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Geology Walk, Aug 28
Event - Posted - Monday, August 21, 2017 

Leader: Peter Goodwin. At Bowdoinham, August 28, 4:30-6 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Georges River Land Trust marks 30 years
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 20, 2017 

Georges River Land Trust invites members and friends to get out their boat togs and dancing shoes to celebrate 30 years of conservation along the Georges River. At Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding boatyard, Thomaston, August 27, 2:45 - 6:30 p.m, $40.
Bird Monitoring, Aug 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 19, 2017 

Join a marsh-wide survey of birds and help document all present species timed to catch the beginning of shorebird migration. At Scarborough Marsh, August 26, 7-10 am, free.
Head Harbor Passage Boat Trip, Aug 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 19, 2017 

A birding trip to Head Harbor Passage and the surrounding Canadian Islands. At Eastport, August 26, 10 am – 2 pm; Maine Audubon Members $60, Non-members $75.
Don’t let Trump censor climate science
Action Alert - Friday, August 18, 2017 

President Donald Trump may censor a comprehensive and alarming new report written by scientists from 13 federal agencies — research that confirms climate change is real, it’s caused by human activity and it’s already hurting people across the U.S. We deserve to know the truth about climate change — no matter how inconvenient it may be for Trump’s pro-fossil fuel agenda.
Life Happens Outside Festival, Aug 25-26
Event - Posted - Friday, August 18, 2017 

The Life Happens Outside Festival celebrates Maine's outdoors and its passionate outdoor community. Featuring 6 outdoor villages, 40+ vendors, interactive workshops, exhibits, gear demos, food, and live music. Free giveaways, competitions, outdoor presentations, and the ability to purchase outdoor gear directly from the brands. At Thompson's Point, Portland, August 25-26.
Life Happens Outside Festival, Aug 25-26
Event - Posted - Friday, August 18, 2017 

Celebrate active, outdoor lifestyles. At Thompson's Point, Portland, August 25 & 26. Sponsored by Teens to Trails.
Nature Detectives, Aug 24
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 17, 2017 

Join a scavenger hunt, make your own nature notebook, and learn how to use the tools of the trade. At Scarborough Marsh, Augoust 24, 1–2:30 pm; Maine Audubon Child Members $5, Child Non-members $7, pre-register.
Exploring Nature Through Art, Aug 22
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 15, 2017 

Through various art forms children (age 6-10) will discover some of the secrets of Scarborough Marsh; August 22, 10:30 am – 12 pm; Maine Audubon Child Members $5, Child Non-members $7, pre-register.
Sierra Club Maine Climate Action Conference, Sep 16
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 15, 2017 

The theme of this year's event is "Maine Community-Based Approaches to a Clean Energy Future and Climate Change Solutions." At University of Southern Maine Lewiston Campus, September 16.
Project WILD Educator Workshop, Aug 21
Event - Posted - Monday, August 14, 2017 

This 6-hour workshop introduces educators to Project WILD materials, activities, and strategies. At Bonny Eagle Middle School, Buxton, August 21, 9 am – 3 pm; Maine Audubon Members $23, Non-members $25.
Exploring Wabanaki/Maine History, Aug 20
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

Maine-Wabanaki REACH offers an interactive learning experience, "Exploring Wabanaki/Maine History," a participatory presentation for adults and teens. At Reversing Falls Sanctuary, Brooksville, August 20, 4-6 pm.
CREAtive Walk, Aug 20
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

For more than a year, poet Gary Lawless and photographer James McCarthy have guided monthly walks that inspire conversation among participants about nature. David Reed, a dragonfly/damselfly expert, will join Gary and Jim on this final CREAtive walk. At Cathance River Preserve, Topsham, Aug 20, 9-11 am.
Kayak Scarborough Marsh, Aug 20
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

Discover the wildlife and plants of Scarborough Marsh as you paddle the Dunstan River. At Scarborough Marsh, August 20, 1–2:30 pm; Maine Audubon Members $13, Non-members $15, deduct $1.50 if you bring your own kayak, must be 16+.
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Faith groups lobby Congress for climate bill
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, January 31, 2010 

Maine Interfaith Power and Light, a non-profit founded by a group of religious communities, is rallying the state's faithful to demand congressional action that promotes clean energy and cuts greenhouse gas emissions that scientists say are heating the planet and changing climate patterns. The effort is part of a national initiative that will culminate the weekend of Feb. 12-14 with a national "preach-in" on climate change.

Money at core of fishing dispute
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, January 31, 2010 

On the surface, the argument over a proposed state license for saltwater sportfishing is about tradition and freedom. But dollars and cents will more likely make or break the idea in the Legislature. A saltwater license could have financial implications for two state agencies, and the money at stake is helping to motivate both supporters and opponents, including the Maine Lobstermen's Association and the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine.

Wind backers decry conflict-of-interest claims
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, January 31, 2010 

As Maine rushes to embrace wind power, unnamed critics posting on Internet sites and reader comment pages contend that money and political connections -- reaching all the way to the governor's office -- are greasing the skids. A repeated theme focuses on Gov. John Baldacci and Kurt Adams, former chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission. The charge has become more persistent over the past year, as the pace of energy development has picked up in Maine, fueled by federal stimulus money, efforts to cut reliance on oil and strong support for renewable energy by both Baldacci and President Obama.


Opinion: Make North Woods next governor's priority
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, January 31, 2010 

First, a comprehensive planning strategy should begin with recognition that these forested areas are part of a larger region. Second, a 7-member Temporary Commission on the Future of the North Woods should be created. Third, in cooperation with the organized communities, the commission would prepare local land use plans to protect special places and preserve land uses in a North Woods State Park and Forest Reserve. Fourth, the commission would determine the organization necessary to insure land acquisition and management of the park and reserve, and administration and enforcement of the local land use plans.
Editorial: Companies that conserve should not have to pay more
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, January 31, 2010 

A funny thing happened to some Maine businesses when they tried to save energy by making their plants more efficient: Their electric bills went up. By reducing their demand, the companies stopped getting a bulk power discount. The PUC wisely ruled that customers who reduce their demand for power should still get the best rate.
Sportsmen looking over clover for deer herd
Maine Outdoor Journal - Sunday, January 31, 2010 

While state biologists ponder what can be done to help increase the dwindling deer herd in northern Maine after the past two severe winters, the members of the Aroostook County Conservation Association have taken matters into their own hands by planting crops of clover and planning their second annual coyote hunting contest.
Bill would help to map flood plains
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, January 30, 2010 

As ice jammed the Kennebec River this week, lawmakers on the Natural Resources Committee considered a bill that supporters said would make it much easier to plan for future floods. The bill would allocate $250,000 to map much of the state using technology called LiDAR – Light Detection and Ranging.

Lawmakers sadly split on business, environment
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, January 30, 2010 

Horace Hildreth, a former Republican lawmaker from Falmouth, knew there was a pretty deep partisan divide in Augusta even before he started looking at voting records. But even he was surprised at just how deep and wide that divide really is when it comes to Maine's environment and economy.

Snowmobiles get faster, cost more
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, January 30, 2010 

Snowmobiling has come a long way since 1908 when the first track and ski vehicle — the cumbersome Lombard log hauler — was built in Waterville. Today’s snowmobiles are exponentially smaller, faster and more maneuverable than the Lombard or the 1913 track and ski conversion built by Virgil White, the man said to have first coined the term “snowmobile.”
Snowmobile enthusiasts fuel $350 million economic boom statewide
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, January 30, 2010 

Part 1 - Bob Meyers, executive director of the Maine Snowmobile Association, said snowmobiling in Maine is a $300 - $350 million business responsible for 23,000 jobs statewide.
Group seeking tighter limits on solid waste disposal rules
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, January 30, 2010 

Heartened by the state DEP’s recent rejection of a proposed expansion of the state-owned Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town, community members and activists called Friday for the state to exercise stronger oversight of all public and commercial landfills.
Letter: Wind cries ‘pride’
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, January 30, 2010 

As a result of the Fox Islands Wind Project, electricity prices have dropped significantly for all 1,800 residents. Far, far fewer than one person in 10 is bothered by the sound from the project.
Letters: No candidates back North Woods park? That's a shame
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, January 30, 2010 

Maine's politicians have demonstrated zero leadership in exploring a new national park for Maine. Hopefully, some gubernatorial candidates will emerge to represent the majority of Mainers who, at minimum, want a feasibility study done to explore the national park option for the North Woods.
Letter: As Earth Day nears, recall need to protect our assets
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, January 30, 2010 

The 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day is April 22, so this is a good time to treat every day as Earth Day. Maine's forests play a vital role in soaking up carbon, and our natural areas also help wildlife adapt to climate change by giving species a chance to move to areas that provide the conditions they need to survive.
Caution urged on Moosehead
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, January 30, 2010 

Anglers will flock to the state’s largest lake this weekend for the third annual Moosehead Lake Togue Ice Fishing Derby with former NASCAR driver Ricky Craven. One veteran water-watcher said those anglers would be wise to exercise caution on the big lake.
Connecticut Parks Bring In The Deer Hunters
Other - Saturday, January 30, 2010 

NRP - A booming deer population has become an issue across much of the eastern half of the country. Much of the deer population growth is in suburbs, where hunting isn't a big part of the culture. But some Connecticut suburbs are so fed up, they're opening up their parks and woods to hunters.
Mayor sees no gain for Biddeford in trash plan
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, January 30, 2010 

Biddeford Mayor Joanne Twomey has withdrawn her support for a deal to transform the Maine Energy Recovery Co. incinerator and has quit the task force formed by Gov. John Baldacci to put the plan together because it became clear to her during the past year of negotiations that Biddeford has nothing to gain.
Rockland church to celebrate Green Sanctuary certification
Bangor Daily News - Friday, January 29, 2010 

The First Universalist Church will celebrate the congregation’s certification as a Green Sanctuary at its worship service at 10 a.m. this Sunday. The Green Sanctuary Program provides a path for congregational study and reflection and a call to individual and collective actions in response to environmental challenges.
Group seeking tighter limits on solid waste disposal rules
Bangor Daily News - Friday, January 29, 2010 

Community members and activists called Friday for the state to revise its policies governing the management and regulation of solid waste disposal. Heartened by the state Department of Environmental Protection’s recent rejection of a proposed expansion of the state-owned Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town, participants at a news conference said the state should exercise stronger oversight of all public and commercial landfills
New warden service facility draws criticism
Bangor Daily News - Friday, January 29, 2010 

A brand-new two-story camp constructed by wardens for their enforcement work at Baker Lake deep in the forest in northern Somerset County has come under fire from some legislators, who question the logic of spending the funds at a wilderness camp when the department is seeking fee increases from sportsmen.

Preparation, challenge: skiing to the North Pole
Portland Press Herald - Friday, January 29, 2010 

Tyler Fish and friend John Huston finished their historic 500-mile Nordic ski journey across the North Pole last April, but Fish is still wondering why they embarked on the rigorous odyssey. The two men became the first Americans to complete a human-powered, unassisted Nordic ski journey across the North Pole. Fish, an alumnus of Bates College and a Minnesotan, will be in Lewiston this Saturday (7 p.m., Chase Hall Lounge, 56 Campus Ave., Bates College) to retell his amazing journey as part of the 90th anniversary celebration of the Bates Outing Club.

Underwater turbine to be unveiled in Bath
Portland Press Herald - Friday, January 29, 2010 

Composite turbines that are designed to harness the power of moving water will be unveiled today in Bath, before they're shipped to a pending tidal power project in Eastport.

Interview with a Seal
Maine Outdoor Journal - Friday, January 29, 2010 

There are few animals on this earth as endearing as seal pups, and at Reid State Park, I see quite a few of them. Until last week, I’d never had a report of a seal stranded in the woods.
Composites convergence
Times Record - Friday, January 29, 2010 

Today in Bath, America’s first tidal power turbines made entirely from composites will be unveiled, a move trumpeted by industry, university and political leaders as a historic breakthrough.
Oil dealers support haze rules
Kennebec Journal - Friday, January 29, 2010 

Maine's oil dealers and some lawmakers support moving the state to cleaner-burning oil, but concerns about supply are driving debate in the Legislature.
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