November 18, 2018  
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Speak up for smart solar policy
Action Alert - Monday, July 31, 2017 

We truly have one last chance to pass a solar bill this legislative session. To get it done, we need to reach out to legislators one more time before August 2nd—the scheduled date for the veto override vote. ~ Maine Audubon
Override solar bill veto
Action Alert - Monday, July 31, 2017 

Governor LePage has vetoed the solar bill, LD 1504, for no good reason — despite widespread support. His actions could threaten good-paying solar jobs, our environment, and our future. ~ Maine Conservation Voters
Maine needs a strong solar policy
Action Alert - Monday, July 31, 2017 

Governor LePage vetoed the solar bill, LD 1504, despite overwhelming bipartisan support of the bill in both the House and Senate. The bill comes back for a veto override vote on August 2. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Sharp-tailed Sparrow Workshop and Field Trip, Aug 5
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 29, 2017 

Join Maine Audubon naturalist Doug Hitchcox to unravel the complexities of sharp-tailed sparrow identification. At Scarborough Marsh, August 5, 8-10 am, Maine members $1; non-members $13.
Acadia art, Aug 4
Announcement - Friday, July 28, 2017 

An exhibit of paintings, the Acadia Series: 2014-2017, by artist Christopher S. Tietjen will open at Schoodic Institute in Acadia National Park, August 4, reception 7-10 pm.
Land for Maine's Future, July 26
Announcement - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

LMF has helped protect more than 600,000 acres of land in Maine through matching funds. Guests: Kate Dempsey, The Nature Conservancy in Maine; David Trahan, Sportsman's Alliance of Maine; Jeff Romano, Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Maine Public Radio, July 26, 1 pm.
“Bringing Nature Home” in Maine, Jul 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Join Maine Audubon’s Director of Education, Eric Topper, to explore the plants, practices and perks involved in restoring native food webs in our gardens, yards and communities. At Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, July 26, 5:30 pm.
Little Swan Island Evening Paddle, Jul 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Leader: Warren Whitney. At Richmond, July 26, 5:30-7:30 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Exploring the Night Sky, Jul 25
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

Discover the wonders of the night sky with astronomer Bernie Reim. At Scarborough Marsh, July 25, 8:30-9:30 pm, Maine Audubon members $6, non-members $8.
Recreational Fishing, Jul 24
Announcement - Monday, July 17, 2017 

Hear from experts on what fishing means to Maine's culture and economy, best places to go, ways to get started. Guests: Mac McKeever, LL Bean senior public relations representative; Bonnie Holding, Director of Information and Education, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Maine Public Radio, July 24, 1 pm.
Maine Open Farm Day, Jul 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 16, 2017 

Maine has about 8,200 farm operations statewide, worth more than $740 million, not including face-to-face sales. Officially, more than 60 farms in all 16 counties are open July 23, although historically many other farms also open their doors to piggy-back on the event.
Summer Nature Journaling, Jul 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 15, 2017 

Join Master Naturalist Andrea Lani to explore the worlds of wildflowers and insects beginning with an introduction to nature journaling, then heading into the woods and fields to observe, sketch, and write about the bugs and blooms you discover. At Viles Arboretum, Augusta, July 22, 10 am - 2 pm, Arboretum members $35, others $45.

Rainbow Loop Trail Grand Opening, Jul 21-22
Event - Posted - Friday, July 14, 2017 

Celebration in Millinocket, July 21, 5-7 pm. 6-mile hike on the spectacular Rainbow Loop Trail, July 22 at 8:30 am and 9:30 am. Sponsored by The Nature Conservancy.
Native Plant Walk, Jul 20
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 13, 2017 

Explore the habitats at Fields Pond with Heather McCargo and learn to recognize some of the wildflowers, ferns, shrubs and trees native to Maine. At Fields Pond, Holden, July 20, 10-11:30 am, Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project members $7; non-members $10.
Happy Birthday, Henry
Announcement - Wednesday, July 12, 2017 

Henry David Thoreau, American poet, author, naturalist, philosopher, abolitionist, and leading Transcendentalist, was born on July 12, 1817 in Concord, Mass.
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Opinion: Indigenous Issues and the Newly-Elected Governor, Janet Mills
Other - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

Newly-elected Governor Janet Mills is known for her work in opposition to Indigenous issues during her time as Attorney General. Three of the most pressing issues are presented in the following essay, along with steps in moving forward. ~ Dawn Neptune Adams
Record growth for bald eagles in northern New England
Associated Press - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

Bald eagles are in the midst of record population growth in northern New England, where America’s national bird could soon find itself removed from all state endangered lists. The eagle was once completely gone from Vermont and New Hampshire and down to just 21 pairs in Maine. But wildlife officials and conservationists in the three states said the bird is repopulating fast, to the point where it has become a threat to rarer species in some areas. Wildlife officials attributed the bird’s comeback to habitat and environmental protection measures, such as the ban on the pesticide DDT, a change that made it easier for birds of prey like eagles to reproduce successfully.
How to start your own mealworm farm
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

Sometimes the best way to save a buck on feed is to make it yourself. A do-it-yourself mealworm farm is a cheap and easy way to make treats for your farm fowl from the comfort of your own home. Mealworm cuisine is an adventurous experiment, though some still squirm at the thought of eating worms. Even if you don’t plan to add mealworms to your diet, your chickens will thank you for the locally sourced treats.
Great stories of logging in the Maine Woods
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

It took a lot of wood to make Great Northern in Millinocket the largest paper mill in the world. And in his new book, "Logging Towboats and Boom Jumpers," published by North Country Press, Roger Moody gives us an interesting account of how O.A. Harkness built a specialized inland navy to get all that wood to the mill.
To keep old growth out of new shirts, fashion turns to technology
Bloomberg News - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

More than 150 million trees are cleared every year, shipped around the world, then pulped and processed into viscose – aka rayon, the cheap, silk-ish fabric most mass-market brands can’t survive without. It’s nearly impossible to know whether it originated in American tree farms or Indonesian old growth forests. Unless someone’s paying attention. So several brands spent the last year helping the Canadian nonprofit Canopy build a website called Forest Mapper that uses satellite imagery and conservation research to identify the forests that scientists say need to be left alone.
With boots firmly planted in Japan, L.L. Bean kicks up growth
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

L.L. Bean opened its 28th Japanese store in eastern Tokyo last month, even as it beefed up new deals to sell its products at more Japanese retail stores. Sales continue to increase each year. Here's the inside story of the Freeport company's improbable and sustained success in one of the world's toughest retail markets for outsiders.
CMP warned of ‘working off the same playbook’ that stymied New Hampshire energy project
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

Experts outside of Maine who are watching Avangrid/CMP struggle see parallels between what happened in New Hampshire and what’s unfolding in Maine. They wonder what lessons Avangrid/CMP learned from the experience of Northern Pass. And looking at a bigger picture, they wonder whether any major overhead transmission project can gain enough support these days to be built in New England.
Get busy with botany at Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

It’s Sunday, don’t you feel like seeing some art, especially an exhibit with a sustainable twist? Pop over to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, which is showing select works by two artist-botanists who captured plant life in all its stunning glory, Kate Furbish and Edwin Hale Lincoln. The exhibit is meant to highlight the growing interest in botany as the American industrial age was taking off.
The incredible edible world of David Spahr
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

David Spahr, author of “Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada: A Photographic Guidebook to Finding and Using Key Species,” is the state’s authority on local edible mushrooms. For the self-taught Spahr, the Maine landscape is a giant potential pantry.
Anna McGinn is headed to her fifth international climate change meeting
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

UMaine graduate student Anna McGinn is gearing up for her fifth trip to the United Nations’ climate change negotiations, the annual gathering of world leaders that in 2015 led to the Paris Accord, a global agreement on taking measures to combat climate change. This time, the meetings are in Poland. But before McGinn heads overseas, she’s bringing simulations of the meeting to students throughout Maine and hoping to bring some of them along virtually. We talked to McGinn about how she is helping Maine students channel the needs of both far-flung countries and their own.
Strange and quirky hunting stories from Registered Maine Guides
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

Hunting season is not just about spending time in the woods, tracking deer and trying to bring home wild game meat. It’s about stories. And probably nobody has as many quirky or ridiculous stories of the woods as Registered Maine Guides. “Stories are part of what clients are paying for,” said Registered Maine Guide Mike Andreotti of Thornehead Guide Service. We contacted a dozen guides for stories and found this to be true. Here are a few of them.
Column: It’s not what you say, it’s what you mean
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

Deer hunters have terms unique to their avocation. But terms and phrases instantly recognizable to fellow enthusiasts can be confusing to non-hunters, and occasionally even hunters. Let’s take still-hunting, for example. The word “still” seems to imply being motionless and quiet. But still-hunting actually refers to a hunter moving slowly, stopping frequently to look and listen. Hunters should be mindful of who might be within earshot lest you should rub them the wrong way, which could get you into a real scrape. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Scarborough provides perfect spot for November outing
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

There are always a few days in November that provide some of the best paddling outings of the year. Bold blue sky, crystal clear water, enough fall colors left to keep your camera busy, that special feeling of a face alive and pulsating from the caress of a light breeze, and a body kept warm and toasty by the low-angled sun, and your trusty fleece and windbreaker. We recently headed to Scarborough’s winding Nonesuch River for three hours of exploring just inland from the open ocean at Pine Point. ~ Michael Perry
Column: Look into the abyss at gorgeous Gulf Hagas
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

The Rim Trail follows Gulf Hagas for about three miles, with the gorge becoming deeper and deeper, and the falls becoming more and more spectacular. The trail rises and falls with the rim, sometimes offering expansive views from high above the water, and sometimes getting close enough for you to step onto rocks in the river. Here is where the scale of Gulf Hagas becomes apparent; at its deepest point the walls of the gorge are more than 100 feet high. Make sure you’re wearing sturdy footwear and exercise extreme caution, especially in slippery conditions. ~ Jake Christie
Letter: Mills should continue LePage’s fiscal restraint
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

Though a difficult person for many, not an environmentalist and not diplomatic in anyone’s book, Gov. LePage has been trustworthy with the finances of the state. Governor-elect Janet Mills is experienced and good. Let us hope she will not discard the previous administration’s attention to keeping financial matters balanced and will be grateful for Maine’s improved fiscal position. ~ Joseph R.D. deKay, Hiram
Letter: Who brings an infant along on a hunting trip?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

Has the world gone completely mad? Hunter Christine Barnes, shown carrying her infant son on opening day, brings the question to the fore. How can anyone justify exposing a 7-month-old baby to the inherent dangers of errant bullets being discharged in the forest during prime hunting season? Every year there are reports of accidental injuries to and even deaths of hunters and others. This baby is even shown wearing a furry, animal-pelt-like jacket. Is there no law establishing age limits for kids on hunting trips? How about “reckless endangerment of a minor”? This infant had no choice in the decision to go hunting. ~ Gail W. Veliger, Cape Elizabeth
Letter: With election over, Maine needs development agenda that deals with climate change
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

With the midterms behind us, we are presented with an opportunity to set out a new agenda for social and economic development in Maine, in a time and place specifically affected by climate change. We already feel its impacts on weather, fisheries, tourism and more. Governor-elect Mills should convene the best of Maine’s talent to look forward to a new development vision, one that accepts the challenge of climate change and defines new solutions, one that lays out a plan based on our unique natural wealth. ~ Peter Neill, World Ocean Observatory
Letter: CMP’s powerline would help climate
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, November 18, 2018 

With devastating wildfires in California, an ever-evolving climate, and unstable oil costs, Central Maine Power’s New England Clean Energy Connect is something we should all be embracing. According to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we have only a dozen years to address this problem before things get even more out of hand. If Massachusetts and the rest of New England are using less oil and more hydropower, that will translate into healthier air for all of us to breathe and add greater relief to our wallets at the same time. ~ Michael Hall, Augusta [According to a 2017 Avangrid report, a Michael Hall is director of a nonprofit in Augusta that got a grant from Avangrid. ]
Column: University of Maine will start testing ticks for disease
Sun Journal - Saturday, November 17, 2018 

Most of us who spend time outdoors have had encounters with deer ticks, the bad ones, or know someone with Lyme disease. When it comes to ticks, the best defense is a good offense. After a day in the woods or the garden, always check yourself for ticks. What’s a good anti-tick spray? UMaine professor Jim Dill, a tick expert, and many others in the know, highly recommend a spray for your clothes only that contains the ingredient Permethrin. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
The kick off to the holiday season marks a busy time at West Gardiner’s Foggy Moon Farm
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, November 17, 2018 

The weeks leading up to the winter holiday season are the busiest for Judy and Tom Abbott. While all the holiday turkeys and pork were all spoken for by the end of September, the care and feeding continues. For 15 years, they have been raising and selling turkeys from their West Gardiner Foggy Moon Farm. About five years ago, they added pigs and two years later, they added cattle. “The hardest time of the year is when everyone starts eating more,” Abbott said.
New Partnership Could Boost Ridership For Greater Portland Metro
Maine Public - Saturday, November 17, 2018 

The Greater Portland Metro Bus system is being asked to be a partner in a mixed-use development planned for the site of the former Pike Industries quarry in Westbrook. The developers say they can access millions of dollars in tax free bond money if Metro leases the project's roadway infrastructure. Developer Waterstone would actually give Metro the money to make the lease payments. General Manager Greg Jordan says Metro is interested in the development because of its potential to generate transit ridership.
Sabattus hunter shot in Topsham after girlfriend slips on ice, fires shotgun
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 17, 2018 

A Sabattus man was shot during a Saturday morning hunting trip in Topsham when his girlfriend, 21-year-old Sasha Leslie, also of Sabattus, slipped on ice and her shotgun went off. Joshua Stark, 25, was shot in the hip off of Cathance Road in Topsham around 7:30 a.m. and taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland, about 30 miles south, according to Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service. He is expected to survive the injury.
They can bag more deer elsewhere, but hunters set their sights on Maine
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 17, 2018 

When Ronald McAlpine of Jacksonville, Florida, hunts for white-tailed deer in his home state, he can shoot as many as he wants. Florida has no bag limit. So why does he come each fall to Maine, which has had a bag limit of one deer for almost a century? "The bigger deer in Maine,” McAlpine said. “Most people would like the opportunity to hunt in Maine.” Out-of-state hunters say the allure of bigger bucks and the challenge of hunting in uncrowded woods brings them to Maine. And more of them are coming. This year, Maine issued 84,745 any-deer permits – the most since the state went to a permit system in 1986. Nearly 5 percent – 3,906 – were given to out-of-state hunters. It’s the largest number of non-resident permits since 2007.
Flying squirrel colonies not the best roommates
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 17, 2018 

The last thing a homeowner needs is a colony of flying squirrels living in their walls or attics, but should that happen, there are ways to get flying squirrels out of your house. “The best thing is to seal up the entire house and block any holes or cracks where they may be getting in,” said Randy Canarr of Maine Wildlife Management. “Animals like squirrels, rats, mice or other rodents inside a home are signs of a faulty and porous house that is open enough to let them in.”
Letter: The long view: CMP power line proposal hurts Maine
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 17, 2018 

I’ve been a Maine Guide since 1987. I’ve led countless wilderness adventures. I have a thorough understanding and appreciation for our wilderness, and I have serious concerns over the risks of this power line proposal. The proposed 145-mile Central Maine Power line going over the western mountains region and the Kennebec River. will negatively affect the environment and Maine’s economy, and I’m gravely concerned about the devastating impact the power line would have on the therapeutic value of Maine’s wilderness. As an adventure-based counselor, I intentionally take clients into the wild to expose them to the therapeutic nature of wilderness settings because contact with nature offers a wide range of health benefits. ~ Rod Nadeau, North Yarmouth
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