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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
Fort Kent a vote shy of wind farm moratorium
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

The article banning wind farm applications or wind farms in town for six months failed in a 45-45 vote by secret ballot during a town meeting.
Port readies options after Domtar decision
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

While eastern Washington County waits to see what its largest employer plans to do with its pulp mill, the port authority here is making plans. Port authority director Chris Gardner says he is pursuing the importation of windmills and the bulk-shipping market.
Letter: Forestry and deer herd
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

The state government allowed a Canadian company to buy state land. It stripped the land of the forest, year after year, including deer yards. Now, they put the blame on the harsh winters.
Tiny sailboats to roam ocean this summer
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

Five miniature sailboats will be roaming the North Atlantic this summer at the whim of the wind and currents. “This is a great for teaching geography, time zones, weather, navigation and map skills,” said Educational Passages founder Richard Baldwin of Belfast.
World Water Forum
WERU Radio - Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

Jennifer Greene, Executive Director, Water Research Institute of Blue Hill, talks about World Water Forums held at various locations around the world. She offers her unique, holistic approach to water and water rights issues, locally & globally.
Opinion: Protect kids from effects of pesticides
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

The Legislature’s Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has an opportunity to establish model legislation for ensuring the public’s right to know about pesticide use around them.
Opinion: Mainers patience with Nestle dries up
Other - Monday, March 30, 2009 

USM Free Press - Nestle bought Poland Spring in 1980. Now municipalities across the state are struggling for sovereignty against this billion dollar foreign corporation that wants their water.
Opinion: Do it to debt
Capital Weekly - Monday, March 30, 2009 

Environmental groups are asking us to go in hock to the tune of $87 million to buy more public lands. Meanwhile, the public lands the state already owns, namely its state parks, need maintenance and repairs costing an estimated $40 million that nobody is talking about appropriating.
Interior Secretary's Remarks re the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act
Other - Monday, March 30, 2009 

The measure puts into law the 26-million acre National Landscape Conservation System within the Bureau of Land Management and adds 2 million acres of new wilderness across the country. It will also preserve 1,000 new miles of wild and scenic rivers.
Opinion: Green-collar jobs could help level the playing field for workers
Portland Press Herald - Monday, March 30, 2009 

Converting current skill sets to conservation and alternative energy is a national priority.
Letter: Bike lanes encourage bad practices
Portland Press Herald - Monday, March 30, 2009 

Bicyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. The idea of a vehicle type-specific lane runs counter to basic tenets of sound roadway design.
Obama envoy: Time to act on warming
Associated Press - Monday, March 30, 2009 

Once booed at international climate talks, the United States won sustained applause Sunday when President Barack Obama's envoy pledged to "make up for lost time" in reaching a global agreement on climate change.
Opinion: Global warming, is it consensus or censorship?
Sun Journal - Sunday, March 29, 2009 

There is a growing body of opinion that global warming is a fraud perpetrated by liberal politicians and their scientific acolytes who want more control over our lives.
Editorial: The great humbling of paper
Sun Journal - Sunday, March 29, 2009 

It is a Maine sight rarer than an orange lobster: a paper company executive in the governor's office, talking about how state government can help the industry, in full view of lawmakers and media. Paper is, pardon the cliché, "too big to fail" in Maine, especially for the rural communities it supports.
Canadians Invest in Maine Alternative Energy
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Sunday, March 29, 2009 

An interview with Jeanne Bisaillon-Cary, President of the Maine International Trade Center about why Canadian firms are putting money into Maine alternative energy projects.
Opinion: Envisioning a future of green energy
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

It’s time for the whole world to wake up and prevent much of our present civilization being destroyed by sea level rise, extensive extinction of sea life by acidification, accelerating losses of potable water and arable land leading to inevitable rampant migrations and resource wars, and the spread of human and agricultural tropical diseases north.
Owners of Kineo Flies are now working in perfect tandem
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

The fly-tying shop where Anne Coburn and husband Mike produce thousands of flies annually really is a long table, in the middle of their house, where they make some of the most remarkable impersonations of baitfish on the market.
Sportsman Show offers more than ever
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

The 29th annual State of Maine Sportsman's Show runs April 3-5 at the Augusta Civic Center, and this year the largest and most prestigious outdoor-sports event in the state has the most attractions it has ever had in its history.
Baldacci touts Northeast Energy Corridor
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

Gov. John Baldacci says Irving Oil is serving as the catalyst for a Northeast Energy Corridor connecting Maine and New Brunswick. He says Maine can serve as a hub to markets in southern New England that are hungry for clean, renewable electricity.
Ex-millworkers with service sector jobs see pay drop
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

Laid-off millworkers in eastern Maine who have taken jobs in the service sector have found their pay and benefits sharply reduced, primarily because much of the industry is not unionized, according to a report released in Maine Friday by the workers’ rights group Food AND Medicine.
Debate continues over threat posed by pike
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

Paul Johnson is a retired state fisheries biologist whose recent stance and frequent public statements have drawn the ire of many conservationists who have enthusiastically supported the Penobscot River Restoration Project.
UN lauds effort to reforest Appalachia's mountains
Associated Press - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative is a movement to replace trees uprooted in the search for coal. The campaign is being lauded by the United Nations Environment Programme, which wants to plant 7 billion trees worldwide in the next three years to combat global deforestation.
Lights going out across the globe
Associated Press - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

The lights are going down from the Great Pyramids to the Acropolis, the Eiffel Tower to Sears Tower, as more than 2,800 municipalities in 84 countries plan Saturday to mark the second worldwide Earth Hour.
Pollution on the rise in Maine
Sun Journal - Friday, March 27, 2009 

Toxic emissions and waste management data released by the U.S. EPA revealed that 99 facilities in Maine reported releasing 11.1 million pounds of chemicals into the environment. That's up 507,291 pounds over 2006 releases.
Editorial: Bring this fishery back
Boston Globe - Friday, March 27, 2009 

Within days of her confirmation as head of NOAA, Jane Lubchenco was meeting with New England fishermen to get their views on one of the thorniest decisions she will have to make: whether to back an extremely tight federal limit on commercial fishing for the season that begins May 1.
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