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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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And That's for Shore
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, July 31, 2010 

About 200 people began hitting the sand -- and mud -- of Kennebunk Beach about 6 p.m. Friday as part of a cleanup organized by the Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association to mark the group's 100th anniversary.
Protection of lynx falls short, court says
Associated Press - Saturday, July 31, 2010 

A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is arbitrarily excluding "critical habitat" that could be occupied by the elusive Canada lynx, which were listed a decade ago as threatened. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy ruled Wednesday the agency excluded large swaths of habitat from protection when it recommended in 2009 that 39,000 square miles in Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Washington be designated as critical habitat.
Opinion: At whim of the wind
Other - Saturday, July 31, 2010 

Boston Herald - A hidden cost of wind power is that it requires full backup from conventional power plants for those times when the wind does not blow sufficiently or when it blows too strongly. Wind plants can be successful. However, a publicly-owned wind turbine in Saco, Maine, was built at a cost of $210,000 but generated only around $5,000 worth of power over its two years of operations before being shut down.
Letter: The BP, Acadia connection
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 30, 2010 

The U.S. Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would take a major step toward permanently protecting the nearly 1,000 acres of privately-held land inside Acadia National Park as well as other treasured places in Maine. It also would hold BP and other oil companies accountable for oil spills. Sens. Snowe and Collins should support this bill to ensure that future generations can take in the unspoiled beauty from the top of Cadillac Mountain.
Letter: Watershed management program
Sun Journal - Friday, July 30, 2010 

The new 2010 Lake Auburn watershed study details all the nice things we can do for our lake. But the annual costs in the study and current practices misrepresent the truth of the total cost to deliver water quality to the community.
Opinion: Bad decisions about shorefront property are no longer excusable
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 30, 2010 

Despite countless examples of the risks inherent in owning oceanfront property, many coastal landowners still seem surprised when nature comes to collect. This willful naivete about the real cost of owning coastal property is disappointing, and doesn't bring towns, states or the federal government any closer to finding equitable solutions to the problems driven by permanent development along dynamic shorelines.
Law firm, fish exchange reach deal
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 30, 2010 

Pierce Atwood and city officials have reached a tentative deal in which the law firm would pay the financially troubled Portland Fish Exchange an undisclosed amount of money if the city-owned auction house agrees to restrict development on two empty lots that abut the law firm's new waterfront headquarters. The restriction would protect the law firm's view of the Fore River and would allow fishermen to continue using the lots to repair their nets.
Canadian moose evade journalists
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 30, 2010 

Somewhere in the Matane Wildlife Preserve, the moose are laughing. Located about 30 miles from Matane, Quebec, the preserve purports to have one of the healthiest moose populations in the province with 3,000 spread over 500 miles. Rollout was 2:30 a.m. for the pre-pre-dawn departure to arrive at the best pond for moose just as dawn broke. Two hours and no moose. I felt bad for my fellow journalists, only one of whom had ever seen a moose before. As for me, when I got home in Maine there were three hanging out by my pond.
Forest service: Be on lookout for invasive pest
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 30, 2010 

Last year’s unusually warm winter may have kept heating bills down but did come with a price: the continued northeasterly spread of an invasive pest that could ravage Maine’s hemlock trees, according to forest service officials. Hemlock woolly adelgids have been found since May in Cumberland, Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties. Maine Forest Service entomologist Allison Kanoti said she expects that list to grow as summer interns continue to survey the coastline in Knox County next week.
Letter: Giving away the water
Sun Journal - Friday, July 30, 2010 

With all due respect to Nestle Corporation, I have to ask my fellow Mainers: Why are we giving our water away free to this multinational company?
Maine Towns Restrict Lawn Chemicals
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, July 30, 2010 

About two dozen Maine communities have adopted some kind of pesticide limits, including Ogunquit, Brunswick, Castine and Harpswell.
Stopping bucket biologists
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 30, 2010 

“[Maine has] 6,000 bodies of water. On any given day, 35 to 40 game wardens are on patrol,” Game Warden Maj. Gregory Sanborn said. “I don’t know how many game wardens you’d have to hire to prevent [illegal] stocking. I don’t think you could get enough.” The solution — if one exists — relies in part on education, in part on cooperation.
New report eyes beach water quality
Times Record - Friday, July 30, 2010 

According to a report released Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Popham Beach ranks in the middle of the pack in terms of bacteria levels at Maine beaches. See related chart at the bottom of this article. The waters at Reid State Park, the report claims, are among the cleanest in the state.
Opinion: Ants may have an edge when designing efficient systems
Morning Sentinel - Friday, July 30, 2010 

The really important political debate today is not between Democrats and Republicans, or between liberals and conservatives. It’s between the architects and the ants. The architects see the state and society as if it were a building, designed and constructed according to a rational blueprint. Each ant sees only what’s right in front of him and performs only a limited task, according to a few, simple rules given him by instinct. But when multitudes of these individually limited individuals work together, somehow a kind of order and even a sort of collective intelligence emerges spontaneously. It is time we started learning from the ants.
Researchers Hope to Stop Emerald Ash Borer before It Reaches Maine
Other - Friday, July 30, 2010 

The emerald ash borer, which is now found in New York and the province of Quebec, is threatening Maine’s ash and thousands of forest-related jobs, including Native American basketmaking. In an effort to research this potentially devastating new invasive species and minimize its impact, basketmakers, tribal members, state and federal agencies, and University of Maine researchers have joined forces.
Editorial: It’s prime time to clear the Saco skyline
Journal Tribune - Friday, July 30, 2010 

Taxpayers are now taking the brunt of the City of Saco’s decision to “go green,” as one of the city’s wind turbines stands idle in wait of repairs. Luckily, James Heath, former CEO of Entegrity Wind Systems, has expressed interest in buying the turbine back for the sum of $135,000. We say the city should take the money and run.
Obama: Maine visit a rose in a month of thorns
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

In an interview on ABC's "The View," President Barack Obama talks about the hardships of the presidency — such as the BP oil spill and the H1N1 flu scare — and the roses among the thorns — such as his recent visit to Maine. "In the last month the rose has to be a couple of days we took in Maine with Michelle, Sasha and Malia," he said. The Obamas spent a weekend in Maine exploring Acadia National Park and sampling the dining on Mount Desert Island.
Proposed Underwater Powerline Would Stretch from Searsport to Boston
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

As Congress struggles to craft some form of energy bill, the developer of a proposed underwater transmission line from Searsport to Boston is pressing the need for the New England Region to tap the full wind power potential of Northern Maine. The so-called Greenline project would include the installation of a 140 mile undersea cable carrying electricity from Maine to high demand markets to the south.
Accuracy a Casualty as Job Arguments Dominate Energy Debate on Hill
New York Times - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

As the Senate rushes toward a vote on oil spill legislation, those seeking changes in the bill are loading their arguments with a potent political word: jobs. The oil and natural gas industry warns that aggressive regulation of oil drilling could kill jobs. Democrats, renewable energy sectors and environmental groups promote the potential for "green job" creation as one of the reasons passage of climate legislation is crucial. But economists warn that the jobs arguments is flawed.
Leaders seek to 'make Maine work'
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

“Making Maine Work," a new report from the Maine Development Foundation and the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, recommends promoting a terminal for importing liquefied natural gas in Washington County, negotiating contracts with Canadian electricity suppliers and developing a new portfolio of energy sources, from biofuels to wind and tidal power.
Letter: Pingree's phone meeting just early campaigning
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

Ring, ring. It's a Chellie Pingree Congressional Town Meeting, by phone! Early campaigning with the taxpayer picking up Pingree's bill. One question was from a young Portland woman: You're such a wonderful leader on green issues, how can we bring green jobs to Maine? And how do we move that wonderful climate-change legislation (Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade) you passed forward in the Senate?
Letter: State policies on water
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

The state geologist has indicated that the clean drinkable water extracted from Maine by an international company (parent of Poland Spring) is negligible. If that's the case, why was there a $10 million bond referendum in May that would come out of Maine taxpayers' pockets for the purpose of cleaning Maine waters for Mainers' use? What's wrong with this picture?
Back Cove trail link on state's back burner
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

It most likely will be 2012 before a pathway can be built allowing pedestrians to reach the Back Cove trail from the intersection of Franklin Street and Marginal Way. But the trail link that Bayside residents have been clamoring for may not happen.
Obama says Maine was highlight of past month
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

President Barack Obama says his family vacation at Acadia National Park in Maine was "the rose" in his life among the "thorns" of his presidency during the past month.
Energy, taxes, health care lead list of keys for future
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

Laurie Lachance, CEO of the Maine Development Foundation, and Dana Connors, president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, presented "Making Maine Work" on Wednesday to state officials and business leaders in Augusta. The report outlines the Maine business community's priorities for the state's next governor and Legislature based on surveys of about 1,100 Maine businesses. Businesses believe health care and energy costs, high taxes and transportation issues are stifling economic development.
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