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Sunset Puffin Cruise, Aug 7
Event - Posted - Friday, July 31, 2015 

An evening boat ride out of New Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock will circle the island several times for great views of puffins, terns, and other seabirds. Meet at New Harbor, August 7, 6:45 am – 8:45 pm, $35 members, $50 non-members, registration required. Sponsored by Maine Audubon.
Connecting the Dots in Toms River and Beyond, Aug 6
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 30, 2015 

Daniel Fagin, who won the Pulitzer Prize with “Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation,” will tell the story of a decades-long chemical catastrophe that culminated with one of the largest environmental legal settlements in history. At Marine & Environmental Research Institute, Blue Hill, Aug 6, 6 - 7 pm.
The Goslings Boat Tour, Aug 5
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 

West Gosling, East Gosling and Irony Island have been a popular stop for boaters for years, and no wonder, as their sandy beaches offer the perfect sunny picnic spot and their forests of conifers and hardwood provide midday shade. Meet at Freeport Town Wharf, August 5, 11:45 am – 2:45 pm, $25 MCHT members, $50 non-members, lunch included, registration required. Sponsored by Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change, Aug 3
Event - Posted - Monday, July 27, 2015 

Ken Druse will talk about “The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change.” At Garland Farm, Bar Harbor, Aug 3, 4 - 5:30 pm, $10 for Beatrix Farrand Society members, $20 for nonmembers. Registration required.
Food for Thought, Food for Life, Aug 3
Event - Posted - Monday, July 27, 2015 

A piercing look into America’s agricultural system and those working to make positive changes to it highlight this short film by Susan Rockefeller. At College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Aug 3, 6:30-8 p.m.
Androscoggin Paddle, Aug 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 25, 2015 

Paddle on the Androscoggin River from Gilead to Bethel. August 1, 9 am - 2 pm, $20, pre-register. Sponsored by Natural Resources Council of Maine.
Guided Bigelow Hike, Jul 31-Aug 2
Event - Posted - Friday, July 24, 2015 

Spend the day taking in the natural beauty of Western Maine. Bigelow Mountain is one of Maine’s 4000-foot peaks and while the hike is challenging, going with a guide provides information on the area as well as the comfort of hiking with a group. July 31, 8 am - 11:30 pm, Aug 1, 8 am - 11:30 pm, Aug 2, 8 am - 5 pm. Maine Huts & Trails members $187 for adults and $106 for youths; non-members $205 for adults and $115 for youths. Includes two nights of lodging, all meals and a guide for one day.
Merchant Row Tour, Jul 31
Event - Posted - Friday, July 24, 2015 

More than 50 islands lie in a stunningly beautiful archipelago between Deer Isle and Isle au Haut. MCHT owns and manages 10 island preserves in the archipelago. Spend the day touring this rich land- and sea-scape, including a stop at 48-acre Green Island for a picnic. July 31, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm, registration required, $25 MCHT members, $50 non-members, lunch included. Sponsored by Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
PPH Poll: Aroostook Wind Power
Action Alert - Sunday, July 19, 2015 

Portland Press Herald Poll: Should Maine DEP approve EDP Renewables’ application to build the East Coast’s largest wind farm in Aroostook County?
Norse Pond Nature Walk, Jul 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 18, 2015 

Bog Brook Cove Preserve is a 1,760 acre gem along the downeast coast. The Norse Pond Trail lets hikers cross much of the preserve’s diversity. July 25, 10 am – 1 pm, registration required. Sponsored by Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Whitney Woodlot Walk & Talk, Jul 24
Event - Posted - Friday, July 17, 2015 

Merle Ring, the Maine Forest Service District Forester, will lead a discussion on tree identification and woodlot management. Michele Windsor, Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District, will talk about invasive plant species found in the park and methods to control them. A representative of the Canton Park and Trail Committee will describe how the trail was developed and efforts to maintain it. At Whitney Brook Trail, Canton, July 24, 9 am.
History of the Maine Lobster Fishery, Jul 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 16, 2015 

From the first recorded Maine lobster catch in 1605 to the 127.2 million pounds caught in 2012, the history of this fishery is filled with incredible trials and tribulations. Join Cathy Billings, Associate Director of the University of Maine Lobster Institute, for a look into the more fascinating stories in the fishery timeline. At Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, July 23, 6:30 pm, members $5, nonmembers $7.
Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program Grants
Announcement - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 

The Nature Conservancy is seeking initial proposals for a new round of competitive grants from the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program. More than $3 million will be available for award in 2016 for those seeking to protect wetland and significant wildlife habitat in Maine.
Kids Conservation Field Day, Jul 22
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 

Children ages 6 to 12 will learn about Maine forests, wildlife, soils, and aquatic life in ponds, lakes and streams. At at Leonard’s Mills, Bradley, July 22, 9 am - 3 pm, $5.
Vinalhaven Basin Preserve Hike, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 14, 2015 

Basin Preserve, co-managed by Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Vinalhaven Land Trust, features 781 acres of protected forest and marsh surrounding the tidal basin itself. July 21, 8:30 am – 4 pm, registration required, $fee for ferry and parking. Sponsored by Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
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