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Action Alert - Friday, August 23, 2019 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links to conservation and natural resource news and events in Maine (and a bit beyond; hey, we're all connected). We have posted summaries and links to 60,000 news articles and announcements. We also post breaking stories and exclusives. Be sure to check not only today's news, but take a look at the headlines from the past several days as well. Articles often come to our attention a few days after they are published. Follow us on Twitter @MaineEnviroNews. ~ Jym St. Pierre, Editor
Rangeley Outdoor Film Festival, Aug 30
Event - Posted - Friday, August 23, 2019 

The Rangeley Trail Town Festival features a variety of short films about the outdoors. At RFA Lakeside Theater, Rangeley, August 30, 7 pm, $6 for adults, $3 for Appalachian Trail hikers and children under 12.
LightHawk Paper Plane Contest
Announcement - Thursday, August 22, 2019 

Enter your best paper airplane design for a chance to have it mailed to thousands in LightHawk's 2019 Holiday Letter. Deadline: October 18, 2019.
BTLT Seeks Community Input on Future Conservation
Announcement - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust is seeking community input on its current and future conservation work in Brunswick, Topsham, and Bowdoin. A community survey is available online until September 2.
Butler to speak on conservation, Aug 27
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

Conservationist Gil Butler will discuss his efforts to establish outdoor education programs and conservation projects in Maine and throughout North and South America. At College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, August 27, 9 am, free, parking on campus is by permit only.
Solo Paddle of Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Aug 27
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

Laurie Apgar Chandler will read from and discuss her book “Upwards,” which tells her story as the first woman to solo paddle New England’s 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail. At Bailey Library, Winthrop, August 27, 6:30 pm.
Keeping Acadia Healthy With New Science, Aug 26
Event - Posted - Monday, August 19, 2019 

Abraham Miller-Rushing and Rebecca Cole-Will will discuss how Acadia National Park is facing a triple environmental challenge: global warming, acid rain, and increased visitation. At Bar Harbor, August 26, 5 pm.
Maine’s Seaweed Scene, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Monday, August 19, 2019 

Susan Hand Shetterly and Robin Hadlock Seeley will discuss the importance of protected wild habitats and the critical role of seaweed in the Gulf of Maine. At Moore Community Center, Ellsworth, September 26, 7 pm. Hosted by Downeast Audubon.
Bee apocalypse
Action Alert - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

U.S. agriculture today is 48 times more toxic to honeybees than it was 25 years ago—almost entirely because of neonicotinoid pesticides. It's part of an "insect apocalypse." But instead of taking action, the Trump administration is shredding protections for bees. Will you stand with me in the fight to save the bees? ~ Mayor Ethan Strimling, Portland, Maine
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery 20th Anniversary Retrospective Exhibit, thru Oct 11
Announcement - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

To celebrate Maine Farmland Trust’s 20th anniversary, a curated retrospective featuring a selection of works that have been exhibited at the MFT Gallery over the past 10 years is on view through October 11.
National Parks Free Entrance, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone to celebrate the National Park Service's 103rd birthday on August 25.
Brechlin reading, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

Earl Brechlin, a Registered Maine Guide, will read from his book, "Return to Moose River: In Search of the Spirit of the Great North Woods," essays describing white-water canoeing, snowmobiling, and backpacking adventures in many parts of Maine. At Albert Church Brown Memorial Library, China, August 25, 2 pm.
Kennebec Land Trust annual meeting, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

At Camp Androscoggin, Wayne, August 25. The trust has conserved more than 6,300 acres and constructed 44 miles of trails on KLT protected lands.
Maine Herpetological Society Reptile Expo, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 17, 2019 

50+ vendors, 1,000+ reptiles, plus Mr. Drew and His Animals Too. At Ramada Inn, Lewiston, August 25, 10 am - 4 pm, $7, kids under 12 free.
Families in the Outdoors, Aug 24
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 17, 2019 

Learn about all kinds of Maine bugs – the good, the bad and the very strange looking. At Law Farm, Dover-Foxcroft, August 24, 9 am - noon.
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Coming to Terms with Tragedy Through Art
Other - Friday, November 30, 2018 

An exhibit, "OTHERED: Displaced from Malaga" continues at University of Southern Maine Art Gallery in Gotham though December 9. It features the 42-acre island, where an interracial community of fishermen and laborers lived around the turn of the 19th century until their forced removal in 1912. Today, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a conservation organization, manages it.
Loon Echo Land Trust gets matching grant for project
Other - Friday, November 30, 2018 

Conway Daily Sun - Loon Echo Land Trust recently received a $50,000 grant from an anonymous foundation to match donations received for the acquisition of the Peabody-Fitch Woods, located in South Bridgton. This conservation effort forever protects the Bridgton Historical Society’s Narramissic Farm from development encroachment. The acquisition of 252 acres of land surrounding the 18th century farm reunites the original property and keeps its character intact. The land will create a new community space for recreation and educational programming and protect valuable natural resources.
Unable to Bury Climate Report, Trump & Deniers Launch Assault on the Science
Inside Climate News - Friday, November 30, 2018 

President Donald Trump's administration and its allies in the climate denial community have mounted a campaign to try to discredit the Fourth National Climate Assessment, an effort that has escalated in intensity since the report's release during the Thanksgiving weekend. Trump could not halt the peer-reviewed assessment by the U.S. government's climate scientists. The report is mandated by a law Congress passed in 1990. But after an attempt to minimize the attention it received, by slipping it out to the public on the afternoon of the Black Friday shopping holiday, Trump flatly rejected its central finding that global warming is causing ongoing and lasting economic damage. "I don't believe it," he said.
Franklin Savings names Community Initiative winners
Turner Publishing - Friday, November 30, 2018 

Franklin Savings Bank named the recipients of its FSB Community 150 initiative Wednesday evening at the Homestead Bakery. In all, 60 local nonprofits will share in a donation of $150,000 from the bank’s Community Development Foundation. The winners include: Thompson Lake Environmental Association, Lake Stewards of Maine, Rangeley Region Guides & Sportsmen’s Association, Somerset Woods Trustees, and Lake George Regional Park.
Mainers To Determine Best Drinking Water In State
Associated Press - Friday, November 30, 2018 

The title of "Maine's Best Tasting Water'' is up for grabs. Dozens of communities in Maine will vie next month for the title of best tasting drinking water in the state. The Drinking Water Taste Test will take place on Dec. 6 at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The Maine Rural Water Association says the event will place community water supplies into two categories. One category will be for water with a disinfectant, such as chlorine, and the other will be for water with no disinfectant.
COP24: rewilding is essential to the UK’s commitments on climate change
Other - Friday, November 30, 2018 

Humans have cut down half the trees on Earth since the dawn of agriculture – over 3 trillion of them. This huge loss holds the potential for massive reforestation today, which would protect local environments from soil loss, flash flooding and desertification and take up large quantities of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Despite these advantages, reforestation gets very little attention in our fight against climate change.
Saviello predicts permit approval for CMP transmission line
Kennebec Journal - Friday, November 30, 2018 

Franklin Journal - Wilton Selectman Tom Saviello told fellow board members Thursday that even though some towns have pulled support for Central Maine Power Co.’s New England Clean Energy Connect project, he thinks it will get state permits. The $950 million project involves building a 145-mile transmission line to deliver power generated by Hydro-Québec in Quebec to users in Massachusetts.
The Trump administration is authorizing use of seismic air guns to find oil and gas formations deep underneath the Atlantic Ocean floor, prompting outrage from critics who say the practice can disturb or injure whales, sea turtles and other marine li
Associated Press - Friday, November 30, 2018 

The Trump administration is authorizing use of seismic air guns to find oil and gas formations deep underneath the Atlantic Ocean floor, prompting outrage from critics who say the practice can disturb or injure whales, sea turtles and other marine life. The National Marine Fisheries Service has authorized permits under the Marine Mammal Protection Act for five companies to use air guns for seismic surveys in the mid-Atlantic, from Delaware to central Florida. The surveys are part of President Trump's bid to expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic. The plan has drawn opposition from East Coast lawmakers and governors, except Maine Gov. Paul LePage.
Amid Dire Climate Change News, Mainers Are Looking To Lower Their Carbon Footprints
Maine Public - Friday, November 30, 2018 

There's been a steady drumbeat of dire news about climate change this fall. The latest is a comprehensive government report that foretells devastating consequences for this nation's ecosystems and economy, as well as citizens' health unless significant action is taken right away. The scale of the challenge can seem overwhelming — even to those who dedicate their careers to documenting and combating climate change. But Mainers who work in the field say that change can start at home.
New tick species capable of transmitting deadly disease is spreading in the US
Washington Post - Friday, November 30, 2018 

A new invasive tick species capable of transmitting several severe diseases is spreading in the United States, posing an emerging threat to human and animal health, according to a pair of reports issued Thursday. The Asian longhorned tick is the first invasive tick to arrive in the United States in about 80 years. So far there is no evidence that the tick has spread pathogens to humans, domestic animals or wildlife in the United States. But public health officials are worried about the potential for Haemaphysalis longicornis to spread disease.
The deer he shot jumped off a cliff, but that was just the beginning of the adventure
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 30, 2018 

or the past several years, Robbie Nickels of Searsmont has been playing a game of cat-and-mouse with a rather large deer while hunting on Lasell Island 5 miles off the Maine coast. During frequent deer hunting adventures, he has been constantly outwitted by the eight-point buck. Not any more. Kind of. I let [an arrow] go,” Nickels said. “And then the race was on....Looking out into the water, there he was, about 30 yards out,” Nickels said. He just plowed through the waves, and away he went. Then the buck began swimming back toward the island. Eventually the buck succumbed to its injuries. Nickels waded out and hooked a rope around the buck. Then he hauled it into a cliffside cave and hoisted it to dry land.
Down wind: Saco removes wind turbine
Journal Tribune - Friday, November 30, 2018 

For the last decade, a 100-foot-high wind turbine atop York Hill has greeted motorists as they traveled from Main Street in Biddeford to Main Street in Saco. The familiar site will be no longer, as the city of Saco is tearing down the turbine. The turbine was purchased from Colorado-based Entegrity Wind Systems in 2008 for about $200,000. Entegrity guaranteed that for five years the turbine would produce 90,000 kilowatt-hours a year, valued at about $12,800. Unfortunately, Entegrity Wind Systems went bankrupt in 2009, and when the company dissolved so did the guarantee. The wind turbine never came close to producing the amount of energy promised, and without the guarantee in place, the city was not able to get compensated when the turbine didn’t meet expectations.
Electronic fishery monitoring gets big boost in Gulf of Maine
Associated Press - Friday, November 30, 2018 

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Kingfisher Foundation and the NOAA are providing more than $570,000 in matching funds for electronic monitoring in New England’s ground fishery. Fisheries in the U.S. are subject to monitoring to help inform future rules.
Maine is challenged to recruit deer hunters, even with bigger harvest
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, November 30, 2018 

While we’ll harvest the largest number of deer since 2004, Maine is still challenged to recruit deer hunters, particularly nonresidents. DIF&W can now tell us, quickly, how many deer are being harvested, thanks to the new equipment at each registration station. A total of 30,299 were taken by the end of the regular firearms season. And the department expects about 1500 to be taken by muzzle-loaders.
Bangor, Augusta, Millinocket on pace to have coldest Novembers on record
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 30, 2018 

Bangor, Augusta and Millinocket each have had their coldest recorded Novembers ever so far this month, according to federal weather data posted online by the Southeast Regional Climate Center at the University of North Carolina. Bangor has averaged just above 32 degrees Fahrenheit, Millinocket just above 29 degrees and Augusta just below 33 degrees. Records for those locations date back at least 40 years.
The evolution of ice cleats involves Maine and the Vikings
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 30, 2018 

Now available in a variety of designs, ice cleats have become increasingly popular in recent years as outdoor brands have released models that serve everyone from city slicker to mountaineer. And while this may seem like a new trend, it’s actually a resurgence of a piece of outdoor gear that has a long and fascinating history, especially in places like Maine, where ice storms are frequent, and ice sports, such as ice sailing and ice fishing, are celebrated hobbies.
Column: It’s easy to keep track of winter bird arrivals
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 30, 2018 

Who are all the people reporting birds in Maine? You’re right to ask. Reports are posted to a Google Groups Listserv run by Maine Audubon. Members post their unusual sightings, and it is immediately shared with all other members. You can elect to receive each message or opt to receive a daily summary. Equally valuable, eBird is a national database run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Naturally, Facebook has gotten into the act. has more than 19,000 members, who post photos, stories and questions about their backyard sightings in Maine. Winter birding in Maine is awesome. It just helps to know where to look. ~ Bob Duchesne
Maine DIF&W rolls out new online game registration
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 30, 2018 

Earlier this week, a caller advised that deer in northern Maine had “yarded up,” or headed en masse into wintering areas. That made them vulnerable to hunters. Some hunters had entered those deer yards and found they could take their pick of large bucks gathered in the woods. An effort was mounted to convince Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife commissioner Woodcock to cancel the muzzeloading hunting season in northern Maine, which is taking place this week. DIF&W communications officer Mark Latti reported that "the harvest was still well within our projection, and that the impact of muzzleloader season is so low we did not see any concern from a biological perspective in continuing the muzzleloading season as scheduled.”
Feds want changes at Ellsworth dams linked to fish die-offs and drained mudflats
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 30, 2018 

In order to reduce fish die-offs and large swings in water levels at Graham Lake, federal officials are recommending fish passage improvements and other operational changes to two dams on the Union River, which are owned by Black Bear Hydro, a subsidiary of Brookfield Renewable. The issues of fish deaths caused by the lower of the two dams, which sits just upstream of where Route 1 crosses the Union River in downtown Ellsworth, and of low water levels in Graham Lake, which is located partially in Ellsworth four miles upstream from the lower dam, have been the primary complaints by local residents and environmental advocates.
Maine loons continue rebound, Audubon counters find
Associated Press - Thursday, November 29, 2018 

Maine Audubon says the results of its 2018 loon count yielded the second-highest estimate of adult loons recorded since the count began in 1984. The estimate for loon chicks is also the fifth-highest on record. The group estimates that there are 3,269 adult loons and 406 loon chicks in the southern half of Maine, which is the part of the state covered by the annual count.
Annual Maine Audubon Loon Count Finds That The Birds Continue To Rebound
Maine Public - Thursday, November 29, 2018 

The results of the annual Maine Audubon loon count are in. Adult loon numbers were up over the previous year. During the July count, 3,269 adult loons were counted on southern Maine lakes, and 406 chicks were observed, a slight decrease from the year before. According to the count, the population of adult loons has doubled since the first count took place in 1984. Director of Conservation, Sally Stockwell, says the strong numbers are likely linked to conservation efforts undertaken by volunteers.
Former Jay mill demolition continues
Sun Journal - Thursday, November 29, 2018 

Another section of the defunct Otis Mill in Jay is removed Thursday, a month after the steam plant at the former paper mill was torn down. The mill closed in 2009.
Canada buying more U.S. lobster in wake of China trade dispute
Associated Press - Thursday, November 29, 2018 

China emerged as a major consumer of American lobster earlier this decade, but the country slapped heavy tariffs on exports in July amid its trade kerfuffle with President Trump’s administration. Lobster exports slowed to a crawl. Industry watchers forecast the move as a potential calamity for U.S. seafood, but Canada has boosted the value of its lobster imports from America by more than a third so far this year. The U.S. lobster fishing business is based mostly in Maine.
Nordic skeptics, supporters come out for ‘community dialogue’ about controversial fish farm
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 29, 2018 

Midcoast residents packed the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast Wednesday night to participate in a community dialogue about Nordic Aquafarms’ proposed multimillion dollar land-based salmon farm. Many of the people in the room shared beliefs that the Norwegian-owned company putting down stakes in Belfast would negatively impact the small-town feel of the city, use too much water and pollute Penobscot Bay. But Greg Whitcomb of Morrill, a landscape contractor, said, “We welcome you with open arms.”
Rare hawk’s survival in Maine ‘shocking,’ bird expert says
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 29, 2018 

The rare hawk that shocked bird fans by turning up in Maine this summer has stuck around. On Thursday, birders flocked to a Portland park to see a great black hawk that an expert with Maine Audubon identified as the same bird that had been spotted in Biddeford in August.
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