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Announcement - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 

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Maine Energy Planning Roadmap hearings, Dec 19, Dec 29, Jan 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

The Governor’s Energy Office is asking Mainers for input in developing an Energy Planning Roadmap. Public hearings:
• Dec. 19: University of Southern Maine, Portland
• Dec. 29: Energy, Utilities, & Technology Committee, Augusta
• Jan. 10: University of Maine, Presque Isle
Help wanted: Visitor Center Assistant
Announcement - Monday, December 11, 2017 

Seasonal position, May 1 - October 31, 2018, representing Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program at the Project Puffin Visitor Center in Rockland.
Free Skiing & Learn-to-Ski Clinics, Dec 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 9, 2017 

Waterville Parks & Rec, with support from Friends of Quarry Road, will provide free trail passes, free rentals, and free learn-to-ski clinics at Quarry Road Trails, December 16.
Meadow Brook/Hurds Pond Preserve Hike, Dec 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 9, 2017 

Cloe Chunn will lead a hike of Meadow Brook/Hurds Pond, a preserve of Coastal Mountains Land Trust. Meet at Swanville Transfer Station, December 16, 10 am. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Tax bill would slam the brakes on solar and wind energy
Action Alert - Friday, December 8, 2017 

The tax bill passed by the Senate last Friday includes an obscure provision that could pull the rug out from under solar and wind power. The House version also takes aim at renewable energy by rolling back key tax credits. These provisions "would have a devastating ... impact on wind and solar energy," according to renewable energy industry leaders. ~ Environment Maine
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Dec 14
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 7, 2017 

Tim Hudson, Superintendent, will take you through the landscape of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument with pictures. At Belfast Free Library, December 14, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Whales of the Gulf of Maine: A Naturalist’s Report, Dec 14
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 7, 2017 

Zack Klyver, chief naturalist for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company and founder of Flukes whale watch ecotours, will present an engaging review of the 2017 whale watch season. At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, December 14, 12 pm.
Olive oil tasting, Dec 13
Event - Posted - Wednesday, December 6, 2017 

FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars will host an evening to support the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust at its tasting room in Brunswick, December 13, 5-7 pm.
The Arctic Needs Your Help
Action Alert - Tuesday, December 5, 2017 

Buried deep within the Senate tax bill is a provision to open the pristine Arctic Refuge, a national treasure, to oil and gas drilling, which will cause widespread pollution and harm to the wildlife and people who call this place home. Express your disappointment to Senator Susan Collins and urge her to protect our natural legacy by working to remove this damaging language before the tax bill becomes law. ~ Maine Conservation Voters
Birds from the Footbridge in Belfast, Dec 9
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 2, 2017 

Join Ron Harrell and Gary Gulezian to watch ducks, loons and other birds in the harbor. At the Belfast Footbridge, December 9, 8-10 am. Organized by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Win $1,000 L.L.Bean shopping spree and an outing with David Sibley
Announcement - Friday, December 1, 2017 

Wildlife Acoustics, makers of the Song Sleuth bird identifying app, launched the Sibley Sweepstakes on December 1. Ends March 1. No purchase necessary to enter.
Baxter State Park sign auction, ends Dec 6
Announcement - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Auction of retired Baxter State Park signs, plus the historic dinner bell from Kidney Pond Camps. Friends Baxter State Park will donate half the proceeds to Baxter State Park, and half will support FBSP programs. Ends December 6.
Blazing Ahead: the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail, Dec 7
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Jeffrey Ryan tells the story of the unlikely creation of the Appalachian Trail. At Bangor Public Library, December 7, 6 pm. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Chapter.
Celebrate CREA and the Season, Dec 7
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Meet new Executive Director Wendy Van Damme, hear about new programs and plans, and contemplate the joy of winter activity at the Cathance River Education Alliance’s 235 acre nature preserve in Topsham. At Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, December 7, 4:30 to 6:30 pm, RSVP.
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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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