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Growing More Crops in Less Space, Mar 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Workshop leader Will Bonsai is director of the Scattered Project. He is best known for his work in preserving crop diversity. At St. Paul's Church, Brunswick, March 25, 2-3:30 pm, $5 donation. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation Ski-A-Thon, Mar 24
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation promotes year-round education and training for individuals with disabilities to develop skills, enhance independence, and provide enjoyment through active recreation. In addition to being an excellent fundraiser, the Ski-A-Thon is a ton of fun. Fundraising goal: $380,000.
Stand up for Federal Bird Conservation Funding
Action Alert - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

The proposed federal budget would gut major programs and protections for birds and their habitats. One-third of migratory bird species have already lost significant populations as threats to wildlife increase. Tell your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative to make protecting migratory birds a priority in the federal budget. ~ American Bird Conservancy
Earth Hour, Mar 24
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

Join millions of people around the world—along with businesses, cities, and landmarks—who will turn off lights in celebration of Earth Hour. March 24, from 8:30 - 9:30 am local time.
Solar Energy for ME, Mar 23
Event - Posted - Friday, March 16, 2018 

Dylan Voorhees, Climate & Clean Energy Director for the Natural Resource Council of Maine, and Rep. Seth Berry, House Chair of the Maine Legislature's Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, discuss expanding solar energy in Maine. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, March 23, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Resist Mike Pompeo’s confirmation as Secretary of State
Action Alert - Thursday, March 15, 2018 

Trump just fired Rex Tillerson, one of the few people left in his cabinet who was willing to speak out against Vladimir Putin. But even more egregious is that Trump nominated Mike Pompeo, a xenophobic, pro-torture, climate-denying war hawk, to replace Tillerson.
Protect Maine from EPA budget cuts
Action Alert - Monday, March 12, 2018 

There have been more than 90 of harmful amendments proposed that undermine federal safeguards to everything we rely on the EPA to protect: our air, water, climate, and wildlife.
Ask Congress to Oppose Anti-wolf Riders
Action Alert - Monday, March 12, 2018 

Congress will likely vote in the next two weeks on a 2018 spending bill for the Department of Interior. Because that legislation is likely to be broadly supported, anti-wolf legislators are using it as a vehicle to try to pass their otherwise unpopular attacks on wildlife. Email your senator or representative and ask that they persuade Leadership to strip these "riders" prior to the bill being voted on. ~ Endangered Species Coalition
What’s a woodlot and what do I do if I have one? Mar 19
Event - Posted - Monday, March 12, 2018 

Morten Moesswilde, District Forester with the Maine Forest Service, will talk about the most common considerations for landowners with 2 to 200 acres. At Belfast Library, March 19, 6 pm.
Powering Change: Saving Our Environment—and Saving Money, Mar 19
Event - Posted - Monday, March 12, 2018 

Panelists: Sophie Janeway, Climate and Clean Energy Outreach Coordinator, Natural Resources Council of Maine; Gary Friedmann, President, A Climate to Thrive; and Martha Dickinson, Ellsworth Green Plan Steering Committee. At Moore Community Centre, Ellsworth, March 19, 7 pm. Hosted by Ellsworth Garden Club.
Baxter State Park Visiting Artist
Announcement - Sunday, March 11, 2018 

Visiting Artists are asked to hold one evening program and one open studio with the public during their stay, and within one year to provide the Park with professional quality images, prints, or documents representative of their style and resulting from their experience. Dates: August 11-24, 2018. Applications due by April 20.
Help wanted: Baxter State Park Director
Announcement - Sunday, March 11, 2018 

The Baxter State Park Authority seeks an active, experienced individual to serve as the Director.
Winter Family Fun Day, March 17 CANCELLED
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 10, 2018 

Ice fishing demo, wildlife exhibit, snowmobile tote rides, winter camping demo, build a bird house, enjoy a bonfire-scavenger hunt, door prizes, & more. At Lily Bay State Park, March 17, 10 am - 3 pm.
Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo, Mar 17
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 10, 2018 

Theme: Women In Fly Fishing featuring panel discussions with prominent women in the fly fishing industry. At Gould Academy, Bethel, March 17, adults $5; kids under 16 free.
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Opinion: Balancing wind farms, the view
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 31, 2010 

The euphemisms of pro-wind developers at the Sept. 22 Land Use Regulation Commission hearing to add Kossuth Township to the expedited wind development zone highlight disturbing political and financial alliances that scar Maine landscapes. Maine Audubon, Natural Resources Council of Maine and Baskahegan Land Co. capitulated to First Wind’s petition to expand the haphazard expedited wind development zone. Audubon received donations from First Wind. Baskahegan stands to make lease money from First Wind.
Char, trout restored to remote pond
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 31, 2010 

Sixteen Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists, with support from several organizations, recently did a weeklong reclamation project of Big Reed Pond in remote northern Piscataquis County. The pond, which is surrounded by land owned by The Nature Conservancy, is one of only 12 Maine bodies of water that support the last remaining native wild Arctic char in the lower 48 states.
NOAA mapping of Cobscook Bay nearly complete
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 31, 2010 

A five-month project mapping Cobscook Bay for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration now provides a complete and accurate representation of the bottom of the bay, including a volcanic dike that bisects the center of the bay.
Maine reports tourism up
Associated Press - Sunday, October 31, 2010 

An estimated 13.7 million day travelers and an additional estimated 9.5 million overnight travelers visited Maine during the summer of 2010. That marks an increase in day visitation of 8 percent over the summer of 2009, with overnight visitation up 14 percent over a year ago. Tourism generates approximately $8 billion in sales of goods and services and contributes more than $400 million in state and local tax revenue.
Groundbreaking held for new marine lab in Maine
Associated Press - Sunday, October 31, 2010 

The Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory is constructing a new laboratory building to expand its research into why some species can regrow limbs. A groundbreaking ceremony for the $4.5 million project was held Friday in Bar Harbor. The facility will be used by scientists who hope to learn why some primitive organisms such as skates and zebrafish can regenerate their limbs and organs, while humans cannot.
Efforts expanded to track Lyme disease in Maine
Associated Press - Sunday, October 31, 2010 

Health officials in Maine are expanding their efforts to track the spread of deer ticks that carry Lyme disease.
Opinion: Taking a lesson from the loggerheads
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, October 31, 2010 

Wildlife conservation can be boiled down to two approaches. First, a tract of land or body of water with outstanding diversity may be purchased and protected in perpetuity. Often, a charismatic animal of the community serves as the ambassador of the habitat to the public at large. Setting aside diverse habitat, all of the species in the area, including inconspicuous ones like insects, spiders and other invertebrates are all protected along with the more obvious vertebrates and plants. The alternative approach is to develop and implement a conservation approach tailored to a single species.
Opinion: Maine needs coyotes and deer
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, October 31, 2010 

A philosophy of letting nature take its course is both naive and a woefully inadequate solution. Because we've upset the balance, humans need to take deliberate action to remedy our misdeeds. We need to manage wildlife populations. But we need to do so thoughtfully. In general, I am not an advocate of single-species management programs like predator control. But as a wildlife biologist, I realize there is sometimes an appropriate time and place for them.
Deer season opens with bang
Sun Journal - Sunday, October 31, 2010 

On a crisp, late-October morning perfectly suited for stalking deer, many hunters were optimistic but uncertain whether this year’s harvest would be much bigger than last, when only 18,092 deer were tagged across the state.
In with a bang: Maine's deer season kicks off
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, October 31, 2010 

This fall, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife issued 48,825 any-deer permits. This should result in the statewide harvest of roughly 5,922 does and an additional 2,982 fawns in 2010. Antlered buck harvests should be around 12,015 deer.
Still-hunting can bring very close encounters
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, October 31, 2010 

An experienced still-hunter moves into the wind mimicking the sound of a walking deer. Wary ungulates hunkered down upwind of the approaching human cannot smell what to them is a noxious odor, so they must rely on eyesight, a much less efficient sense than their noses. Successful still-hunters capitalize on this shortcoming and try to get a shot before the quarry flees.
Deer no longer thriving in the north woods
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, October 31, 2010 

White-tailed deer range from Canada to Bolivia, some 4,500 miles away. But in northern Maine, once an ideal habitat for white-tails, their numbers are plummeting. The increasing average snow depth, threat from coyotes and the loss of traditional wintering areas have made the region less hospitable for deer. The white-tail herd is steadily moving south.
It's not like the deer old days
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, October 31, 2010 

A declining deer herd in northern Maine is changing the storied tradition of sporting camps in the state's northern forestland. And as the number of deer has plummeted, guides say so too has the number of deer hunters.
First timer bags a northern 'monster'
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, October 31, 2010 

On Sept. 28 Michael LaPlante of Harpswell proved that while not many people tag a moose over 1,100 pounds, anyone can. LaPlante's 1,192-pound moose came out of his first ever moose hunt, and his first hunt. "They're calling it a monster," he said.
Opinion: We don’t mess with royalty
Other - Sunday, October 31, 2010 

There was an important question that, as far as I can tell from the news coverage, didn’t get asked by any reporter at former Gov. Angus King’s October 30 press conference to endorse independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler. Was King’s decision to endorse Cutler influenced by the ex-governor’s business interests? King is part-owner of a company that develops wind-power projects. Republican candidate Paul LePage has questioned whether the state should spend time and money promoting wind energy, because of its relatively high cost. Cutler has been much more open to advocating for wind projects.
Hunters: Today is the day
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 30, 2010 

Though archery enthusiasts have been in the woods for weeks, and though nonresident hunters can’t participate until Monday, today, for most of Maine’s deer hunters, is opening day.
Spruce Mountain group appeals wind farm permit
Sun Journal - Saturday, October 30, 2010 

The Woodstock-based Friends of Spruce Mountain will appeal a land-use permit from the Maine DEP allowing wind energy development. Attorney Rufus Brown, who represents the nonprofit group, said he will file an appeal to the DEP on Nov. 3. Brown said noise is the main concern. Opponents to wind projects point to Wind Turbine Syndrome.
Opinion: Cape Wind: Don’t be tricked
Other - Saturday, October 30, 2010 

Boston Herald - The Cape Wind project in Massachusetts — composed of unnecessary rate hikes, sweetheart deals and hidden costs — has been disguised by a clean, green energy cloak, camouflage enough to fool any environmentally conscious consumer into thinking that if it looks green, it must be good. Renewable alternatives to Cape Wind exist. The choice is not simply Cape Wind vs. fossil fuels. There is wind energy from Maine, hydroelectric power from Quebec and biomass from the Berkshires.
John Boland to lead Maine Bureau of Resource Management
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 30, 2010 

Maine Inland Fish and Wildlife Commissioner “Danny” Martin announced Friday that John Boland is being promoted to director of the Bureau of Resource Management. Boland was director of Maine DIF&W Fisheries Division for more than eight years. He will manage 120 employees, a $14 million budget, and all projects and initiatives related to wildlife and freshwater fish management in Maine.
Opinion: Wind turbine noise
Herald Gazette - Saturday, October 30, 2010 

Applicants and regulators should have foreseen the negative noise response from neighbors living near wind turbine sites. Wind turbine noise has a unique and visceral sound character, which may be perceived as being twice as loud as measured.
Audubon turning Hog Island over to Camp Kieve
Working Waterfront - Friday, October 29, 2010 

Hog Island, in the past host to legendary luminaries such as ornithologist Roger Tory Peterson and naturalist Rachel Carson, has been losing money for years and could change hands by the end of the year. Discussions between Audubon officials and Camp Kieve in Nobleboro are reportedly close to agreement on a deal to transfer the $5 million property. It's been an Audubon camp and education center since 1936, and over the decades thousands of birders have flocked to the rustic buildings and mossy paths of Hog Island.
Generalist habits good for survival of plover variety
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 29, 2010 

Shorebirds have been in decline and certain populations are constantly threatened by human encroachment on breeding areas, as well as habitat loss and degradation. However, according to the “Birds of North America” species account, the semipalmated plover is one of the few plovers whose populations seem to be increasing. This is a result of the bird’s generalist habits — it uses a wide range of habitats and food choices.
Native Fish Species Being Returned to Remote Maine Pond
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, October 29, 2010 

Big Reed Pond is one of only 12 Maine water bodies that support wild Arctic charr, also known as blueback trout, a close relative of the brook trout. Populations of both fish have declined suddenly and unexpectedly in recent years caused by the illegal introduction of several invasive species, such as rainbow smelt and creek chub. About 1,100 fingerling Arctic charr have been spawned for the restocking effort.
Opinions divided on Dixfield wind project
Sun Journal - Friday, October 29, 2010 

About three dozen residents attended Patriot Renewables LLC's public informational meeting on its planned wind turbine project Thursday night. On Tuesday, Dixfield residents will decide whether to zone Colonel Holman and Sugarloaf mountains to essentially eliminate wind power development. If voters approve the wind development ban, Patriot would still go ahead with plans for wind projects in Carthage, Canton and Woodstock.
Land bond seeks $10 million for variety of uses
Sun Journal - Friday, October 29, 2010 

Nearly $9.3 million raised by Question 3 on the ballot Tuesday would be distributed by the Land for Maine's Future Board. Portions must be spent for the acquisition of land for conservation, water access, wildlife and fish habitat, outdoor recreation including hunting and fishing, working waterfronts and farmland preservation. The remaining $500,000 would go to preserve state parks and properties. It would leverage another $500,000 to pay for upgrades and repairs at state parks, such as bathrooms, showers, handicapped accessibility and general repairs.
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