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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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News Items
Philosophy professor talks about our obligation to nature
Capital Weekly - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Greg Fahy's attitudes about how people should treat animals are part of a larger belief that humans should look on the entire natural world as an end in itself, not merely regard it as a resource to be stewarded.
How clean is the river?
Sun Journal - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

The Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to work on the bill that could upgrade a portion of the lower Androscoggin River from Class C to Class B. The DEP said it's not sure the river meets the Class B standards under the worst conditions, but Friends of Merrymeeting Bay says its research indicates that it does.
Verso machines to idle for 2 weeks
Sun Journal - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Verso Paper will idle three of its four paper machines on a staggered basis at the Androscoggin Mill between March 6 and March 23 due to market conditions. The company is also idling all four of its machines for two weeks at the Bucksport Mill.
When the snow gets deep, keep deer in mind
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

There are a number of benefits to be reaped from time spent on skis or snowshoes. Though you shouldn't feel guilty about startling a deer in a winter forest, it is admirable to consider avoiding disturbing deer when they are most vulnerable.
Giving them a lift
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

For the last 12 years, the state Department of Marine Resources has been manually helping alewives move from the Kennebec to Seven Mile Stream to Webber Pond. The way Nate Gray sees it, we should all see it the way people in Maine saw the alewife population 200 years ago, before dams became popular.
Opinion: What's the challenge of hunting animals that can't go anywhere?
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Canned hunting. The phrase itself is nothing but an oxymoron. How do you hunt for something in a preserved or sealed container? Talk about the proverbial shooting fish in a barrel!
Opinion: Keep Maine Woods as carbon sink
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

The Forest Ecology Network is calling for the Maine Woods to be designated as a National Carbon Storage Forest.
Can't stop warming, so it's time to deal with it
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

It's too late to prevent climate change. So deal with it. That was the message this week, when a team of UMaine researchers presented a new report on Maine's future. The bottom line was: Even if the entire world stops burning all oil, coal and gas, Maine is still going to get warm and wet enough over the next 100 years to change its environment, economy and way of life.
Winter is for the birds
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Danby cartoon.
Buzz, Baxter together again
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Two things are certain: First, Buzz Caverly was a tireless wilderness advocate in a rapidly changing world. And second, if you want to learn more about the man and the park he dedicated his life to, Phyllis Austin can help. She recently completed a book that delves into the inner workings of the park and into the life of its longtime director.
Guilford seeks to become lilac, chickadee capital
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Guilford has long been a pass-through community to the Moosehead region, but if a group of residents has its way, the town will become a destination. The Guilford Economic Development Board has a long-range goal of blanketing the town with fragrant lilacs. Another part of the “branding” effort is to have Guilford designated as the Chickadee Capital of Maine.
Hams set up for Can-Am race
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Putting on a distance event like the Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Race would be all but impossible without reliable communication. On Friday afternoon ham radio operators from around the state were at Can-Am central getting their marching orders and preparing to head into the North Woods.
Bridge permit OK’d for Katahdin trails
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

State and local officials set as a top goal the introduction of ATV trail networks to the Katahdin region Friday after town volunteers announced they had secured a key permit from the Land Use Regulation Commission.
Discovery TV’s ‘American Loggers’ wows Millinocket
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

“Perfect!” said Tom St. John. “It doesn’t get any better!”
Not out of the woods
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Logging industry observers expect a wave of layoffs in Maine
Ruling helps U.S. lumber
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

The U.S. lumber industry scored an economic victory Thursday after an international court ruled Canadian producers must pay millions of dollars in additional taxes for violating a bilateral trade agreement.
Opinion: Gore guilty of spreading fear about environment
Sun Journal - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Gore is, without question, the most successful fearmonger in America, if not the whole world. He is constantly spinning climate change in the most horrifying terms possible. He asserts global warming as the author of nearly every calamity, inflating threats in order to bully people into agreeing with him.
Herring Trawlers Damaging Groundfish
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, February 27, 2009 

Maine groundfishermen and the environmental group Earthjustice are asking a federal court to banish herring trawlers from certain areas of the Gulf of Maine. They've filed a lawsuit that claims midwater trawlers are damaging stocks of cod, haddock and other groundfish.
"Darth Vader" Returns
Other - Friday, February 27, 2009 

NRCM has found that Plum Creek, after ignoring the “stop work” recommendation of an independent inspector, recently caused significant erosion resulting in a 900-foot mudslide. A Plum Creek spokesman said this was “not a mudslide,” instead, he said, “there was an erosion event in which sediment moved down a hill.”
Wild Coastlines
Other - Friday, February 27, 2009 

Stand on top of Pulpit Rock, on Maine's Bold Coast and you get a glimpse of the America that greeted the first European explorers to venture here, nearly 400 years ago. National Geo Traveler, March 2009, p. 87.
Salaried mill workers leaving this week
Sun Journal - Friday, February 27, 2009 

The last of the 30 salaried employees scheduled to lose their jobs at NewPage Corp. in Rumford are expected to be done by Saturday.
Maine loggers on Discovery Channel Reality series
Morning Sentinel - Friday, February 27, 2009 

Pelletier Brothers Inc. of Millinocket will be the focus of a new reality TV series, "American Loggers," which debuts at 10 tonight on the Discovery Channel.
Letter: Windmills 'likely caused Don Quixote's dementia'
Kennebec Journal - Friday, February 27, 2009 

We should all be grateful to Dr. Albert Aniel for pointing out that windmills cause a "worrisome set of symptoms," resulting in myriad health problems.
Bucksport mill to idle for 2 weeks
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 27, 2009 

The local Verso Paper mill will be idling most of its workers for two weeks in March as part of the company’s continuing efforts to match production with orders, according to a mill spokesman.
Bill demands dam-power priority for Katahdin mills
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 27, 2009 

Seeking to ensure that Brookfield Asset Management sticks with the Katahdin region’s two paper mills, town councilors will travel to the state capitol next week to testify on behalf of a bill requiring Brookfield to give the mills priority when allocating electricity created by its dams.
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