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Action Alert - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links to conservation and natural resource news and events in Maine (and a bit beyond; hey, we're all connected). We have posted summaries and links to 60,000 news articles and announcements. We also post breaking stories and exclusives. Be sure to check not only today's news, but take a look at the headlines from the past several days as well. Articles often come to our attention a few days after they are published. Follow us on Twitter @MaineEnviroNews. ~ Jym St. Pierre, Editor
A Citizen’s Guide to Helping the Birds of Maine, Oct 22
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 

Laura Suomi-Lecker, Outreach Coordinator at Avian Haven, will show the effort and dedication required to rehabilitate eagles, owls, hawks, loons, and many species of songbirds. At Topsham Public Library, October 22, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Shells: Treasures from Maine Shores, Oct 21
Event - Posted - Monday, October 14, 2019 

Alison C. Dibble, conservation biologist, shares her passion for Maine shells ranging from clams and snails to slippers and whelks. At Moore Community Center, Ellsworth, October 21, 7 pm. Sponsored by Downeast Audubon.
Ocean Commotion 5k Run/Walk, Oct 19
Event - Posted - Saturday, October 12, 2019 

You and your friendly four legged running companions can participate in the 5th Annual Ocean Commotion 5k Race. At Hermit Island Campground, Phippsburg, October 19, benefits Marine Mammals of Maine.
Falling Leaf Fun, Oct 18
Event - Posted - Friday, October 11, 2019 

Friends of Sears Island will host a program for kids. At Belfast City Park, October 18, 2:30-4 pm.
NRCM's Annual Conservation Leadership Awards, Oct 16
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 9, 2019 

Natural Resources Council of Maine 2019 Conservation Leadership Awards:
• Jon Lund, Hallowell, Lifetime Achievement Award
• Liz Caruso, Caratunk, tireless activist against the proposed CMP transmission corridor
• SolaRISE Student Activists, Portland, advocates for providing solar energy to local schools
• Sandi Howard for dedication to administering Say NO to NECEC
At Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, Portland, October 16, 6-8 pm.
Bees and Blueberries: Where Does It Go From Here? Oct 16
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 9, 2019 

Pollinator Biologist Eric Venturi will present this year's Roque Island Lecture on Environmental Conservation: The future of cultivating blueberries. At UMaine at Machias, October 16, 11 am.
Evening for the Environment, Oct 22
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 8, 2019 

Keynote speaker Richard Louv, author of "Last Child in the Woods," speaks on nature-deficit disorder, the importance of exposure to nature for health, and the need for environmental protection. Also, celebrate policy wins for conservation and clean energy in Maine. At UNE's Innovation Hall, Portland, October 22, 5:30 pm. Sponsored by Maine Conservation Voters.
Fall Photography Walk, Oct 12
Event - Posted - Saturday, October 5, 2019 

Jim McCarthy will share secrets for creative nature photography. At Cathance River Education Alliance Ecology Center, Topsham, October 12, 9-11 am, limit 20, pre-register.
Kennebec Land Trust, Howard Hill Historical Park dedication, Oct 10
Announcement - Thursday, October 3, 2019 

Judy Camuso, Commissioner, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife; Howard Lake, KLT Director; Bill Bridgeo, Augusta City Manager; Augusta Mayor Dave Rollins; and Andrew Silsby, President of Kennebec Savings Bank, provide remarks October 10, 4 pm, at the historic Gannett treehouse overlook.
Insects in decline in Maine, Oct 9
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 2, 2019 

Sarah Haggerty, Maine Audubon conservation biologist, talks about her research on Maine insect populations. At UMaine-Farmington, October 9, 7 pm. Sponsored by Western Maine Audubon.
Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability, Oct 8
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

E.J. Milner-Gulland, Professor of Biodiversity at the University of Oxford, UK, will speak on “An Optimistic Vision for a Sustainable, Wild, and Socially Just World.” Also, remarks by Senator George J. Mitchell. At UMaine at Orono, October 8, 2 pm, pre-register.
Fund for Maine Land Conservation seeking applications for grants to support future projects
Announcement - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

The Fund for Maine Land Conservation, a component fund of the Maine Community Foundation, is accepting grant applications to support projects that encourage preservation of Maine’s land. Deadline: Oct. 15.
Pesticides disposal
Announcement - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

Mainers can dispose of unusable and waste pesticides in October at four sites: Presque Isle, Jonesboro, Augusta and Portland. Registration deadline: October 7.
One Maine, One Health, Oct 8
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

Maine Public Health Association's 2019 Annual Conference, "One Maine, One Health: Uniting Maine's people, environment and wildlife for better health and economy." At Augusta Civic Center, October 8, 8 am - 3 pm.
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Hannah Pingree: Her New Role Leading the Office of Policy Innovation & the Future
Maine Public - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 

Learn about the newly created Office of Policy Innovation & the Future, including future-oriented areas, such as climate change. Guests: Hannah Pingree, Office of Policy Innovation & the Future; Richard Barringer, former Maine conservation commissioner and planning director; Maureen Drouin, Maine Conservation Voters and Maine Conservation Alliance.
Here’s how to call a big Allagash moose during a hunt
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 

Calling in a big bull moose during the rut is one of the most thrilling things I have ever done. When you get that answering grunt from your cow in heat call you know you’re in for some excitement. The bull will usually rake his antlers on some bushes and make a commotion to let you know that he is the dominant moose in the area. A fall canoe trip down the Allagash Wilderness Waterway combined with calling moose would be an awesome adventure. On October 1, the waterway is open to general hunting with restrictions near campsites, trails and other developed areas.
Maine DEP will seek authority to order cleanup of ‘forever chemicals’
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 

State environmental officials want the authority to order companies to clean up contamination from emerging “forever chemicals” or to be allowed to tap state funds for remediating contaminated sites on their own. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is preparing a proposal for the 2020 legislative session that officials said is needed to unbind the state’s hands when it comes to dealing with contamination from the class of chemicals known as PFAS. The proposed legislation is one example of how Maine and other states are moving aggressively – in the absence of federal action – to address rising concerns about PFAS.
It’s a boom year for acorns, but the reason is a tough nut to crack
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 

A cornucopia of acorns has been falling from oak trees this season, a phenomenon that happens roughly every two to five years for reasons that defy scientific explanation. The irregularity of “mast years” is endemic across the entire oak kingdom and is believed to be an evolutionary adaptation. It helps keep populations of rodents and other animals that feed on acorns down during lean years, while producing enough acorns during mast years to allow for oak propagation.
Letter: Trees, not power for Massachusetts
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 

In an Oct. 9 letter to the editor, Paul Gray seems to suggest that ruining the Maine woods is the preferred environmental energy alternative to fossil fuels. On the contrary, the environmental choice would be to tell Massachusetts energy users to use locally deployed solar power and to reduce their consumption through conservation measures. Those would be much less costly and are the solutions to climate change, not cutting millions of trees to erect electricity transmission lines. The Maine woods are not for the taking to supply energy hogs in other states. ~ John Albertini, Charleston
Strong nor’easter bearing down on Maine
Portland Press Herald - Monday, October 14, 2019 

A nor’easter packing high winds and soaking rains is bearing down on the state and is expected to strike sometime Wednesday evening in Greater Portland.
Foliage in focus at Hawk Mountain summit
Sun Journal - Monday, October 14, 2019 

Maine is on the cusp of a new season — stick season — when the brilliant autumn foliage falls from the trees, lawn rakes come out in earnest and winter begins to move in. And the clock is ticking. Western Maine is already a few days past peak foliage, and a mid-week nor’easter will spell the beginning of the end, blowing leaves off hardwoods. The good news? Procrastinators don’t have to go far to spot some last-minute colors.
Those flashy fall caterpillars aren’t as dangerous as you might think — well, most of them anyway
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 14, 2019 

The majority of the fancy-looking caterpillars seen in the fall in Maine are the larvae of moths, Donahue said. Some will spend the winter in their caterpillar form, while others will spin a cocoon, moving into their next life stage before being buried under snow. The woolly bear, one of Maine’s most well-known fall caterpillars, is one that spends the winter as a caterpillar. The only moth that you don’t have to come into contact with to cause problems is the brown tail moth.
Unity College expands online program portfolio with two programs
WABI-TV5 - Monday, October 14, 2019 

Unity College has added two new programs this fall to its online programs. One focuses on animals, while the other focuses on climate change. "Our mission is to provide affordable, accessible, and flexible curriculum to folks who care about the environment -- for folks who understand that the 21st century is not only the environmental century politically, but it's the environmental century from a career perspective," said Dr. Melik Khoury, the President of Unity College. Unity calls themselves "America's Environmental College."
Trips to the river have always provided comfort
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 14, 2019 

I will find a reason to like every month of the year but September and October are by far my favorite months. The days are shorter and the nights are colder. I have long referred to the autumn late-afternoon light in northern New England as “the golden light.” The foliage, the often unpredictable weather and the fishing all combine to make those months stand out for me. Fall fishing in Maine is still my favorite fishing of the year. ~ John Kirk
Al Cowperthwaite has done a great job for us and North Maine Woods
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, October 14, 2019 

Mainers are lucky to have access to 3.5 million acres in the North Maine Woods, and we are also lucky that Al Cowperthwaite has been the long-time manager of that property. I have enjoyed many hunting and fishing adventures in the north woods, and feel privileged to have worked with Al on several important issues. North Maine Woods is a very special place, for hunters, anglers, hikers, campers, and all of us who enjoy outdoor adventures.
The Great Biomass Boondoggle
Other - Monday, October 14, 2019 

The New York Review of Books - The urgency of the climate crisis is inspiring some extreme and unproven ideas for how to hide carbon and cool the planet, such as ocean fertilization, turning CO2 into rocks, and seeding the atmosphere to dim the sun. Arguably one of the most reckless ideas, though, is already well underway: burning “forest biomass”—that is, trees—in power plants as a replacement for coal. The problem with this so-called green energy source is that instead of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, it increases the amount of CO2 coming out of the smokestack compared to fossil fuels, and the climate “benefit” is claimed by simply not counting the emissions.
Column: Confessions of a dedicated tree hugger
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 14, 2019 

Here’s a question: If a tree falls in the forest and no one salvages it, is that tree wasted? The answer really depends on how you assign a value to a tree and woodland. Here on Rusty Metal Farm, I tend to look at trees as extended members of my family. Yep, I am a bona fide tree hugger. ~ Julia Bayly
Letter: Inspired by monarch butterfly’s migration
Portland Press Herald - Monday, October 14, 2019 

It has been delightful to see the monarch butterflies in our South Portland garden this summer. We see several going from flower to various flower – seeking sustenance before their amazing, arduous and life-threatening migration to a forest in central Mexico. several thousands of miles. We have also enjoyed the humming birds (and many other avian friends) flitting from flower to flower for nectar, before they begin their long journey to Central America. I wonder how global warming, pollution and their negative effects, caused entirely by us, will seriously affect these migrations in the near future. We are required to protect and take care of the most vulnerable among us. ~ Ravi Koil, South Portland
Letter: Support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act
Portland Press Herald - Monday, October 14, 2019 

Climate change is such a polarizing issue that passing bipartisan legislation to address it has been out of range, till now. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (HR 763) would reduce carbon pollution and bring climate change under control by charging a fee on fossil fuels. The idea is called “fee and dividend.” The bill would create 2.1 million jobs over the next decade, according to an independent study, and gradually reduce the $240 billion lost each year because of air pollution-related health and environmental costs (like those from the mercury in Maine’s freshwater lakes and streams, and Maine’s high childhood asthma rates). ~ Bob Lodato, Charleston
Letter: Tree clearing makes for safer interstate
Kennebec Journal - Monday, October 14, 2019 

In response to all the uproar over tree cutting along the interstate and the interchanges, I applaud the Maine Department of Transportation for the great job they are doing. The safety aspect of this operation greatly outweighs the sacrifice of the trees. The sun can get to the roadways and melt ice and snow. The line of sight for travelers is greatly improved for drivers to see oncoming traffic and wildlife near the roadways. As a retired firefighter/EMT, having responded to many vehicle accidents on highways, I say keep up the good work, DOT. ~ Bob Dore, Vassalboro
Letter: A win for America’s scenic byways
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 14, 2019 

The process for selecting new National Scenic Byways was dormant for a decade, but now a bill recently signed into law revives the program and enables designation of a round of new byways within one year. National Scenic Byways have been proven to attract visitors and generate economic growth in rural America. And additional culturally and historically important roads will be preserved for generations to come. ~ Bob Haynes, Skowhegan
Letter: Support small farms
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 14, 2019 

In response to the Oct. 1 story in the BDN, “Trump farm secretary: No guarantee small farms will survive”: Nearly all farms in Maine, including our dairy farms, are “small farms” under Secretary Sonny Perdue’s definitions. We must work to support these small farms, as they are critical to our food security, and our rural economy. Between 2012 and 2017, Maine lost 573 farms, many of those small- and medium-sized farms. If the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s policies continue to support a “get big or get out” philosophy, we will continue to see the loss of farms in Maine. ~ Sarah Alexander, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Unity
Lisbon Falls woman completes Triple Crown of Hiking
Sun Journal - Sunday, October 13, 2019 

In September, after hiking almost 8,000 miles over a four-year period, Elysha Dyer of Lisbon Falls became one of about 400 people in the world to have attained “Triple Crown” status in hiking. The Triple Crown of Hiking is reached when one completes the entirety of the Appalachian Trail, between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine; the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches through Washington, Oregon and California; and the Continental Divide Trail, located along the Rocky Mountains. Each of the three trails is more than 2,000 miles.
A solution for food waste in Maine schools: Give it to the pigs
Associated Press - Sunday, October 13, 2019 

Maine has decided that eating like a pig could be a good thing, especially for schools looking to cut down on food waste. A law saying schools can give food scraps away to pig farmers is now on the books in the state.
Portland group awarded over $600,000 for immigrant farmer project
Associated Press - Sunday, October 13, 2019 

The federal government’s investing more than $600,000 in a Portland group that works with immigrants and refugees to teach sustainable farming practices. The awards will go to Cultivating Community, which manages and supports urban food growing. One of the grants is a $100,000 award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a project to build refugee agriculture in Maine
Fish farmer, gov, tribe partner on salmon stocking program
Other - Sunday, October 13, 2019 

A fish farming company says it's working with government agencies and a tribal group to raise salmon to be released into a Maine river. Cooke Aquaculture says it's working on the project with the Maine Department of Marine Resources, the federal government and the Penobscot Indian Nation. The company says the project involves growing juvenile Atlantic salmon to adult size in aquaculture pens near Cutler and releasing them into the Penobscot River's East Branch. Salmon were once plentiful in Maine's rivers, but the fish are now listed under the U.S.'s Endangered Species Act. Cooke says about 5,000 adult salmon will be taken to the East Branch and tributaries in fall 2021 or 2022. It says that will result in the most spawning adults in the Penobscot River in decades.
Explore The County with these fall photos
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 13, 2019 

Autumn in Maine is a precious season. With a variety of captivating scenic overlooks, pink-purple hues of cotton candy-colored sunsets or low-hanging tree branches that create a natural canopy over a wooded trail, this season is truly something to marvel. But it doesn’t last very long.
Column: Bowhunting for deer offers a lot of down time
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 13, 2019 

Bowhunting can be hours of inactivity punctuated by moments of excitement. Filling those empty hours can be trying unless you have a diversion. Fortunately, Mother Nature has a remedy. Watching and identifying the feathered creatures that pay us an occasional visit while on stand is sometimes a welcome distraction. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Salmon Falls River offers a pleasant tidal estuary paddle
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 13, 2019 

This 6-mile round-trip tidal estuary paddle is best enjoyed between the time of three hours before high tide to three hours after high tide. Bonus: The river is chock-full of birdlife this month. Note: October is duck hunting season in Maine. Be sure to wear hunter orange when you go paddling anywhere in the state. ~ Michael Perry
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