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Butterflies of the Kennebunk Plains, June 6
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 

Expert entomologist Paul Miliotis will guide visitors through the diverse ecosystems of the Kennebunk Plains. In addition to learning to identify species through binoculars, you will learn about the important ecological functions butterflies provide. June 6, 8 am - 1 pm. Maine Audubon members $30, non-members $40. Pre-register.
Leave No Trace Workshop, Jun 6
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 

A half-day workshop on Leave No Trace Best Practices. Presenters include Charlie Jacobi, Acadia National Park; Gabe and Marcia Williamson, Baxter State Park and LNT Center Maine State Advocates; Kate Bullock and Tracy Howard, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics; and others. At Damariscotta River Association, Round Top Farm, June 6, 1-4:30 pm.
F-35 overflights hearing, Jun 5
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 

The U.S. Air Force will hold a public hearing on the draft EIS concerning training flights by F-35A jets over western Maine. At UMaine at Farmington, June 5, open house 5-6 pm, presentation 6-7:20 pm, public comments 7:20-done. Deadline for written comments is June 20.
Sustainable Orono, June 5
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 

Join in a conversation with the founders of Sustainable Orono to find out how they are exploring what sustainability requires for their town and surrounding areas. Learn why transition towns and transition initiatives believe that re-localization is essential for a sustainable future. At Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden, June 5, 7-8 pm.
Old-fashioned Recreation in Maine: An AMC Historical Film Fest, June 5
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 

Film footage of hiking and camping around Katahdin in the 1940s transferred to digital media from original 16mm reels. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, June 5, potluck at 6 pm, program at 7 pm. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Audubon Camp in Maine
Event - Posted - Friday, May 25, 2012 

The Audubon Camp in Maine is the only nature education center on a mid-coast Maine island. Every summer, Hog Island hosts educational programs focused on ornithology, ecology and conservation. The programs feature world-class instructors and are available to people of all ages. Here is the schedule for nine programs in 2012, from June 3 through until Sep 16.
Audubon summer day camps
Announcement - Friday, May 25, 2012 

Summer day camps at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth and Fields Pond in Holden offer children aged 6 to 11 unique one and two week sessions to explore the natural world.
Scarborough Marsh Full Moon Canoe Tour, June 3
Event - Posted - Friday, May 25, 2012 

Experience the sights and sounds of Scarborough Marsh creatures under the full moon. June 3, 7:30–9:30 pm. Maine Audubon adult members $11, child members $9, adult non-members $12, child non-members $10. Pre-register.
The Hidden Life of Appleton Bog, June 2
Event - Posted - Friday, May 25, 2012 

Appleton Bog is part of a complex group of wetlands that make up the headwaters of the St. George River. Guides Gary Roberts and George Libby lead an exploration of this incredible place, home to many unique species of plants and wildlife. Jun 2, 7 am – 3 pm. Maine Audubon members $35, non-members $45.
Maine's Favorite Birds, June 2
Event - Posted - Friday, May 25, 2012 

Jeff and Allison Wells will sign their new book and share stories, like the one about birding in sub-zero temperatures in a VW Bug with no heat, about their role in the search for Ivory-billed Woodpeckers amidst poisonous snakes, about the Cornell Lab's failed attempt to employ a "secret weapon" in the World Series of Birding, and more. At Wild Bird Supply, Freeport, June 2, 4-6 pm.
Saving the Last Great Places on Earth, Jun 2
Event - Posted - Friday, May 25, 2012 

Kent Wommack, The Nature Conservancy's managing director of global land conservation, will present a visual tour of some of the last great places on Earth at Colby College, Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building, June 2, 4 pm.
National Trails Day at Acadia, June 2
Event - Posted - Friday, May 25, 2012 

Discover, enjoy, and care for Acadia National Park's magnificent 125-mile trail system, accompanied by park trail crew and interpretive staff members.
L.L.Bean PaddleSports Weekend, Jun 1-3
Event - Posted - Friday, May 25, 2012 

Product demos, clinics and fun activities for kids of all ages. At L.L. Bean, Freeport, June 1-3.
Compost art
Announcement - Friday, May 25, 2012 

The exhibit Compost Paintings: The Cycle of Life by artist Ed Nadeau opens June 1, with a reception from 5:30 to 8 pm at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast.
Moonlight Canoeing, May 31
Event - Posted - Friday, May 25, 2012 

Float along the shore of Fields Pond, as waning day becomes moonlit night. Loons, eagles, and bats may grace your trip. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one of ours. At Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden, May 31, 7 pm.
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Waterville council approves contract extension with WasteZero for trash bag supplies
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

City councilors on Tuesday voted to approve extending a contract with WasteZero to continue supplying purple trash bags to retailers for purchase by residents as part of the city’s pay-as-you-throw system of trash collection.
UMF fitness center director dies of cancer
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Jim Toner, the director of the University of Maine at Farmington’s Fitness and Recreation Center and a former director of both parks and recreation and public works in Waterville, died Monday of cancer. Toner, 59, served as director of the Fitness and Recreation Center, or FRC, since 2006 and was the founder of the center’s Mainely Outdoors Program and the annual Sandy River Canoe/Kayak Race.
Those lobster license plates are supporting $340,000 in research on vital industry
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

The Maine Department of Marine Resources is using $340,000 from the sale of specialty license plates to bankroll lobster research. The state agency is using lobster license plate profits to fund six research projects, including five run by the University of Maine and one by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and give $5,000 mini-grants to four other researchers.
Scoop that poop: A case for picking up dog waste on trails
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Dog waste has long been a problem in public outdoor spaces, in trail networks and on beaches. And in addition to being disgusting, this problem is a public health concern, and can harm the environment and wildlife. Dog feces often contains harmful bacteria, diseases and parasites. That’s why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests people pick up and dispose of dog feces, “especially in areas where children might play.” While picking up dog poop is a big inconvenience, it’s the right thing to do. Whether you’re visiting public or private property, you’re a visitor. It’s not your space to wreck.
Right whales give scientists a way to collect data: They blow it into the air
Associated Press - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Scientists no longer have to collect poop to get key data on the health of endangered right whales. A new study indicates that under the right conditions, scientist can get real-time hormonal data by collecting the spray from whales’ blowholes.
Forest Service wants to know who built campfire that started fire in Belgrade
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

The Maine Forest Service is trying to figure out who started a campfire on a small Belgrade island last week, eventually causing a wildfire. So far, no suspects have been identified, said Darrell Rich, a state forest ranger who went to the scene Friday afternoon. The fire burned about a half-acre on a small, tree-covered island in Hamilton Pond, near the intersection of routes 27 and 135 in Belgrade. Rich said the wildfire was the result of someone failing to extinguish a campfire fully.
175,000 watched Maine lobster harvester, chef live-stream event
Other - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

More than 175,000 tuned in to watch the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative’s live-streamed, roughly 30-minute lobster-oriented talk show Monday night, in Brooklyn, New York, the group tells Undercurrent News.
The new Maine Mountain Guide is entertaining and inspiring
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

I live vicariously through Carey Kish, enjoying his posts about all his outdoor adventures. He and his wife are amazing hikers and adventurers, and Carey has written a number of hiking books. But his new book, Maine Mountain Guide, published by AMC Books, is his best.
The big deals that won LePage’s favor for tax breaks
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Gov. Paul LePage’s selection of 32 areas of the state for new federal tax breaks reads like a map of big business deals to be done. LePage’s administration said its picks of Opportunity Zones around the state were driven by the potential for successful new investments. The major projects include a plan from J.D. Irving, the state’s largest landowner, to rezone and develop camps and commercial properties on 51,000 acres in Aroostook County and subsidized wood-to-energy company Stored Solar’s plans to add a shrimp farm, greenhouses and an organic poultry farm next to its West Enfield energy plant. Critics say the program will only fatten investors’ pockets for deals they would have done anyway.
Pending bait shortage poses another threat to Maine lobster industry
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Feeling pressure from trade tariffs and pending rules to protect right whales, Maine’s lobster industry is facing yet another threat: a severe bait shortage. Regulators want to cap this year’s herring landings at last year’s levels, or 50,000 metric tons, and slash next year’s quota of the most popular lobster bait from 110,000 to 30,000 metric tons. They want to do this to offset record low numbers of newborn herring that are entering the fishery to replace those that are caught, eaten by other predators or die from natural causes.
Central Maine officials urge calm amid rabies fears
Kennebec Journal - Monday, July 16, 2018 

With reports of four incidents involving a rabid fox in Brunswick earlier this month, and a rabid otter attack in Rockland, central Maine residents are on edge when they see wild animals. But the officials who deal with those animals are cautioning people against worrying too much when they see a fox or raccoon.
Maine Author Explores The Changing American Border With Canada
Maine Public - Monday, July 16, 2018 

Since September 11 — and, more recently, under the Trump administration — the Maine border with Canada, which used to be more porous, is now hardened. It was during this period of hardening that writer Porter Fox, himself a native of Maine's border region, embarked upon a trip along America's northern border, from Maine all the way to Washington state. His new book, "Northland: A 4,000-mile Journey Along America's Forgotten Border," documents that trip, and looks at how things have changed in the last couple of decades.
Canadian ferry firm proposes 5-year lease, $1M minimum total payment for Bar Harbor site
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 16, 2018 

In a proposal to base The CAT in Bar Harbor, the Canadian firm that operates high-speed ferry service between Maine and Nova Scotia says it will spend $3 million in infrastructure improvements to the idle Route 3 property and will pay the town at least $200,000 in annual rent for five years.
Belgrade marina permit stirs debate at scenic lakeside area
Kennebec Journal - Monday, July 16, 2018 

Shawn Grant runs Brightside Marina on scenic Great Pond Outlet Stream off Hulin Road in the village, and his application for a commercial business permit — recently denied by the Planning Board — is the subject of a hearing Wednesday by the town’s Board of Appeals. The permit denial also led the town to issue an order for him to cease operating the commercial part of the marina. The marina operation itself also has caused some controversy.
Wildfire burns half-acre on small Belgrade island
Kennebec Journal - Monday, July 16, 2018 

About a half-acre of land burned Friday afternoon in a wildfire that started on a small island in a Belgrade pond and which state officials say was caused by an illegal campfire. It’s not clear if anyone has been charged in connection with the fire.
Portland developer solicits bids for marina expansion with space for ‘mega yachts’
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 16, 2018 

A Portland developer is soliciting public bids for a marina expansion tied to an ambitious redevelopment of Portland’s eastern waterfront. The marina expansion will more than double the number of boat slips at the current 58 Fore Street marina and make space for “mega yachts.” Expanding the marina is the first step in a 10-acre redevelopment of the former Portland Co. property by Portland Foreside Development Co., the development partnership’s current iteration.
Four rescuers and a helicopter get hiker with broken ankle off Bigelow Mountain
Kennebec Journal - Monday, July 16, 2018 

A hiker from London, England, who broke her ankle, was rescued early Friday by emergency responders from West Peak of Bigelow Mountain. It was a joint rescue effort from several agencies to reach injured hiker Jennifer Custer, 38, atop Bigelow Mountain, according to the Maine Warden Service.
Much of the heart of downtown Bath being sold
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 16, 2018 

The Sagadahock Real Estate Association, which has owned vast portions of the downtown since the 19th century, is selling off its properties and making way for new owners. The character of Bath’s downtown is an important selling point for the city. The small, walkable retail area has found a way to survive in the era of the big box store.
Along Maine’s Down East coast, seaweed stirs an international controversy
Washington Post - Monday, July 16, 2018 

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is pondering whether seaweed is a plant — which would make it the property owners’ — or an animal, which would mean it could be harvested by anyone, like fish from the sea. Renee Gray, the administrator in this town of 1,300, said the long dispute has left everyone confused about who can do what. She threw up her arms over conflicting maps of seaweed areas, complaint calls from constituents and shrugs from the marine police. Property owners believe the harvesting is ravaging the watery nurseries that shelter and feed a vast array of fish and wildlife. “Our operation is absolutely sustainable,” said Jean-Paul Deveau, president of Acadian Seaplants.
Auburn considers future of agricultural land
Sun Journal - Monday, July 16, 2018 

The debate over how to best take advantage of the city’s vast agricultural zone continued Monday as the City Council reviewed the results of a recent study and committee recommendations. But even the chief recommendation from the ad-hoc committee made up of local farmers — to create a permanent agriculture commission — received pushback from Mayor Jason Levesque.
You can eat lots of Maine’s wild plants
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, July 16, 2018 

Who knew so many wild plants in Maine’s fields and forests are edible? Well, Tom Seymour does, of course, because he’s been eating them his entire life. The third edition of Tom’s guide, Wild Plants of Maine, is truly amazing.
Opinion: I love solar!
Morning Sentinel - Monday, July 16, 2018 

The 26 solar panels installed at my house about 19 months ago generate more electricity than I use in a month, except in the darkest winter months. In the summer, my panels more than make up for that deficit. It was a great decision to install the solar panels. So, “I love solar!” ~ Jonathan G. Rogers, Benton
Opinion: Taking action to curb climate change could throw lifeline to Maine lobsters
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 16, 2018 

Our fisheries are the second largest industry in the state, earning $569,173,090 in 2017. Our fisheries have high economic and cultural value in the state, and we need to act to protect them for the future. The United States needs to take more initiative in combating global climate change at the federal level, and citizens must continue to urge our elected officials to advocate for pro-environmental regulations in Congress. If we work to reverse rising ocean temperatures, we have a chance to not only protect our fisheries in the Gulf of Maine, but also rebuild collapsed fisheries elsewhere. ~ Madeleine Fenderson, Environment America, and Jason Goldstein, Wells National Estuary Research Reserve
CMP touts benefits of power line project in Farmington
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, July 15, 2018 

About 100 people gathered at Mt. Blue High School on Monday night to ask questions of Central Maine Power Co. officials about a proposed Quebec-to-Massachusetts power line, many of them silently voicing opposition through signs and stickers that featured an “X” over the words “CMP’s Line.”
Blog: The Northern Bobwhite Calls for a New Ethic
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, July 15, 2018 

The coming of the Anthropocene is such a profound change that it calls for us to develop a new, fundamentally different ethic. We need to recognize that nature exists not solely to satisfy human needs. Second, recognizing this intrinsic value of nature means that some places should be set aside for natural processes to work without human interference. This is the idea behind rewilding. Wild areas are those without human management so rewilding calls for humans to get out of the way so that nature can be as it will. Third, when natural events wreak havoc with human culture, we can no longer place all the blame on “acts of God.” We now must look to ourselves and understand how human actions may have contributed to the change in natural systems. Fourth, we need to acknowledge the first law of ecology: Everything is connected to everything else. ~ Mark W. Anderson
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