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Stand with Hunter in opposing Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court
Action Alert - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Hunter Lachance, a 15-year-old Mainer with asthma, testified against the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. He explained why Kavanaugh’s opposition to curbing air pollution that crosses state lines would harm Maine and people like him. Urge Senator Collins to vote “no” on Brett Kavanaugh. ~ Kristin Jackson, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Weasels of Maine, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Shevenell Webb, Wildlife Biologist with IF&W, talks about weasel ecology and natural history. At Augusta Nature Club luncheon, at Capital Area Technical Center, Augusta, September 26, 11:30 am, $7 for lunch.
Solar 101, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Join ReVision Energy to learn about the benefits of solar technology. At Scarborough Public Library, September 26, 2018 6:30 pm.
Activist Training for Maine's Environment, Sep 27-Oct 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Maine's environmental community is hosting a series of trainings. Learn skills to be a powerful activist and meet fellow environmentalists who want to make a difference in Maine. September 27, Biddeford; October 4: Auburn; October 11, Jefferson; October 18, Falmouth.
Naturalist's Notebook, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Bowdoin biology professor Nat Wheelwright will speak about the book he wrote with Bernd Heinrich, "The Naturalist's Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You." At Portland Public Library, September 26, 5:30-7:30 pm.
NRCM online auction, thru Sep
Announcement - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

Online auction benefits Natural Resources Council of Maine, through September.
Help wanted: Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is seeking applications for the position of Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications. The position provides leadership in advancing NRCM and the organization’s advocacy work through the news media. Deadline: October 11, 2018.
MCV Action Fund 2018 Endorsements
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

A list of candidates endorsed by the Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund.
Bringing an ocean perspective to an urban estuary, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Karina Nielsen, director of San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science Center, will speak at the UMaine Darling Marine Center, Walpole, September 24, 12:15 pm.
Maine's Beaches are Public Property, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Author and law professor Orlando E. Delogu speaks about public access to Maine’s beaches. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, September 24, 6:30 pm.
Why Natural History Matters, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Tom Fleischner, Executive Director of the Natural History Institute, will describe how the practice of natural history provides the foundation for the natural sciences, conservation, healthy society, and our own well-being. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, September 24, 7 pm, Maine Audubon members $12, nonmembers $15.
Save our Shores Walk, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Learn how climate change may affect our shores and how CLF is working to ensure a resiliant Maine coast. At Ferry Beach, Saco, September 23, 2:30-5 pm. Sponsored by Conservation Law Foundation.
Help restore cottontail habitat, Sep 22, 28, 29
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge will host a volunteer work day to help restore native scrubland habitat, home to many species including the New England cottontail rabbit. Volunteers needed. At Libby Field, Scarborough, Sep 22, 28, 29, 9 am - 2 pm.
Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay, Sep 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

Maine Audubon Staff Naturalist Doug Hitchcox and Dick Anderson lead this 50th excursion. Board the boat in Boothbay Harbor for a trip across Sheepscot Bay to the Sasanoa River, then up the Kennebec River to Merrymeeting Bay, September 22, 8 am - 1 pm, Maine Audubon members $60, nonmembers $85.
National Parks Free Entrance, Sep 22
Announcement - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone on September 22, National Public Lands Day.
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A technological match made in Newport
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

Tucked in a residential neighborhood in Newport rests what some might consider the world’s greatest matchmaker. It’s not people who are coupled, but drumsticks. The site, now under the ownership of the Avedis Zildjian Company (famous for its cymbals), churns out approximately 5 million pairs of sticks each year. Its hickory and maple products are matched by color, weight and even the frequency of sound they make when struck — a complex variable no competitor has figured out precisely how to account for.
Sea monsters
UMaine Today - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

In the past century, sea level along the Maine coast has risen about 7.5 inches. However, over the last 20 years, global sea level rise rates have almost doubled. In 2014, with funding from Maine Sea Grant, John Cannon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, began collaborating with university researchers who have access to powerful computer models and the latest ocean data. “We can actually predict how areas will flood, and how to apply the information to other areas, such as rebuilding seawalls or making dunes taller for coastal adaptation and flood mitigation,” says Dongmei Xie, who conducted Ph.D. research at UMaine. Xie also has generated maps predicting flooding with different sea level rise scenarios.


Opinion: The Trump administration’s deregulation efforts are saving billions of dollars
Washington Post - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

Since President Donald Trump took office, farmers can more productively use their land. Small businesses can hire more workers and provide more affordable health care. Innovators are freer to pursue advances in autonomous vehicles, drones and commercial space exploration. Veterans enjoy expanded access to doctors through a telehealth program. And infrastructure can be improved more quickly with streamlined permitting requirements. Over the past two years, federal agencies have reduced regulatory costs by $23 billion and eliminated hundreds of burdensome regulations. We’re projecting even more reform in 2019. ~ Naomi Rao, Office of Management and Budget
Orrington fifth-grader bags 5-pointer on Youth Deer Day
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

Thomas Pelkey, a 10-year-old fifth-grader, showed up at the local tagging station on Saturday morning as an “old” veteran of the Youth Deer Day scene. As they say, he’s even got the hat (and rifle) to prove it. For the past 13 years, Bob Bastey, the owner of Bob’s Kozy Korner store, has offered young hunters who tag a deer at his establishment a guaranteed prize, and a chance at a bigger reward. Every youth hunter gets a hunter orange “Bob’s Kozy Korner” hat upon registering a deer. And at the end of the season, one lucky youth walks away with a .243 Savage hunting rifle. On Saturday, Pelkey showed up wearing one of those hats. And he shot his 5-pointer with the .243 Savage he won in the 2016 drawing.
Issues in the governor’s race: Energy policy
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

Viewed through a lens of energy policy, this election of Maine’s next governor will be a referendum on the direction set over eight years by outgoing Gov. Paul LePage. It could read: Will Maine build a robust framework for renewable energy, or prop up existing fossil fuel systems? The candidates take different stands on:
• New England Clean Energy Connect
• PUC chairman
• Home heating
• Natural Gas
• Net metering
• Maine Aqua Ventus/UMaine offshore wind
• Land-based wind
• Biomass
Green movement grows brighter on campuses in Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

Maine academic institutions have led and continue to lead the charge nationally. Last week, Bowdoin College opened the Roux Center for the Environment, built to meet LEED platinum standards. Unity College was the first college in the nation to open a passive house residence hall. Colby College ranks second for “air and climate” on the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s 2017 rankings for green schools across the nation. Bates College is ranked fourth on the same association’s list for energy use last year.
Camden mountain obstacle race a worthy test
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

It’s fitting that my first running race in 20 years had hurdles. And that the volunteers on the Ragged Mountain Scuttle course told me to clear these barriers with one leg out, in true track form. It’s fitting because 30 years ago I was an All-American high school hurdler, the New York state champion in the 400 hurdles and the state record-holder. And because I came to Camden to overcome a few personal hurdles. ~ Deirdre Fleming
Artist ‘redesigns’ recycled fabrics into new clothes
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

Sandra Deprey of Frenchville is a longtime dog groomer and artist who is now developing her skills as a “fashion redesigner,” using recycled fabrics as her medium. Her work, sold under the name Carry the Memory, transforms old sweaters into tunics and T-shirts into boho skirts.
Get busy on new Brunswick bike trails
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

Here’s a great opportunity to celebrate a collaborative effort between the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and the Six Rivers Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association. Put down this paper and get outside! The organizations are throwing a party to debut four new miles of mountain bike trails at Brunswick Landing. The trails are all introductory, so the event is good for all ages. Don’t have a mountain bike? Two Brunswick bike shops are chipping in to help. Center Street Cycle will be on hand with 12 Specialized Stumpjumper bikes for attendees to try out. Gorham Bike & Ski will offer bike repair and mechanics workshops. Trail rides from 10 a.m. to noon on October 21.
UNH professor Tom Haines explores sources of fuel and how they can change
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

Tom Haines’ new book, “Walking to the Sun: A Journey through America’s Energy Landscapes,” is about his trips to places in America where forms of energy are either being extracted (oil, gas, coal) or harvested or utilized (water, wind, sun). He was exploring in a literal sense (on foot) and also a figurative one – how can humans move from fossil fuels to renewables? “The book is really looking at industrial-scale stuff,” he said. “And how can the system be changed?”
Column: An unsentimental education in troublesome horsetail
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

With gardeners growing more native plants all of the time, there is still one native many hate to see. It is among the most ancient natives, dating back to the Devonian period, 350 to 400 million years ago. I’m talking about equisetum, which goes by the common name horsetail. ~ Tom Attwell
Column: Take advantage of the National Trails System Act, and go take a hike
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

In the company of two friends, I crested the craggy ledges atop Third Mountain along the Appalachian Trail several weeks ago at the height of the fall foliage. We uttered a collective “wow” as we stood in awe of the extraordinary panorama before us, a kaleidoscope of brilliant colors as far as the eye could see, muted not at all by the steely gray skies above. Given the bounty of natural beauty before us, and with our feet firmly planted on America’s most beloved long footpath, the Appalachian Trail, it was an appropriate time and place to mark the 50th anniversary of the monumental legislation that forever altered the landscape of trails and hiking and backpacking in this country. ~ Carey Kish
Column: Managing deer herd is a daunting task
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

Maine has a new plan for long-term management plan for our big-game species. A previous one called for a statewide deer population objective of 384,000. In 2001, the state's deer biologist said, “If we can succeed in restoring winter habitat to the north and east, and solve the access problem, we can safely winter 480,000 deer and hold the harvest at 50,000 deer.” The population goal in the most recently adopted big–game management plan is 210,000 deer by 2033. That’s roughly half of the previous objective and well below the optimum sustained yield level. It means even fewer any-deer permits in the future. The most obvious solution to growing the herd is improving winter habitat, which can be a daunting task in a state where 90-some percent of the forested land is private. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Wayne’s wonderful on a fall day
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

October is one of the most beautiful months to go paddling in Maine. Vibrant fall colors and migrating birds make for memorable outings. Pocasset Lake and Pickerel Pond in Wayne provide two distinct experiences. Pocasset offers open water paddling and expansive views. Although the lake has many cottages along the shoreline, this time of year things are pretty quiet. Pickerel is connected to Pocasset and offers remote paddling along grass-ringed marshes, providing a cozy and serene setting. ~ Michael Perry
DIFW expanding protection of native brook trout and charr
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Saturday, October 20, 2018 

The Department of Inland Fisheries and wildlife has stepped up big time to expand protection of our native brook trout and Arctic charr. Recently, they went public with their proposal.
Column: 'Too much country, too short a life' for hunters
Sun Journal - Saturday, October 20, 2018 

Sooner or later in our lives, most of us contemplate our own mortality. Those of us who really love the deer woods tend to use the number of deer seasons left as yardstick of our days. It is said, though, that most deer hunters go through stages, and tend to lose their ardor for the hunt in the twilight of their lives. Elk hunter, writer Fred Benton probably spoke for all of us diehard hunters when he wrote: “Every hunter, at some point, realizes that elk country gets bigger, steeper and tougher, more exhausting and less accessible as the seasons pass. What it comes down to is too much country, too short a life.” ~ Paul V. Reynolds
Sue Hubbell, Milbridge beekeeping writer, dies at 83
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 20, 2018 

In the end, Sue Hubbell died as she had lived — her way. The author, essayist, farmer and beekeeper passed away Oct. 13, at the Bar Harbor home of her son Brian Hubbell, where she had been living since August. She was 83-years-old and had been dealing with dementia, according to family members. A month prior to her death, she announced she was taking matters into her own hands.
State refuses town request for more time on shellfish farm expansion
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 20, 2018 

Portsmouth Herald - The Maine Department of Marine Resources denied the town’s request to hold a second public hearing and delay a decision on the Spinney Creek Shellfish aquaculture expansion application. At the request of concerned residents who felt their interests were not fairly represented at the Sept. 27 adjudicatory hearing, Town Manager Kendra Amaral wrote a letter to DMR Commissioner Patrick Keliher on Oct. 12 requesting a scoping session be held and for the department to delay its decision. Spinney Creek Shellfish in Eliot seeks to expand oyster farming operations. The Friends of Spinney Creek collected 400 signatures on a petition opposing the application.
Aliens and body snatchers
UMaine Today - Saturday, October 20, 2018 

Research by Eleanor Groden, a professor of entomology at the University of Maine, research focuses on understanding the brown-tail moth’s natural enemies — the various parasitoids, fungi and viruses that target the caterpillars — that may be used to help curb the rapidly expanding moth populations affecting Maine’s communities.
Be the Hummingbird; Be the Bear
Earth Island Journal - Saturday, October 20, 2018 

Which one of us did not hold our newborn babies in our trembling arms and whisper, I will always love you. I will keep you safe. I will give you the world. We didn’t mean, I will give you whatever is left scattered and torn on the table after the great cosmic going-out-of-business sale. But in the face of climate change, what does this promise mean? What will be that force that stands in the way of the reckless destruction of lives, if it is not the power of those who give and support life? — the mothers and grandmothers, the aunties and godmothers, the women who love the children. ~ Kathleen Dean Moore
Mainers are voting on five ballot questions this fall
Maine Environmental News - Saturday, October 20, 2018 

Mainers are voting on five ballot questions this fall:
• Q1 is a 3.8% tax hike on high income earners to pay for a Home Care Program for seniors and people with disabilities.
• Q2 directs $30 million over the next decade to Maine municipalities where subpar septic systems are leaking untreated stormwater and sewage into the ocean, lakes and rivers.
• Q3 invests $106 million into maintenance of the state’s roads and bridges.
• Q4 provides $49 million, matched by another $49 million in public and private money, to Maine’s university system to modernize and improve facilities across the seven campuses.
• Q5 provides $15 million to improve educational programs by upgrading facilities at all 7 of Maine's community colleges.
DIFW expanding protection of native brook trout and charr
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Saturday, October 20, 2018 

The Department of Inland Fisheries and wildlife has stepped up big time to expand protection of our native brook trout and Arctic charr. Recently, they went public with their proposal.
State refuses town request for more time on shellfish farm expansion
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 20, 2018 

Portsmouth Herald - The Maine Department of Marine Resources denied the town’s request to hold a second public hearing and delay a decision on the Spinney Creek Shellfish aquaculture expansion application. At the request of concerned residents who felt their interests were not fairly represented at the Sept. 27 adjudicatory hearing, Town Manager Kendra Amaral wrote a letter to DMR Commissioner Patrick Keliher on Oct. 12 requesting a scoping session be held and for the department to delay its decision. Spinney Creek Shellfish in Eliot seeks to expand oyster farming operations. The Friends of Spinney Creek collected 400 signatures on a petition opposing the application.
Opinion: Transmission project a bad bet for Maine
Sun Journal - Friday, October 19, 2018 

New Hampshire said “no thanks” to the proposed Northern Pass project that would allow immense amounts of hydroelectric power to flow from Quebec to Southern New England. We encourage the Maine Public Utilities Commission to make the same decision. ReEnergy owns and operates four biomass-to-energy facilities in Maine (in Ashland, Fort Fairfield, Livermore Falls and Stratton) that generate 155 megawatts of electricity. All of these facilities would be negatively impacted by the NECEC. Hydro Quebec’s power would be first in line and the resulting congestion would limit the ability for Maine generators to deliver into the grid. ~ Mark Thibodeau, regional manager, ReEnergy Biomass Operations
Court temporarily stops youth climate suit days before trial
Associated Press - Friday, October 19, 2018 

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday temporarily blocked a high-profile climate change lawsuit brought by young activists who accuse the federal government of violating their constitutional rights. The young people say government officials have known for more than 50 years that carbon pollution from fossil fuels was causing climate change and that policies on oil and gas deprive them of life, liberty and property. They also say the government has failed to protect natural resources as a “public trust” for future generations. Administrations have tried unsuccessfully to get the case dismissed, but the Trump administration tried again before the Oct. 29 trial as the court shifted to the right with the confirmation this month of Brett Kavanaugh.
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