posted - Friday, September 23, 2016 

More than 100 years ago, artists discovered a place called Mount Desert Island, and the images they captured changed the very landscapes they immortalized. This film explains that if it had not been for a convergence of cultural forces and the collaboration of forward-thinking men and women, it might not be possible for any of us to visit these as public places. At Criterion Theatre, Bar Harbor, September 30, 8 pm.
Take to the Woods October
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 22, 2016 

More than a dozen organizations from Kittery to Hiram are hosting woodsy events during October. For a complete list, see the Forest Works website.
Sustainable De-growth, Sep 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 22, 2016 

Economist Mark Anderson will address sustainable de-growth as a paradigm to address climate change, inequality, and alienation. At UMaine, Orono, September 29, 12:30 pm.
Swan Island Evening Island Tour, Sep 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 22, 2016 

Join Swan Island staff for an evening sightseeing tour to observe our abundant wildlife when they are more visible. At Richmond, September 29, 6:30-7:30 pm, first 20 people.
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument listening session, Sep 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 22, 2016 

Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument is holding listening sessions as part of the management plan process. The public is welcome. At Bangor/Orono, September 29.
Positioning Maine’s Forest Sector in a Regional, Continental and Global Context of Change, Sep 27
Event - Posted - Tuesday, September 20, 2016 

Maine Development Foundation annual meeting. Carlton N. Owen, CEO of U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, is keynote speaker. At Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, September 27, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Help Brook Trout Survey Reach Its 2016 Goal
Announcement - Monday, September 19, 2016 

The Brook Trout Survey Project needs adventurous anglers before the end of September to explore 25 new ponds that may harbor previously undocumented wild brook trout populations.
Bernd Heinrich: The Homing Instinct, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Monday, September 19, 2016 

Scientist and author Bernd Heinrich will speak about the meaning and mystery in animal migration. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, September 26, 7 pm.
Bangor Climate Action Team Kick Off, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Monday, September 19, 2016 

350 Bangor, a local organization committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning to a clean energy economy, is teaming up with Sierra Club Maine to kick off a Climate Action Team for the greater Bangor area. At Peace and Justice Center, Bangor, September 26, 6:30 pm.

Our Changing Arctic: Stewardship for the Twenty-First Century, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Monday, September 19, 2016 

Margaret Williams, Managing Director of the World Wildlife Fund's Arctic Program, will discuss the challenges facing the Arctic region, including increased ship traffic, development projects, human-animal conflicts, and global warming. At Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, September 26, 7 pm.
America’s Best Idea – A Night with Dayton Duncan, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Monday, September 19, 2016 

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea is a six-episode series produced by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan. Join Friends of Acadia for a film screening and Q & A with writer and co-producer Dayton Duncan. At Criterion Theatre, Bar Harbor, September 26.
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10th anniversary of World Rabies Day
Maine Government News - Wednesday, September 28, 2016 

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry and the Maine Center for Disease Control are teaming up with health practitioners, rabies experts and activists worldwide to celebrate World Rabies Day, today. September 28 is the 10th anniversary of World Rabies Day. “We see this as an opportunity to show how important it is to prevent rabies in our community,” said Dr. Rachael Fiske, Assistant State Veterinarian. The Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory in Augusta has reported 50 rabies positive animals this year as of September 11, a higher than average number.
What can you keep and when can you keep it?
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, September 28, 2016 

You are breaking the law. I am sure of it. Somewhere in your house is a feather from a wild bird, maybe even a nest with eggs in it. You’ve got a skull from a wild animal, perhaps, that you found in the woods or along the road. Whatever it is, you most assuredly don’t have the required possession permit. I’d also bet that you are entirely unaware that it is illegal to possess wild birds or animals, or any part of a wild bird or animal, including feathers and bones, without a permit issued by Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Belfast locals float effort to ban plastic bags
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 28, 2016 

“It’s a huge, huge problem,” Veronica Young of the Blue Hill-based Marine Environmental Research Institute said. “Anything plastic that gets degraded to this tiny amount is still plastic. It’s still petrochemicals. These chemicals don’t biodegrade. All the junk from our civilization that ends up in the water is still there.” So when a group of Belfast residents learned about the magnitude of Maine’s problem, they wanted to try to reduce the amount of plastic polluting the bay by starting a movement to ban single-use plastic bags from their midcoast city.
Column: Nation could learn from Maine’s election of ‘widely reviled buffoon’
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 28, 2016 

LePage didn’t run for governor because he wanted to make small changes. He wanted a revolution. So how did that work out? Where the governor could use executive power and act alone, he did. But when he needed to cooperate with the others, he failed repeatedly. His successes in energy policy have been on defense, killing an ocean wind experiment and killing a solar power bill, but never achieving his dream of making Maine energy prices competitive with Southern states by bringing in gas from New York or low-cost hydropower from Quebec, big moves that require playing well with others. That’s the problem with hiring someone to run a government who hates government. They don’t know how to make it work. They can’t make the kinds of compromises necessary to move toward a goal. There’s no give and take, just take. That’s what the rest of the country can learn from Maine’s “LePage scenario.” ~ Greg Kesich
Opinion: Facts show why we all – and Topsham voters – should move to cut plastic bag use
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 28, 2016 

Most plastics are not biodegradable, and they can last anywhere from 500 to a thousand years. Eight million tons of plastic are dumped into the oceans each year and the U.N. has estimated that every square mile of ocean contains 46,000 pieces of plastic. The World Economic Forum predicts that by 2050, there will be more plastic by weight than fish in the oceans. Many species of marine animals have choked to death on plastic bags, which they perceive to be jellyfish. Each year, over 100,00 marine animals starve to death because plastics fill up their digestive systems. On Nov. 8, Topsham residents will consider a local proposal imposing a 5-cent fee on single-use paper and plastic bags at checkout in food and convenience stores. This is not intended to be a penalty but rather a means of encouraging people to start bringing their own bags. ~ Diane H. Schetky, Topsham, member of Bring Your Own Bag Midcoast
Letter: Animal Lives Matter, but you might get a ticket for honking at them
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 28, 2016 

This letter is a warning to all animal lovers in Maine: Honking your horn to avoid an animal in the road is illegal. That’s what Maine District Court Judge Jed French ruled recently. Is it “unreasonable” to honk your horn twice to save an animal’s life? Hasn’t there been enough roadkill? With all the attention given to Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter, in a sportsman’s paradise like Maine, shouldn’t Animal Lives Matter, too? ~ Benjamin Rupert, Scarborough
Another right whale found dead off Maine coast
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 

Federal fisheries managers and conservation groups raised concerns Tuesday about threats to endangered right whales after two were found dead off the Maine coast and a third was disentangled from fishing gear near Cape Cod. The spate of three incidents reported in a three-day span is renewing the focus on a whale population that has been growing but remains in a precarious position. Fisheries managers will also be studying the two entanglements, one of which is being now blamed for the death of a female whale just entering its reproductive years.
Editorial: Maine’s governor is completely unhinged
Washington Post - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 

Facts are inconvenient for Maine’s governor, Paul LePage (R), who now appears to have been undone by them. Although Maine is still the nation’s most racially homogeneous state, its white population dipped from 95.2 percent in 2010 to 94.9 percent in 2015. Perhaps this creeping diversity is what has deranged Mr. LePage, who regards the world through a lens of racial hatred. Mr. LePage threatens to remake his state’s image from a vacation paradise of surreal natural beauty to a hotbed of hatred. Officials of both parties have called on him to resign. It’s high time he does.
Tuesday Marks 20th Anniversary of Maine’s Worst Oil Spill
Maine Public - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 

It was 20 years ago Tuesday that the tanker Julie N crashed int the bridge connecting Portland and South Portland, spilling 180,000 gallons of oil into the Fore River in the worst oil spill in Maine’s history. A federal investigator attributed the crash to an error by local tanker pilot, who issued the wrong command. The damaged span, known as as the “Million Dollar Bridge,” was replaced a year later with the Casco Bay Bridge, which now offers twice as much clearance.
Recent Deaths, Entanglement Shine Light on Right Whale Plight
Maine Public - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 

The recent death of two right whales in the Gulf of Maine and the discovery of another entangled in fishing gear is bringing renewed attention to the plight of the endangered species. With only about 500 right whales left in the world, scientists and other mariners rushed to document the deaths and help the still-living whale.
Obama power plant rules face key court test
Reuters - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 

The centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s climate change strategy faced a key test on Tuesday as conservative appeals court judges questioned whether his administration overstepped its legal authority under an air pollution law to make sweeping changes to the U.S. electric sector. Maine is one of the 18 states defending the Clean Power Plan, and Maine Attorney General Janet Mills and health and environmental leaders spoke in support of it outside the federal court building in Portland on Tuesday. Also filing court briefs in support of the Clean Power Plan are 1st District U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, U.S. Sen. Angus King and former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell.
It May Not Cost You More To Drive Home In A Climate-Friendly Car
Maine Public - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 

It has been a common belief that low-emissions vehicles, like hybrids and electric cars, are more expensive than other choices. But a new study finds that when operating and maintenance costs are included in a vehicle's price, cleaner cars may actually be a better bet.
Declining numbers could propel Maine bumblebee to federal endangered species status
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 

One of Maine’s smallest creatures could soon find itself on the federal endangered species list. Last week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing the rusty patched bumblebee as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Once widespread in the U.S. and Canada, the wild pollinator has experienced a steep decline and is now found in small population pockets in 12 states from the midwest into Maine. “Pollinators are profoundly important to our environment and to our food supply,” Matthew Shepherd, director of communications for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, said Monday.
Pemaquid Oyster Festival Draws Crowd to Damariscotta
Lincoln County News - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 

The annual Pemaquid Oyster Festival drew a crowd to Damariscotta to enjoy oysters and support marine conservation Sunday, Sept. 25. The 16th annual event, running from noon to dusk, was held at Schooner Landing, with proceeds benefiting the Edward A. Myers Marine Conservation Fund. According to Chris Davis, of Pemaquid Oyster Co., the festival has raised approximately $125,000 over the years.
Maine Attorney General Defends EPA’s Clean Power Plan
Maine Public - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 

Maine is one of 18 states that defended the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., Tuesday. Supporters of the plan say it’s a landmark move to impose limits on carbon pollution and help address climate change. If the Clean Power Plan holds up in court, it would require power plants to reduce carbon emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels. Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says upholding that standard is critical.
Three right whale incidents reported in New England waters
Maine Environmental News - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 

According to NOAA fisheries and marine mammal experts, over the last few days, three separate right whale incidents occurred in our region. Two right whale mortalities were reported, and one right whale was reported entangled and alive. North Atlantic right whales are the rarest of the large whales that occur in New England waters.
Wildfire focuses on what the Maine legislature did and didn’t do
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 

Cohosts George Smith and James Cote talk with Senator Tom Saviello and Representative Bob Duchesne about what’s at stake in this election, and the biggest successes and disappointments in the last legislative session for sportsmen.
Maine lobstermen’s group weighs in on death of entangled whale
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 

The death of a 45-ton right whale found entangled in fishing line about 12 miles off the Maine coast over the weekend has caught the attention of the Maine lobster industry even though it’s not clear whether the whale’s demise was related to lobster fishing. The right whale is endangered and protected by the federal government. Patrice McCarron, executive director of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, said preliminary indications appear to show that the ropes found on the whale were much larger than those typically used by lobstermen. The larger ropes would instead more often be found in deep-sea fishing, she said.
Deceased whale was young, in reproductive stage and had been tracked for a decade
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 

The right whale that died in the waters off Maine in recent days had no name, but rather a number – 3694 – given to her by researchers at the New England Aquarium, who track this endangered species in the North Atlantic. She was young, just coming into her reproductive years and had tangled with fishing gear once before, sometime in the past four years. Since she was first spotted in 2006, 3694 had been seen and identified 26 times.
Column: Engineers play critical roles in the future of our state’s economy
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 

According to the biologist and naturalist Edward O. Wilson, the human species now stands at the threshold of “volitional evolution,” the “creation of artificial organisms, gene substitution and surgically precise modification of the genome.” Wilson argues that these possibilities put at risk global biodiversity, including continuation of the human species. Our survival, he asserts, requires “intelligent self-understanding, based upon a greater independence of thought than that tolerated today even in our most advanced democratic societies.” I believe that the greatest importance of engineering for the future of the Maine economy lies in facing this challenge. ~ Charles Lawton
Letter: Beck takes lead on environment
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 

I am proud to support Henry Beck for the Maine Senate. Henry has a stellar environmental legislative record, having received a 100 percent rating by the Maine Conservation Voters. His voice will be vital as we face the greatest public health crisis of our time — climate change. Henry’s positive vision for a sustainable future is his advocacy of Maine’s solar power policy bill. The bill would have created jobs while at the same time lowering electricity rates and our carbon footprint. This is the kind of leadership our region needs and deserves. ~ Norm Anderson, Winslow
Fall foliage hikes: colorful trails for cool weather
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Monday, September 26, 2016 

The blackflies and mosquitoes are gone, along with summer vacationers. The air is crisp and fresh; and leaves are turning magnificent hues of red, orange, gold and yellow. Autumn is the perfect time to hike in Maine. So, wrap yourself in hunter’s orange (just to be safe). Pack some extra layers of clothing and a thermos of hot cider. And check out some of these particularly beautiful trails this fall:
• Tumbledown Mountain – Weld
• Walden-Parke Preserve – Bangor
• Blue Hill Mountain – Blue Hill
• Ferry Beach State Park – Saco
• Schoodic Mountain – near Sullivan
• Sanders Hill – Rome
• Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park – Freeport
• Green Lake Nature Trails – Ellsworth
• Precipice – Acadia National Park
Appalachian Mountain Club sells Boston headquarters for $15m
Boston Globe - Monday, September 26, 2016 

After nearly a century of managing its trails, huts, outdoor activities, and conservation efforts from a group of brick bowfronts on Beacon Hill, the Appalachian Mountain Club said Monday it has sold its headquarters there and is hunting for a bigger space in Boston. AMC said the three adjacent four-story buildings on Joy Street were sold for $15 million to a group of local developers and investors. Those partners intend to convert the buildings, which total about 22,000 square feet of floor space, back to their original residential use.
Aviation Emissions Are Next Target in Fight Against Climate Change
TIME - Monday, September 26, 2016 

Negotiators from around the world will craft a framework to limit future aviation emissions at a conference in Montreal this week in what they hope will be a significant step toward addressing climate change. Stemming emissions in aviation in particular presents a difficult task. Emissions from the global aviation industry are approximately equivalent to those from Germany currently, no small sum. The industry is expected to grow at a breakneck pace in the coming decades, in large part due to increased access to air travel in the developing world.
Maine's Moose Hunt Begins, with Fewer Permits Issued
Maine Public - Monday, September 26, 2016 

Maine's moose hunt begins today, but with several hundred fewer permits issued. Nearly 49,000 hunters entered the lottery for 2,140 moose permits, 675 fewer than last year. Maine is working on a long-term study to determine moose population trends; but it's suspected that the number is declining.
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