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Nature Detectives, Aug 24
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 17, 2017 

Join a scavenger hunt, make your own nature notebook, and learn how to use the tools of the trade. At Scarborough Marsh, Augoust 24, 1–2:30 pm; Maine Audubon Child Members $5, Child Non-members $7, pre-register.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Tuesday, August 15, 2017 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links to Maine conservation and natural resource news and events. We have posted summaries and links to 50,000 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
Sierra Club Maine Climate Action Conference, Sep 16
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 15, 2017 

The theme of this year's event is "Maine Community-Based Approaches to a Clean Energy Future and Climate Change Solutions." At University of Southern Maine Lewiston Campus, September 16.
Exploring Nature Through Art, Aug 22
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 15, 2017 

Through various art forms children (age 6-10) will discover some of the secrets of Scarborough Marsh; August 22, 10:30 am – 12 pm; Maine Audubon Child Members $5, Child Non-members $7, pre-register.
Project WILD Educator Workshop, Aug 21
Event - Posted - Monday, August 14, 2017 

This 6-hour workshop introduces educators to Project WILD materials, activities, and strategies. At Bonny Eagle Middle School, Buxton, August 21, 9 am – 3 pm; Maine Audubon Members $23, Non-members $25.
Kayak Scarborough Marsh, Aug 20
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

Discover the wildlife and plants of Scarborough Marsh as you paddle the Dunstan River. At Scarborough Marsh, August 20, 1–2:30 pm; Maine Audubon Members $13, Non-members $15, deduct $1.50 if you bring your own kayak, must be 16+.
Exploring Wabanaki/Maine History, Aug 20
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

Maine-Wabanaki REACH offers an interactive learning experience, "Exploring Wabanaki/Maine History," a participatory presentation for adults and teens. At Reversing Falls Sanctuary, Brooksville, August 20, 4-6 pm.
Native Plants & Wildflower Symposium, Aug 29
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 12, 2017 

Includes talks, tours of two native-plant gardens, and a chance to view an herbarium. At McLaughlin Gardens and Homestead, South Paris, August 29, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, $20 for members, $30 for non-members, registration deadline Aug 21.
Katahdin Woods & Waters 5k Relay, Aug 19
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 12, 2017 

This race in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument is part of the 'Wild Maine Weekend' hosted by local area businesses. August 19.
Animals, Animals, Animals, Aug 19
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 12, 2017 

International wildlife and travel photographer Gary Harmatz will share his photographs and stories of the wonderful world of exotic and highly endangered wildlife. At Blue Hill Public Library, August 19, 10 am.
Family Discovery Series, Aug 19
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 12, 2017 

Explore and identify species in their habitat and learn how to collect and record data using iNaturalist, Nature’s Notebook, and eBird. At Fields Pond, Holden, August 19, 1–2:30 pm; Maine Audubon Members $15/family, Non-members $20/family.
Live Birds of Prey, Aug 17
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 10, 2017 

Hope Douglas of Wind Over Wings will present an entertaining and inspiring evening featuring Maine raptors, including the majestic Queen Solomon, a Great Horned Owl. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, August 17, 7 pm, Maine Audubon members $10; non-members $15.
St. John-Allagash Region public lands plan being updated
Announcement - Wednesday, August 9, 2017 

The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands is seeking comments on management of Public Lands in the St. John-Allagash Region, including Gero Island, Telos, Chamberlain Lake, and Round Pond Public Reserved Lands. Public scoping meeting: August 30, 6-8 pm at BPL Northern Region Office, Ashland.
2017 Maine Ag Fairs
Event - Posted - Wednesday, August 9, 2017 

At Maine's agricultural fairs, you can eat, drink, see livestock demonstrations, and experience live entertainment.
Creating a Seashell Wreath, Aug 16
Event - Posted - Wednesday, August 9, 2017 

An evening of creativity and sculpture making wreaths out of seashells and sea glass. At Scarborough Marsh, August 16, 5:30–7 pm; Maine Audubon Members $17, Non-members $20.
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Maine plans to use $21 million from VW settlement to reduce emissions
Portland Press Herald - Monday, August 14, 2017 

The state is taking public comment on its plan to spend $21 million to reduce harmful vehicle emissions as part of a federal legal settlement with Volkswagen over the company’s diesel engines that illegally produced high levels of greenhouse gases. Maine plans to use the money to enhance the use of zero-emission vehicles and provide grant funding for vehicle replacement, engine upgrades and facility improvements to reduce nitrogen oxide, or NOx, emissions.
Letter: No need for Greenbelt path to nowhere
Portland Press Herald - Monday, August 14, 2017 

Some claim their shore access will be eliminated if the Cape Elizabeth Town Council vacates Surfside Avenue, a paper street. It’s not true. The council voted last fall in favor of extending the paper street primarily because the same people claiming that they’ll lose their shore access are intent on the town installing a Greenbelt path along that paper street. This is a terrible idea for our little neighborhood. A Greenbelt path here would be costly, dangerous and completely unnecessary, as the ocean access now is fantastic, and won’t change with the vacating of the paper street. We applaud the courage of the Cape Elizabeth councilors who vote in favor of vacating the paper street and eliminating this ridiculous public path from further discussion. ~ Andrew Ingalls, Cape Elizabeth
Letter: Unity College makes grade by pushing sustainability
Portland Press Herald - Monday, August 14, 2017 

Congratulations to Unity College for receiving the grand prize for sustainability recently at the National Association of College and University Food Services conference. Quite an accomplishment for a college with fewer than 700 students located in a small town east of Waterville. I had the pleasure of seeing, firsthand, how their mission of sustainability applies across campus, not just to food services. Unity offers 18 majors in sustainability science that prepare students for leadership in a wide range of career choices. Given that climate change is our most pressing global problem, career choices at Unity are both practical and timely. Maine is fortunate to have this excellent college in its midst. ~ Barbara Doughty, Portland
Letter: Don’t eat lobster
Bangor Daily News - Monday, August 14, 2017 

Lobsters feel pain, just as humans do. When they’re dropped into scalding water, they whip their bodies wildly and scrape the sides of the pot in a desperate attempt to escape. If you don’t want to inflict such suffering on lobsters, simply don’t eat them. ~ Heather Moore, PETA Foundation
Letter: Protect our national monuments
Bangor Daily News - Monday, August 14, 2017 

In April, President Donald Trump issued an executive order directing the Interior Department to review the designations of 27 national monuments. July 10 marked the end of the comment period, and more than 2.7 million comments were submitted, the vast majority of which were in support of protecting our national monuments. It is clear the Trump administration and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are bowing to corporate interests instead of the American people. It is vital that we continue to fight against these attacks on our precious lands, like Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, that protect our ecosystems, history, culture and endangered species. ~ Phoebe Sauter, Environment Maine, Portland
Farmers’ Almanac predicts plenty of snow this winter in Northeast
Associated Press - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

Northeasterners, keep your mittens, boots and show shovel handy. The Farmers’ Almanac that goes on sale this week predicts a snowy winter from Maryland to Maine with five coastal storms to bring winter misery to the region.
Maine-Based Forest Groups to Guide Master Logger Certification Process
Maine Public - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

Two Maine-based forest industry groups will spearhead a national effort to promote highly skilled and sustainable logging. The Maine-based Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands and the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine will take charge of a program to revitalize and promote a Master of Logging Certification program. The certification sets standards for professional loggers, who must meet seven areas of performance and sustainability.
Invasive seaweed threatens Gulf of Maine
York Weekly - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

Attentive Seacoast beachgoers may have noticed much of the seaweed washing ashore these summer days has a marked pink tinge to it — a signal of a changing seaweed population in the southern Gulf of Maine that could have long-term impacts on fish and shellfish. A team of researchers working at off-shore sites in southern York County and Seacoast New Hampshire recently published a study that reaches some unsettling conclusions. The ocean floor in the area is seeing a marked decline in the often tall, leafy native kelp populations and an inundation of short, shrub-like invasive seaweed. Key among those invasives is the short, red fiber-like seaweed Dasysiphnia japonica, a transplant from Japan that is taking over the ocean floor in this region, covering as much as 90 percent of some areas.
Bait deer and you’ll never hunt again
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

Boy, did I get that wrong. On August 7, I reported that a new law required that the person who is convicted of hunting deer over bait during an open season on deer must lose his license for one year. A second offense would require revocation for two years. That was the last amended version of the bill that I received. But the bill was substantially changed. The new law requires that a second deer baiting offense results in the loss of hunting privileges – for a lifetime!
Making pasta’s the new focus for Roxanne Quimby
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

After Burt's Bees, after the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, she could take it easy. But this famous entrepreneur can't stop doing. She’s positioning her company, My Pasta Art, for a growth spurt.
Former Penobscot chief will speed-hike from Mount Washington to Mount Katahdin
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

Each year, members of the Penobscot Indian Nation take a spiritual pilgrimage from Indian Island to Mount Katahdin as a way to honor their heritage and ancestors. The arduous journey – called the Katahdin 100 – takes place along the Penobscot River leading into Labor Day weekend. Some travel by foot, others by canoe. The 100-mile journey has been followed by the tribe for centuries, said former Penobscot chief Barry Dana, although the modern inception of the Katahdin 100 dates to 1971. Dana, 58, has completed it each year. But this year Dana will take a different – and far more challenging – route to the 5,267-foot Mount Katahdin, the central and spiritual place in the Penobscot’s aboriginal territory. He will attempt to hike the 314 miles from Mount Washington to Katahdin in eight days, covering 39 miles a day.
In Legislature, solar bill met a more powerful foe: Doubt
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

Solar advocates thought they had the votes on Aug. 2 to override a veto by Gov. Paul LePage of a crucial solar energy bill. Then Rep. Richard Malaby, a Republican from Hancock with no interest in energy policy, launched into a speech that had nothing to do with solar power. The solar lobby never saw that one coming. Malaby’s speech is an example of how tactics, including his out-of-the-blue comments, an alleged misinformation campaign by Central Maine Power and a strategic legislative blunder, combined to create confusion and defeat the solar lobby for a second year in a row. In the aftermath, some solar advocates say facts fell victim to politics.
Maine artists head to the Arctic in search of a new frontier
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

Driven by a sense of urgency, artists are following in the tradition of Rockwell Kent and going to the Arctic to capture the majesty of the icebergs, the mystery of the landscape and the daily drama of a culture and way of life that feels out of place in a modern world. Others go for political and cultural reasons, to show the world what climate change looks like in its northernmost reaches. And others just go — for the beauty, the adventure and the opportunity to see something new.
Want to be ‘green’ even after you’re gone?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

From biodegradable shrouds to plain pine coffins and wooded cemetery grounds, here’s how to plan an earth-friendly burial.
Regina Grabrovac believes in blueberries for all
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

Regina Grabrovac is the food programs manager for Healthy Acadia – Washington County, running everything from farms to schools programs to gleaning operations. We heard that because of the wild blueberry glut, she was looking for gleaners who wouldn’t mind picking up a blueberry rake. We called her to talk about her efforts to get some of those unwanted berries into the hands of hungry Maine families. Along the way we learned how the Machias resident got so interested in agriculture and why she uses a cider press to educate Washington County schoolchildren.
Column: Crocker Pond a hidden gem too good to keep secret
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

There are plenty of natural attractions to enjoy near Patte Brook. For paddlers and anglers, the Patte Brook Waterfowl Marsh, Broken Bridge Pond and Crocker Pond all have boat launches reachable by car, and are stocked with trout. For hikers, the Albany Mountain Trail is an easy four-mile round trip day hike that offers expansive views of Evans Notch to the west and the Oxford Hills to the east. ~ Jake Christie
Column: Missing in Maine—The deer man
Sun Journal - Saturday, August 12, 2017 

Make no mistake about it: When it comes to Maine’s most important wildlife game species, our whitetail deer are at the very top of the list. There are a number of reasons, not the least of which is the enormous impact that deer have on Maine’s overall economy. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
World's Best Summit Hikes, Katahdin
National Geographic - Saturday, August 12, 2017 

The highest point in the state of Maine is also the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, so hikers won't have this mountain all to themselves. That's no reason to stay away, however. Lording over the center of the state's deep inland forests, Katahdin may be the most inspiring peak in all of eastern North America.
Climate 101: Deforestation
National Geographic - Saturday, August 12, 2017 

Forests cover about 30% of the planet, but deforestation is clearing these essential habitats on a massive scale. What is deforestation? Find out the causes, effects, and solutions to deforestation. [video]
Opinion: Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument should be left in place
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, August 12, 2017 

The Trump administration is reviewing four marine monuments. All of them should be left in place, but I am writing particularly about the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument. This marine area includes three underwater canyons on the edge of Georges Bank, and four seamounts to the southeast. The canyons are deeper than the Grand Canyon, and the vertical rise of the seamounts is greater than any mountain in the eastern United States. Because of their difficult topography, they have been relatively free of impacts from commercial fishing, especially bottom trawling. I’m proud of our business connections to the commercial fishing industries, and I believe that a true marine protected area in the Northeast will help support a healthy Gulf of Maine and the communities that depend on it. ~ Daniel Hildreth, Diversified Communications, Portland
Letter: Don’t mar Maine’s beauty for Massachusetts
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, August 12, 2017 

In 1819 [sic], Maine separated from Massachusetts and became its own entity. We have gotten along just fine for the past 200 years. But Massachusetts wants to use us as its industrial power center by running power lines and putting up industrial wind turbines in our mountains. We have the transmission infrastructure in place to provide clean energy for our state, and with the attitude Massachusetts is showing us, we should be diligent in protecting what is ours. If Massachusetts wants clean energy, let them put it in their backyard. ~ James Lutz, Bangor
Letter: A state of nature
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, August 12, 2017 

It was a Sunday afternoon, and I was walking my poodle around the block. I saw an osprey flying toward me with a bald eagle in pursuit. All of a sudden, another osprey rose above the tree line on my right and dove at the eagle. The chased osprey flew up above the tree line and was joined by its mate and the two of them flew off together, like biplanes with wingtips nearly touching. This was one of those great interactions with nature that makes living in Maine so exciting and fulfilling. ~ Gerry Hamburger, Bucksport
27 National Monuments Are Under Review; Here Are Five to Watch
New York Times - Friday, August 11, 2017 

Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the interior, is reviewing 27 national monuments, including Katahdin Woods and Waters in Maine. He is expected to recommend that some be scaled back, or perhaps eliminated entirely and transferred to state ownership. Environmental activists see the review as part of a broad effort within the Trump administration to unravel the conservation legacy of President Barack Obama.
Now climate change is coming for our sea turtles
Other - Friday, August 11, 2017 

Turtles follow the coastline as they travel, and on their way back from Maine, they eventually find their way blocked by Cape Cod. Come fall, the cold-blooded turtles become sluggish and unable to reach their maximum swimming speed. They become trapped in Cape Cod Bay, and may seek refuge near the seafloor, where the water is a little warmer. In 2014, a shocking 1,200 sea turtles were found on the beaches of Cape Cod Bay. The rise in turtle strandings may be related to the fact that the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than almost any other ocean waters on Earth. Already, cod and northern shrimp are leaving for cooler waters.
Fox bites 2 people in Lewiston; police fear it could be rabid
Portland Press Herald - Friday, August 11, 2017 

Lewiston police are warning residents about a potentially rabid fox that has bitten two people in the last two days. Anyone who sees a fox in the city should not approach it, and should contact Lewiston police at 784-6421 and press 1, or call the Maine Warden Service at 657-3030.
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