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Wicked Weather Forum, Apr 7
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 31, 2012 

Learn more about weather and meet some of your favorite television weather forecasters. Included are talks about hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning, and nor'easters; Portland's weather extremes and the extreme weather atop Mt. Washington; observing, forecasting and broadcasting the weather; and how changing weather conditions could affect water levels along the Maine coast and what can be done to build more resilient coastal communities. At University of Southern Maine in Portland, April 7, 1 pm. Sponsored by the National Weather Service and USM.
King Coal and Appalachian Activism, Apr 5
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 29, 2012 

More than 500 mountains and 1.2 million acres of landscape have been destroyed in Appalachia as a result of a massively destructive coal mining process called mountaintop removal. Some of this coal comes to New England where it fuels power plants that sell electricity to Maine. Hear Chuck Keeney, a local activist and labor and environmental justice historian from West Virginia, talk about the impacts of mountaintop removal mining, what the people of Appalachia are doing to stop it, and how we can help here in Maine. This event, hosted by the Bowdoin College McKeen Center, is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so RSVP. At Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, April 5, 7-8:30 pm.
The Last Five Percent, Apr 4
Event - Posted - Wednesday, March 28, 2012 

An evening of breathtaking still photos from the most remote and remarkable places in the ocean with acclaimed underwater high-definition filmmaking pioneer and ocean conservationist Feodor Pitcairn. The event includes a screening of Pitcairn’s Ocean Odyssey. At Waynflete School, Portland, April 4, 7 .m.
Sheepscot River Megafauna: Sturgeon, Apr 3
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 27, 2012 

Presentation by Gayle Zydlewski, Research Assistant Professor in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine in Orono. At Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association, Newcastle, April 3, 7 pm.
Wind Over Wings, Mar 31
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 27, 2012 

This presentation features Zachariah the raven, Skywalker the golden eagle, Pippin the saw-whet owl and a red-tailed hawk. At Farmington Town Office, March 31, 10 am. Sponsored by the Maine Forest Service and the Upper Kennebec Valley Chapter of the Small Woodland Owner's Association of Maine.
Finding Donn Fendler, Mar 29 & 31
Announcement - Monday, March 26, 2012 

"Finding Donn Fendler: Lost On A Mountain in Maine 72 Years Later" is the true story of 12-year-old Donn Fendler who was lost on Mount Katahdin for nine days in 1939, and how two filmmakers try to turn his adventure into a feature film. Maine Public TV, March 29 at 10 pm and March 31 at 11 am.
Auburn Land Lab, Apr 2
Event - Posted - Monday, March 26, 2012 

Jim Chandler, Director of the Auburn Land Lab, will demonstrate how the Lab’s programs use hands-on learning to engage students in their education. At Auburn Public Library, April 2, 6-8 pm. Sponsored by Stanton Bird Club.
Protected Planet
Announcement - Sunday, March 25, 2012 

Protected Planet is described as "an initiative to showcase the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) that uses the 'citizen science' approach to engage the public in gathering and improving information on protected areas. By making this information openly available, the global community can help to improve it, thereby assisting in the conservation of biodiversity and helping to boost global interest in protected areas." This crowd sourced data base has great potential to provide a comprehensive information about protected areas worldwide. Unfortunately, it is not very reliable yet. For instance, if you click on Katahdin Lake in Maine, you get Nicatous Lake State Park. Hmmm.
Sustainable Ocean Studies, Jul 5-28
Announcement - Saturday, March 24, 2012 

Offered through a partnership with Waynflete School and the Chewonki Foundation, SOS is a month-long marine biology summer program focused on promoting ocean health and sustainability. Participants both camp and stay in dorm facilities in the University of Maine Darling Marine Center. July 5-28.
Allagash Tails and Tales, Mar 31-Apr 2
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 24, 2012 

This is a multi-media presentation will be presented at the Maine Sportsman's Show at the Augusta Civic Center on March 31 at 4-5 pm, April 1 at 3-4 pm, and April 2 at 11 am-noon. Narrated by author and former Allagash Wilderness Waterway Supervisor Tim Caverly, the show includes music, scenic and historic photographs as well as stories detailing Tim's personal experiences while living in the woods.
Vernal Pools and the First Signs of Spring, Mar 23-Apr 28
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 24, 2012 

This art exhibit at Merrymeeting Arts Center in Bowdoinham runs March 23 - April 28.
Industrial Wind in the Wilds of Maine, Mar 25
Announcement - Friday, March 23, 2012 

Dr. Monique Aniel, Steve Thurston and Maine Guide David Corrigan talk about their struggle against the ongoing destruction of Maine’s precious natural areas by industrial wind developers on Wind Wise Radio, March 25, 7 pm.
World Water Day, Mar 22
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 22, 2012 

Since 1993, International World Water Day has been held annually on March 22 to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
Maine Land Conservation Conference 2012
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 22, 2012 

Maine Coast Heritage Trust presents the Maine Land Conservation Conference in support of Maine’s land conservation community. The conference provides training on best practices in land trust management, land transactions, fundraising and stewardship. It provides a forum for learning about the most pressing issues facing land conservation today. In Topsham-Brunswick, April 27-28.
Maple Sunday at Viles Arboretum, March 25
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 22, 2012 

This annual fun event introduces you to the wonderful and sweet world of maple followed by celtic music. At Viles Arboretum, Augusta. March 25, maple events at 10 am - 12 pm; celtic music begins at 12:30 pm.
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Millinocket Council Chairman Thrilled By Zuckerberg Visit
Associated Press - Monday, May 22, 2017 

The chairman of the Millinocket Town Council says it’s pretty powerful” that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg chose to pay a visit to his town. Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary on Friday in Bangor. On Saturday, they hiked some trails near Mount Katahdin and had a low-key visit with a group of residents and business leaders in Millinocket. Chairman Michael Madore said he’s honored that they chose to visit Millinocket over all of the other places they could’ve gone in Maine. He called it a “big feather in our cap.”
Governor: Don't Install Road Signs Yet for National Monument
Associated Press - Monday, May 22, 2017 

US News & World Report - Motorists on an interstate that cuts through the heart of Maine won't see signs this summer directing them to a national monument created by President Barack Obama because the governor won't let state workers install them.
How Poland Spring picks where to set up bottling plants
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 22, 2017 

East Coast Explorations of Hallowell, has been digging test wells in Greenbush, Lincoln, Milford and Passadumkeag for Poland Spring since February. Maine’s average rainfall annually provides 24 trillion gallons, according to Maine Geological Survey. Poland Spring consumes 900 million gallons annually. The company’s sources are located in nine Maine locations — two in Poland plus single sites in Hollis, Kingfield, Dallas Plantation, Pierce Pond Township, Fryeburg, Denmark and St. Albans. A Lincoln bottling plant would likely require 175 million gallons annually.
Four baby squirrels with tails tangled together rescued by Bangor men
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Monday, May 22, 2017 

Yesterday, Andrew Day was visiting his parents’ house in Bangor when he looked out the window and something caught his eye. He ran outside to find not one but four squirrels, and they appeared to be tied together by their tails. The squirrels, stuck together in such a fashion, were an easy target for any predator. With help from his father Day got the squirrels into a box. “I got some scissors and I trimmed tail hair off the squirrels for about an hour and a half,” Day said. “It was quite the operation. I’m happy to report they were fine.”
Maine’s Senators Among Group Calling For Conservation Funds
Associated Press - Monday, May 22, 2017 

Both of Maine’s U.S. senators are among a bipartisan group that is urging Senate leaders to support a key land and water conservation program in the coming fiscal year. Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, and Sen. Angus King, an independent, are among 48 senators urging the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies to support the Land and Water Conservation Trust and Forest Legacy Program. The senators sent a letter to the subcommittee that says preservation “supports millions of American jobs and contributes billions of dollars annually to the entire U.S. economy.”
Blog: Tell the feds to protect the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 22, 2017 

When I was a kid living in Bangor, my parents took my brothers and me on trips to nearby state parks and Acadia National Park. Now, those trips are an important part of our family memories. Turns out these outdoor activities are good for our mental health, and reducing stress, not to mention the benefits of being physically active outdoors. This is why preserving Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is so important. National Monuments generate a love of nature, a love of place, and a love of our country. They help create pride in who we are as Americans. They bring us together as a nation, something we need now more than ever. We need more, not fewer National Monuments. ~ Alison Webb
7 tips for a stress-free visit to Acadia National Park
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Monday, May 22, 2017 

With Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of the busy summer season, it’ll surely help to know these 7 ways for a stress-free visit to Acadia National Park.
1) Buy your Acadia National Park pass online
2) Take the fare-free Island Explorer bus
3) Head to less-traveled park trails
4) Visit the most popular trails and sites early or late
5) Do a little research in advance
6) Walk from downtown Bar Harbor into the park
7) Check park and traffic alerts
Caribou Farm to Help UMS Get Locally Sourced Food
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 22, 2017 

Circle B Farms of Caribou has been hired to help get more locally sourced food into dining halls at six of the seven University of Maine System campuses. Circle B works with several Aroostook County farms to make available regionally sourced fruits, vegetables and products. The farm is being contracted by Sodexo Inc., which won a food service contract. It’s part of the university system’s goal to have 20 percent of campus food come from local sources by 2020.
Fish and Wildlife Department getting authority over turkey bag limits and seasons
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, May 22, 2017 

Turkey bag limits and seasons are set in law, but that is changing. My turkey bill, LD 98, was amended by the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to give the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife full authority to set bag limits and seasons, including the opportunity to schedule special hunts where turkeys are causing problems. Currently bag limits and seasons are set in law, giving the agency no opportunity to make any changes.
How Maine came to play a central role in an international eel smuggling scheme
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 22, 2017 

Years after officials launched an investigation into baby eel poaching on the East Coast, the first of several men to plead guilty to participating in the wildlife trafficking ring was sentenced last week in a federal courtroom in Maine. Michael Bryant, 40, a former Baileyville resident, is one of more than a dozen men who the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service says poached thousands of pounds of the baby eels from 2011 through 2014. Since 2011, elvers have netted more than $4 million for the 12 convicted poachers who have pleaded guilty to federal charges in South Carolina, Virginia and Maine.
Collins and King urge support for Land and Water Conservation Fund
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 22, 2017 

Maine’s two U.S. senators were among 48 senators who are lobbying the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies to support the program for the upcoming fiscal year. The LWCF and its Forest Legacy Program has funded more than 40,000 recreation projects in all 50 states, putting more than 2.5 million acres of land in conservation.
Eagle Dubbed The ‘Old Man’ Appears To Be Female
Associated Press - Monday, May 22, 2017 

The oldest eagle ever documented in Maine is going to need a new nickname. The 34-year-old bird found in Trescott Township was dubbed “The Old Man.” Rehabilitators are now almost certain the eagle is a female, not a male. The bird was rescued in early April. Wildlife officials say a band was put around the bird’s leg shortly after hatching on June 21, 1983, on Grand Manan Island in Canada. The bird is doing well at Avian Haven in Freedom. Officials say the old bird had a fairly serious wing injury and that it’s also recovering from lead exposure.
$50 Million Bond Issue Set for June Ballot
Associated Press - Monday, May 22, 2017 

Maine voters are set to decide on a $50 million bond issue at a special election next month. The Maine Technology Institute would distribute $45 million in grants for upgrades in fields like aquaculture, marine technology and advanced technologies for forestry and agriculture. Recipients would be required to match state dollars with an equivalent amount of federal or private funds.
Invasive green crabs are putting the pinch on another clam harvest
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 22, 2017 

Clammers face a shrinking harvest again this year after predator green crabs survived the mild winter, but one scientist may have an answer – aquaculture. The second mild winter in a row means Maine’s tidal flats will likely be overrun by large, ravenous invasive green crabs this summer. That’s bad news for the state’s already weakened soft-shell clam industry. “The working waterfront is disappearing,” said Freeport clammer Chad Coffin, president of the Maine Clammers Association. “If we can’t adapt to what’s coming, what’s already happened, clamming in Maine will disappear. It may be that a clam digger doesn’t have a future, but a clam farmer might. But we can’t do it alone. It’s decision time.”
Proposal to relocate York toll plaza heads for public hearing
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 22, 2017 

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing Monday on a proposal to relocate the York toll plaza that continues to draw opposition from town leaders and residents. The turnpike authority wants to build a $40 million toll plaza a mile and a half north of the existing one. The proposal calls for a 15-lane plaza with a mix of cash booths and electronic-pay lanes. According to Maine Turnpike Authority's analysis, construction of the plaza complex would affect 1.5 acres of wetlands and would not harm sensitive vernal pools. There are no impacts to federally listed threatened or endangered species. Many residents have sparred with the authority over plans for the new toll plaza. Opponents have raised concerns about the impact of noise, light and air pollution on people near the site of the proposed plaza.
Letter: Trump’s real agenda for national monuments
Kennebec Journal - Monday, May 22, 2017 

President Donald Trump and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke have said that they want to ensure that our national monuments are open to multiple uses. The monuments already are open to multiple uses, including ranching, hunting, fishing, traditional tribal use, mountain biking, and more. The only uses that are consistently prohibited are new oil and gas drilling and mining. The Trump administration seems most interested in prioritizing exactly those uses. All the other ways that people enjoy these lands would be threatened. In short, Trump and Zinke are considering kicking Americans off our land and removing protections for our outdoors so that billionaires in the oil and gas and mining industries can do whatever they want, wherever they want. This is extreme and un-American. ~ Michael Degnan, Fayette
Blog: Mark Zuckerberg visits Millinocket
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, continued their honeymoon in Maine on Saturday. According to several posts on Saturday on Zuckerberg’s public Facebook page, the couple hiked around Katahdin and on the Appalachian Trail for part of the day Saturday. Zuckerberg posted a message about their time in Millinocket — after hiking and enjoying the area’s natural beauty, he and Chan met with local leaders in the Katahdin area, to discuss the region’s struggles, as well as its potential for growth and change. Millinocket and the Katahdin region have been a hot topic in Maine for years now, and in the past few weeks alone the recently designated Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument has made national headlines, after President Trump ordered a review of national monument designations, and Governor LePage refused to put road signs for the monument up along I-95 and other roads.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife visit Millinocket
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

One of the richest men in the world celebrated his fifth wedding anniversary dining at a restaurant in Bangor, hiking the Appalachian Trail, and meeting with a group of residents and business people in Millinocket. On Saturday, Zuckerberg and Chan spent the day hiking on the Appalachian Trail around Mount Katahdin before meeting with Millinocket residents. In March, Forbes magazine ranked the 33-year-old Zuckerberg the fifth-richest person on earth, with a net worth of $56 billion.
Richmond project makes Swan Island ferry boat launch ‘100% better’
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

Work wrapped up at the end of April on a project to replace the bulkhead that supports the boat launch for the Swan Island ferry, operated by the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and now the season at the recreational area is underway. An equally important project also was completed this spring. Aan online reservation system, available both on Swan Island Wildlife Management Area’s Facebook page and on its website, allows visitors to book a reservation for day use or for camping, sign up for events and reserve space on the ferry that serves the island.
Opinion: Maine’s national monument protects ponds, streams where our iconic fish swim
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

Katahdin Woods and Waters protects four heritage brook trout ponds. The monument protects fish and their habitat in 20 miles of the East Branch of the Penobscot River, 10 miles of Wassataquoik Stream, 7 miles of the Seboeis River, and miles and miles of small tributary streams vital to brook trout and salmon spawning. Given the extent and quality of trout and salmon habitat, the designation of a national monument was a route to ensure permanent protections for our native fish, a central part of our mission. The 87,000 acres of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument isn’t a cut-over, mosquito-infested no-man’s land. It is home to legacy brook trout ponds and clear, productive flowing waters. ~ Kathy Scott, Maine Council of Trout Unlimited
These offshore Maine islands are populated only by sheep
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

Come each May, a small cluster of islands about three miles off the coast of Addison in Washington County sees a surprising burst of activity. The Wakeman family runs Compass Rose Farm and oversees flocks of sheep that have lived on these islands for generations, providing wool to sell on the mainland. These flocks call Little Nash, Big Nash and Flat islands home.
‘Spiteful and petty’: Maine governor bans signs to Obama-designated monument
Other - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

Guardian (UK) - A decision by the Republican governor of Maine, Paul LePage, to ban signs to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, has been described as “sophomoric and petty” by a member of the family that donated the 87,563-acre tract to the nation. LePage made the controversial move, which was announced on Friday, pending the outcome of a federal review of 27 national monuments ordered by Donald Trump. Lucas St Clair, whose family donated the land, said that the governor’s refusal to erect signs was “spiteful and destructive. It’s one of the most irresponsible things he could do for the region. To place signs to show the way to the national monument is a simple thing. It could even be [done with] private money. But he has refused to allow that to happen. It’s a sophomoric and petty way to behave.”
Gulf of Maine will become too warm for many key fish, report says
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

A new study by federal fisheries scientists predicts the warming of the Gulf of Maine will cause a dramatic contraction of suitably cool habitat for a range of key commercial fish species there. On the other hand, lobsters are more likely to find hospitable areas. The study by seven scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, used a high-resolution global climate model and federal fisheries survey data to model how key fisheries species would likely be affected by predicted warming over the next 80 years.
There’s new roots on old Maine farmland in Lewiston
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

New Roots Cooperative Farm is a joint venture by Ismail, Jabril Abdi, Seynab Ali and Mohammed Abukar, as well as several nonprofits that worked on their behalf. The Somali-born farmers have all been nurtured by and are graduates of Cultivating Community’s farmer training program. Maine Farmland Trust bought the land for the farm, 30 acres in Lewiston, and entered into a lease-to-own relationship with the farmers, with Land for Good assisting in the negotiation process. The plan is that eventually, they’ll buy the farm outright from Maine Farmland Trust. In the meantime, there are crops to plant.
Whether you’re a new or experienced cyclist, CyclingSavvy classes can teach you confidence
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

With more drivers, and more distracted drivers than ever, riding a bicycle in traffic can be frightening. So here’s my plug: getting around town on a bike is possible in almost any setting, especially with good safety training. And there’s no better resource for building the confidence and skills of riders – both experienced and less-experienced – than CyclingSavvy, a three-part national course that’s offered in southern Maine during the warmer months.
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