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Why curing sick bats makes Maine a healthier place
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 22, 2017 

Bats are often thought of as scary, dirty and disease-ridden, but they are lovely and fascinating to Ann Rivers. The 62-year-old Rivers runs Acadia Wildlife Center, one of two full-time state-licensed facilities in Maine that rehabilitates many kinds of wild animal but specializes in saving bats. She nurses about 50 ailing bats annually brought to her by game wardens and anybody else who finds them. The rehabilitation is an important part of maintaining a vital species, she said.
When Maine burned: How the monster Fire of ’47 tested the state’s resilience and altered its landscape
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 22, 2017 

The walls of flames roared like tornadoes or locomotives across Maine’s wooded hillsides, devastating communities with a ferocity that didn’t distinguish between waterfront mansions or humble farmsteads. By the time rains finally fell on Oct. 29 – weeks after flames began popping up across the drought-stricken state – the fires had burned more than 200,000 acres, destroyed nearly 900 year-round homes, 400 seasonal houses and left an estimated 2,500 people homeless.
Possibility of another monster wildfire may not be as unlikely as you think
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 22, 2017 

Experts say a fire on the scale of the 1947 conflagration is less likely, given the improvements in communications, monitoring and firefighting equipment in Maine during the past 70 years. Maine’s wet climate, ecologically diverse forests and topography are different from that of many western states where massive spring- and summertime forest fires have unfortunately become the norm. Yet the late-fall fires near the Great Smoky Mountains in 2016 – which killed 14 and caused an estimated $500 million in damage in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, alone – underscored that large-scale, destructive forest fires are not merely a western problem.
Forest bathing catching on around coastal Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 22, 2017 

Forest bathing – the practice of walking slowly through the woods to benefit from nature – came to Maine in the last year, but the certified guides who offer this therapy believe it will explode, much like yoga. Forest therapy involves meditative exercises interspersed through a three-hour slow walk through the woods. Every 20 or 30 minutes the guide suggests a new exercise, then to provide the opportunity to observe the forest and consider their thoughts or simply the tranquility in nature. Then the group convenes in a council to share what they learned.
You’re the boss when greening your home office
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 22, 2017 

Here's how to conserve energy, paper and fuel, then recycle your equipment when its useful life is done.
New book encourages you to record your own observations of nature
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 22, 2017 

“The Naturalist’s Notebook,” written by two superb Maine naturalists, is an all-around pleasure. The attractively designed volume combines practical guidance, lucid prose, and precise and charming illustrations with a systematic path to seeing and understanding the natural world more deeply. The illustrations are by Bernd Heinrich, who is one of the writers as well as an emeritus professor of biology at the University of Vermont. His co-author is Nathaniel Wheelwright, a Bowdoin professor of natural sciences.
Column: A carnivore tries to figure out how to cut down on her meat consumption
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 22, 2017 

I’m not giving up meat, but I am cutting back on the amount of meat I serve to my family. To be clear, it’s still an everyday thing. Ounce for ounce, there is just less of it. I’m shooting for half, to be exact. In my slow but steady progression to present meat as a flavorful condiment to vegetable-forward entrees, I am always on the lookout for cuts of meat flavorful enough and cooking techniques simple enough to easily push my reducetarian agenda forward. This week I’m working on shanks. ~ Christine Burns Rudalevige
Column: Deer season approaches and decisions must be made
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 22, 2017 

This coming Saturday marks the opening of deer season, the day most Maine hunters look forward to with great anticipation. And if the number of any-deer permits given out this year is any indication, there should be a bumper crop of deer ready for harvest. Whatever your personal motivation is for heading afield this Saturday, remember it may be different, possibly quite different from others you encounter. Respect them. Enjoy your time and let them enjoy theirs, and above all be safe. Good luck. ~ Bob Humphrey
Letter: Senators should defend National Refuge in Alaska
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 22, 2017 

I write to urge Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King to defend against oil exploration and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a region that is home to over 200 species of birds, 37 species of land mammals, 25 species of fish and eight marine mammals along its coast. Drilling for oil in this region would provide a very limited benefit (virtually none of which will be seen by Mainers) with all the risks attendant to oil drilling. Then consider the downstream effects of pulling yet more hydrocarbons from below the Earth’s surface and spewing them into the atmosphere as global warming pollutants. ~ Claudia King, Portland
Colby volunteers, others haul discarded items away from Waterville’s South End
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, October 21, 2017 

The rubbish collection, financed by Colby College, was intended to help the neighborhod and get students more involved with the community in which they go to school.
EXCLUSIVE: Radical Mainers pressure Trump to kill Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Maine Environmental News - Saturday, October 21, 2017 

On Wednesday, a group of more than three-dozen extreme far-right organizations, trade associations, businesses, former public officials and current lawmakers sent a letter urging that President Donald Trump rescind four national monuments, including Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. Among the Mainers signing the letter are Stuart Kallgren of the Maine Woods Coalition, Jimmy Busque of the Fin & Feather Club, Mary Adams of the Maine Center-right Coalition, Victoria Bucklin of the Maine Chapter of U.S. Parents Involved in Education, Penny Morrell of Concerned Women for America of Maine, and Gordon Colby of Allen's Union Farms Blueberry Freezer.
Wild blueberry milk coming from Oakhurst in the spring
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 20, 2017 

Oakhurst Dairy plans to introduce a wild Maine blueberry milk this spring, and based on the response the announcement got on social media, there will be some eager customers. Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook already makes a blueberry milk. If the new flavor is a hit, that would be good news for wild blueberry growers in Maine. Blueberry farmers continue to increase the yield from the state’s 44,000 acres of blueberry fields.
Maine Warden Service seeking person who mortally wounded bald eagle
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 20, 2017 

The Maine Warden Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person who mortally injured a young bald eagle in a remote corner of Penobscot County northeast of Baxter State Park. The juvenile eagle was discovered badly wounded on the Whitehorse Road in T7-R7 WELS on the afternoon of Oct. 13. It had to be euthanized. Officials say it was shot with a shotgun.
Lawmakers propose fix to Maine’s food sovereignty law
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 20, 2017 

With the fate of 90 percent state’s locally raised beef, poultry and pork on the line, lawmakers scrambled Friday to reach a deal to fix a recently passed law that was designed to allow farmers to sell their goods directly to consumers on the farm. After a threat from the federal U.S. Department of Agriculture that could have shuttered five state-licensed slaughterhouses, as well as dozens of other meat-processing facilities including small poultry processors or custom meat cutters, the Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee unanimously passed a bill that clarifies the state’s food sovereignty law, which allows local governments to set regulations for face-to-face sales on the farm.
Panel Unanimously Supports Compromise Food Sovereignty Bill
Maine Public - Friday, October 20, 2017 

Earlier this year, Gov. Paul LePage signed a food sovereignty bill, designed to establish local control over the private sale of food by farmers to consumers. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture says that would violate federal food safety laws, which require inspections of meat and poultry. The Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee has come up with a compromise bill lawmakers will consider Monday.
Relive some of our best deer tales ever
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Friday, October 20, 2017 

It’s that time of year again — deer season is nearly upon us, and if you’re like me, you’re ready to start living vicariously through the hunting tales that you hear from others. Here are a few of my favorite big buck tales from the past few years.
More than 12 departments respond as brush fire burns several acres on Woolwich island
Coastal Journal - Friday, October 20, 2017 

Over a dozen fire departments assisted Woolwich Fire Department Friday in fighting a brush fire on a small island located at the end of Island Road. crews had trouble locating the fire at first due to widespread smoke, spread by wind. The Maine Forestry Service was called to assist, and a helicopter pilot spotted the fire burning on the island. Fighting the fire proved difficult. When crews first arrived, low tide made accessing water from the nearby Back River impossible. In the end, crews used multiple pumper trucks and nearly a mile of fire-hose to reach across a causeway onto the island. The owner of a cottage, Lisa Parker, rushed to the island as soon as she heard the news. Parker’s family has owned the island for over 50 years.
Island School Students Learn Ocean Science By Growing Kelp
Associated Press - Friday, October 20, 2017 

Students in Maine who have been learning about marine science will conclude their project by dropping kelp-growing lines in the water at the start of the winter growing season. The Peaks Island Elementary students have been participating in a program called KELP4KIDS, a 12-week curriculum for second- through fifth-graders. Kelp is grown as a crop in Maine for use in food and other products.
Opinion: Maine does not need a natural gas pipeline from Quebec
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 20, 2017 

This past month, Gov. LePage again proposed constructing a natural gas pipeline, this time to carry fuel from Quebec to Maine. Unfortunately, this proposal ignores the energy shift currently underway across the United States. The development of cheap, green energy and its proliferation is happening and developing pipelines that carry “dirty” fuels is simply short-sighted. The costs of wind and solar have fallen to the point that they are competitive with traditional energy sources. Therefore, the development of these renewables should be a priority because of the significantly lower health and environmental costs associated with them. ~ Olin Jenner of Portland and Beverly Roxby of Belfast, Sierra Club Maine
Letter: Maine needs climate action
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 20, 2017 

Climate change is already affecting Maine directly. Rising temperatures, which leads to growth in the population of ticks that carry Lyme disease, has affected both our residents and our moose population. Warming waters are hurting the lobster fishing economy. The Trump administration is ignoring the will of more than 8 million Americans and 1,100 health professionals who publicly supported the Clean Power Plan during the public comment period. We must advocate for smart regulation that helps the United States transition to renewable, innovative fuel sources. The Clean Power Plan is smart regulation. ~ Katherine Kirk, Brunswick
Letter: Has anyone seen where the birds went?
Morning Sentinel - Friday, October 20, 2017 

Where have all the birds gone? We live intown in Fairfield and my son lives in the Ridge Road — country setting, woods — and we both see almost no birds in our feeders. Usually the chicadees and gold finches are around all winter. Do they know something that we don’t know? I had one blue jay and the pigeons this week. ~ Alice Gilbert, Fairfield
Letter: National Solution Needed to help Nation’s ‘Tailpipe'
Times Record - Friday, October 20, 2017 

Maine is the “tailpipe of the nation.” Coal fired plants in the Mid West are causing our air to be unsafe some days and those gases are contributing to the acidification of the Gulf of Maine. The Clean Power Plan would have improved the health of our citizenry and our marine life. It would have also reduced the amount of greenhouse gases being pumped into the planet’s atmosphere and exacerbating $100 billion dollar storms and wildfires. Maine can work to cut pollution produced in Maine but we cannot affect the pollution coming from out of state. We need a national solution. We need to ask our Members of Congress to back a national carbon fee and dividend. ~ Dodie Jones, Citizens’ Climate Lobby-Brunswick
Kids taking charge of the Gulf of Maine’s future
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 19, 2017 

[Sponsored Content on BDN] “Maine coastal communities rely heavily on the Gulf of Maine as an economic driver, for recreation, and just as a way of life,” says the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s LabVenture! Program Manager Meredyth Eufemia Sullivan -- all reasons why it’s a critical ecosystem for kids in Maine to learn about. Fortunately, there’s Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s LabVenture! experience, a hands-on science education program that brings students from across the state to Portland to learn about the Gulf.
New rules approved for New England shrimp fishery, in case it ever reopens
Associated Press - Thursday, October 19, 2017 

New England’s shrimp fishery will be managed differently if it ever reopens. Fishermen haven’t been allowed to catch Maine shrimp since 2013. But the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission approved a new set of restrictions for the fishery Thursday in the event it does one day reopen.
Moscow Board of Selectmen advocates for solar power project
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, October 19, 2017 

The Moscow Board of Selectmen has sent a letter to Massachusetts energy officials supporting affiliates of NextEra Energy Inc. in their bid to provide clean solar power to that state as part of the Massachusetts Clean Energy request for proposals. The Wintergreen Solar Project is proposed for the site of the former Over The Horizon Backscatter Radar Station in Moscow and part of Caratunk, which first was mothballed in 1997, then finally dismantled in 2009. Cianbro Corp., of Pittsfield, and two investors from Massachusetts bought land and buildings owned for decades by the federal government in April 2012 and planned to develop energy-generating plants on the site as well as to attract other businesses. Plans included possible hydro power assets or wind turbines.
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