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Flying WILD and Bird Sleuth Educator Workshop, Jun 2
Event - Posted - Friday, May 26, 2017 

This 4.5 hour workshop provides activities that teach people about birds and what they can do to help birds and their habitats. At Fields Pond, Holden, Jun 2, 8:45 am – 2 pm, Maine Audubon members $23, non-members $25.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

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Help wanted: Conservation Policy Associate
Announcement - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

Appalachian Mountain Club is seeking to fill this temporary position July-December 2017; there is the potential for the position to extend into 2018.
Speak up in defense of Maine’s new National Monument
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

Last summer’s creation of the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in northern Maine was a huge victory for conservation and wildlife in our state. Today, that designation is at risk. The Trump administration is conducting a review of national monument designations, including Katahdin Woods & Waters. The Department of Interior is accepting public comments until July 10. ~ Maine Audubon
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument is Under Attack
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

The Trump Administration is threatening to overturn Maine’s new National Monument. At the request of Governor Paul LePage, the Department of Interior (DOI) included Katahdin Woods & Waters on a list of 27 monuments to be “reviewed.” DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke could recommend that Maine’s National Monument be changed, or possibly even abolished. Tell the Trump Administration to keep its hands off Katahdin Woods & Waters. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Save Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

President Trump is considering eliminating or changing the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in Maine. Urge the Trump Administration and your U.S. congressional representatives to oppose any effort to eliminate or weaken Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. Comment deadline is July 10, 2017. ~ RESTORE: The North Woods
Appalachian Odyssey, May 28
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

Jeff Ryan will regale with tales about his 28-year odyssey hiking the Appalachian Trail. At Freeport Conservation Trust annual meeting, at the Freeport Community Center, May 28, 7 pm.
BDN Poll: Should the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument get its own signage?
Action Alert - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage is refusing to put signs along state roads showing the way to Maine’s national monument. Should the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument get its own signage?
Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration Festival, May 27-28
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

The towns of Nobleboro and Newcastle and the Nobleboro Historical Society present the 10th annual Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration Festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28. Witness the annual return of the alewives as they ascend the fish ladder to spawn in Damariscotta Lake.
Third Annual Freeport Birding Festival, May 26-28
Event - Posted - Friday, May 19, 2017 

Owl Prowl at Mast landing Sanctuary; birding at Florida Lake, Pettengill Farm, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, and Sayles Field; Casco Bay kayak tour; outing at Winslow Park, etc. May 26-28. Sponsored by L.L. Bean and Maine Audubon.
Saving Seabirds: New Lessons from Puffins, May 25
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 18, 2017 

60% of all seabirds have vanished in the last 60 years. Dr. Stephen Kress, Director of National Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program, will talk about the restoration of Maine seabirds. At L.L. Bean, Freeport, May 25, 7-9 pm, Maine Audubon members $10, non-members $15.
Community Conservation, May 25 & 27
Announcement - Thursday, May 18, 2017 

Community Conservation: Finding the Balance Between Nature and Culture is a new film created by Mark Ireland of MI Media. Shot throughout four seasons, this documentary profiles four active land trusts in different regions of Maine: coastal, inland, western mountains and downeast. On Maine Public TV, May 25, 10 pm, and May 27, 11 am.
Climate Change on the Maine Appalachian Trail, May 24
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 17, 2017 

Simon Rucker, Executive Director of the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust, will present on Appalachian Trail conservation in Maine and how AT groups are factoring climate change into their work. At Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, May 24, 5:30-7 pm.
Forgotten Farms, May 24
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 17, 2017 

A new film about the important role dairy farms play in New England's farming landscape, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and Maine dairy farmers. At at Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville, May 24, 7:15 pm.
Forgotten Farms, May 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 

A new film about the important role dairy farms play in New England's farming landscape, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and Maine dairy farmers. At Johnson Hall, Gardiner, May 23, 6 pm.
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Column: A fresh look at whether to indulge in halibut
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 7, 2017 

If you are in Maine, buy the local halibut while it’s in high season – between now and the end of June – but only from a reputable retail dealer or restaurateur, who, if asked, can produce the state-issued tag that proves the fish was legally caught and that its sale benefits a local fisherman and the community that surrounds him or her. Just know that answer could change at any time. ~ Christine Burns Rudalevige
Column: Take responsibility for hunting safety
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 7, 2017 

Failure to properly identify a target is the primary cause of turkey hunting incidents. Before you pull that trigger you must be 100 percent certain of both your target and what lies beyond. Anything less is not only dangerous, it’s illegal. Hunting is one of the safest outdoor sports. Far more people are injured playing tennis, baseball and even golf each year. Just remember the recipe for a safe, successful hunt includes a healthy dose of common sense and courtesy. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: So many places to kayak in southern Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 7, 2017 

With the new book “Paddling Southern Maine” (Mountaineers Books, $19.95), written by longtime kayakers Sandy Moore and Kimberlee Bennett, Mainers will be well equipped to explore the lakes, rivers, and protected saltwater of the state’s southern end. The slim guidebook, published in April, details more than fifty day trips for paddlers, almost all within an hour’s drive of Portland. ~ Josh Christie
Column: When it comes to fiddleheads, timing is everything
Sun Journal - Saturday, May 6, 2017 

Soon it will be time to go fiddleheadin'. For the true gatherer, the first fiddlehead green that pokes through the sandy silt in the lowlands near brooks and streams stirs an inner joy. I count myself among the true gatherers. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Here Are the 27 National Monuments Threatened by Trump’s Order
Huffington Post - Saturday, May 6, 2017 

Twenty-seven of America’s national monuments spanning over more than 11 million acres of land and about 760 million acres of ocean are threatened by executive orders signed by President Donald Trump last week. Trump said he’s looking to put “states back in charge” and open up now-protected areas to “tremendously positive things.” The administration’s implication is that the public wasn’t involved in the initial designation process. In a category all its own, Katahdin Woods and Waters, a national monument in Maine, is being reviewed to determine whether the designation “was made without adequate public outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders.” Lucas St. Clair, whose family donated the land, said the designation came “after more than four years of public outreach and community input. More than 72 percent of Mainers say they support the monument. I’m confident that a fair review will demonstrate how important public input was to helping improve the monument idea.”
Battling Wildlife in the Home
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Saturday, May 6, 2017 

Jim Sterba’s book, "Nature Wars," offers a fascinating look at out-of-control populations of wildlife, explains why this has happened, and relates many backyard battles with a variety of critters from deer to beaver. Sterba neglected one crucial aspect of this problem, when the battles move into the home. Choosing to live in and around their homes, we must expect, occasionally, that these wild critters will like our homes. Some we can live with. Some not so much.
Opinion: Editorial dismissive of concerns about Monhegan wind project
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 6, 2017 

Your recent editorial “Our View: State should not block ocean wind project” (April 30) was condescending to and dismissive of supporters of a bill that would move massive wind turbines from the shores of Monhegan Island to a more suitable location. Those on Monhegan who favor this legislation – half of the island’s registered voters – and others, like the more than 125 Friends of Muscongus Bay, are concerned about much more than just scenic views. We are concerned about preserving the history and natural beauty of this iconic place. We are concerned about the environment. We are concerned about our productive working waterfronts. We are concerned about the sustainability of the Monhegan community. ~ Andrew Fenniman, Chamberlain
Letter: Mills doublespeak on EPA
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 6, 2017 

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills’ recent announcement that Maine is joining several other states in suing the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to clamp down on Midwest coal plant emissions would be welcome news if her actions protected all Maine citizens. Mills has also sued the EPA for proposing water quality standards designed to protect members of the Penobscot Nation who would like to consume fish from Maine waters without negative health impacts. So which way is it? Sorry, Mills can’t have it both ways. ~ John Banks, Orono
Letter: Stop littering
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 6, 2017 

As I drive home from work on I-95 each evening, I notice the plastic bags and bottles and other trash strewn alongside the freeway. We as Mainers are proud to say that we love our state and its beauty, but that’s not apparent. This isn’t without consequence. Living in a landfill takes its toll on the human spirit, and it’s a turnoff to tourists (upon whom our economy relies) who arrive expecting something more. Littering is one of the easier habits to break, and everybody wins. ~ Matt Weed, Veazie
Letter: Protect our air
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 6, 2017 

Maine experienced two recent unhealthy air pollution days when children, older adults and people with heart or lung problems should not have been exercising outdoors. President Donald Trump’s undoing of the Clean Power Plan and other Obama-era environmental rules would allow polluting power plants slated for closing to stay in business. Write your US representative and senators asking them to protect our health by requiring closure of these outdated, unhealthy power plants. ~ Joan Seward Willey, Belfast
Letter: Real danger lies in unchecked climate change
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, May 6, 2017 

Let’s say you want to canoe a river, but conditions are threatening. You ask 100 professional river guides about it and 98 state clearly that to do so would surely result in your death. However, two others say “no problem.” So what do you choose to do? That is where we stand today on climate change science, a non-partisan issue. The Trump administration, by gutting the EPA, supporting increased levels of fossil fuel consumption, and rejecting the revolutionary but job-creating challange of conversion to clean energy, is daily devoted to destroying our future and insuring that the apocalyptic cataclysm that it fears will actually befall us. ~ Abbott Meader, Oakland
Opinion podcast: The Katahdin monument
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 5, 2017 

Portland Press Herald columnists discuss big stories from the week including Gov. Paul LePage’s oppositional appearance in Washington D.C. to discuss the economic impact of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
Animal rights activists protest in Augusta
Kennebec Journal - Friday, May 5, 2017 

About a dozen animal rights activists stood outside the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife offices Friday, protesting the way the agency has handled DEW Haven, a roadside zoo in Mount Vernon that displays lions, tigers and other exotic animals.
Trump administration to review national monument designation of Katahdin Woods and Waters
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 5, 2017 

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument has landed on a list of 22 national monuments to be reviewed by the Trump administration, casting uncertainty over an economically depressed region that had begun to see investment after a contentious battle over the monument’s designation. It’s a victory for Gov. Paul LePage, who lobbied aggressively to have Katahdin Woods and Waters reviewed and have the designation reversed. On Friday, LePage, who has cultivated ties to President Trump, tweeted a link to the Interior Department announcement, saying: “Yes, it’s on The List.” But critics of the review, including a former opponent of the designation, say the federal action is a setback for the region because it could spook investors.
Feds Open 60-Day Public Comment Period on Maine National Monument
Maine Public - Friday, May 5, 2017 

The U.S. Department of Interior has announced that it will be reviewing Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument through a 60-day public comment period starting May 12 to determine whether it was “made without adequate public outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders.” Katahdin Woods and Waters is one of 27 national monuments it’s reviewing under a presidential order. Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who opposes the monument, tweeted his approval. Lucas St. Clair, the public face of the monument effort, said he’s confident that a fair and transparent review “will demonstrate how important public input was to helping improve the monument idea.”
Maine’s national monument among 27 feds will review
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 5, 2017 

The U.S. Department of the Interior will include Katahdin Woods and Waters in its review of 27 national monuments, officials announced Friday. The review of Maine’s national monument will determine whether the executive order creating it exceeded federal law. The announcement of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s decision ended confusion that began when President Donald Trump signed an executive order requiring the review on April 26.
Officials: Maine Elver Harvest at Almost 80 Percent of Annual Quota
Maine Public - Friday, May 5, 2017 

After a slow start, Maine fishermen are closing in on their annual harvest quota for baby glass eels more than a month before the season officially ends. Jeff Nichols, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Marine Resources, said the eels — known as elvers — are currently fetching around $1,300 a pound from dealers, who can’t ship the catch to Asian markets fast enough. “We’re probably at almost 80 percent of the total quota, harvesters have landed over 7,500 pounds of the 9,616 of the overall quota and that leaves a couple of thousand pounds left to harvest,” he said.
Marine Mammals
Maine Public - Friday, May 5, 2017 

Lynda Ada Doughty, Executive Director of Marine Mammals of Maine, Kristina Cammen, Assistant Professor of Marine Mammal Science at UMaine, and Sean Todd, Director of Allied Whale at College of the Atlantic discuss the status, research and efforts toward protection of Maine’s marine mammals, from gray seals to porpoises and whales.
A Monumental Cave-In
Other - Friday, May 5, 2017 

American Prospect - Ryan Zinke and Donald Trump are going after the lands set aside to preserve America’s natural heritage—even though they’ve already started to provide economic benefits. Meanwhile, Maine’s perennially cantankerous Governor Paul LePage, a long-time opponent of the monument, has moved in for the kill. But the real push behind the war on the monuments is coming from the Oval Office. When it comes the undoing accomplishments of his predecessors, few presidents have been exhibited the raw vindictiveness of Donald Trump. Teddy Roosevelt is collateral damage.
Doctor gives great info and advice about Lyme Disease
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, May 5, 2017 

I found this column in the latest edition of the Working Waterfront newsletter, published by Island Institute in Rockland. There’s a lot of good and important information about Lyme Disease and other diseases caused by deer ticks in this article, so I want to share it with you.
Editorial: Maine can’t afford a second colossal mistake on offshore wind energy
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 5, 2017 

Lawmakers, pushed by Gov. Paul LePage, made the horrible decision in 2013 to push a potential $70 million worth of potential investment in clean energy away from Maine. The current Legislature should not make an even worse mistake this year. A bill under consideration by the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee would require that an offshore wind test project be moved away from Monhegan Island. This would undo years worth of research, jeopardize $40 million in federal funding that is headed to Maine and, once again, prove that the state is not an honest partner in business dealings. Lawmakers must reject LD 1262 or risk reminding the world that Maine is not serious about reducing energy prices and is not a place with consistent rules for doing business.
Offshore Wind Farms See Promise in Platforms That Float
New York Times - Thursday, September 29, 2016 

The University of Maine is undertaking an elaborate physics experiment meant to simulate conditions that full-scale floating wind turbines could face at an installation being planned about 10 miles off the Maine coast in up to 360 feet of water near tiny Monhegan Island. For nearly 18 months in 2013 and 2014, an operating version of the apparatus — one-eighth of scale — sat in the waters off Castine sending electricity to the grid. That proved the technology fundamentally worked and guided refinements to the design. Now, the UMaine team is using the data collected at the lab to confirm the final form, a crucial next step in bringing the technology to market.
Blog: Singing is an act of territorialism for birds
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 7, 2016 

Birds don’t think about much, mostly just food and sex. Despite the simplicity of such a life, bird communication can be quite complex. Birds are renowned for their vocal abilities, but they use lots of visual cues, too. Perhaps nothing is more obvious than the crests sported by many species.
Marco Rubio Finds Common Ground With Armed Militia In Oregon
Climate Progress - Thursday, January 7, 2016 

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R) doesn’t like that militants are currently occupying a federal wildlife facility in Oregon. But he does like the militia’s main idea: Seizing and selling off America’s public lands. Rubio explained his position on the controversial occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, now entering its fifth day. Rubio said that while he doesn’t support “lawless” activity, he does agree with the militia on its main point that federal public lands should be transferred to private ownership for activities like logging, coal mining, oil drilling, and farming. Rubio’s plan would essentially cause a free-for-all, where states can devastate national forests, parks, and other important wildlife and plantlife zones for temporary economic gain.
Editorial: Conflict over land preservation confirms where the public stands
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, December 16, 2015 

If Gov. Paul LePage’s yearslong barricade of Land for Maine’s Future has proven anything, it’s how popular the conservation program is among a broad cross-section of the state. When the governor held hostage the voter-approved bonds that fund the program, residents from across the political divide responded with one voice, united in their support for an initiative that has protected more than 550,000 acres for a variety of economic and recreational uses. That response should make it clear that the focus should be on strengthening and tightening the program, not obstructing or trying to dismantle it, as LePage has done for most of his time in office. The governor, not corruption or mismanagement, is the program’s true problem.
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