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Announcement - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

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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.
Little Big Day, May 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 

Join naturalist Doug Hitchcox leads a van trip full birds. From Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, May 23, 7 am 3 pm, Maine Audubon members $50, non-members $60, space is limited.
Bradley Pond Farm , May 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 

An easy walk through a conservation easement surrounding a privately-owned working farm. See migrating warblers, flycatchers, blackbirds, vireos, sparrows, and an occasional raptor. At Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust's Bradley Pond Farm Preserve, Topsham, May 23, 8-10 am.
Help wanted: Contract planner for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
Announcement - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 

The National Park Foundation, in partnership with the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, is seeking a 3-year community planner to assist with the development of a management plan for this new unit of the National Park Service. Deadline: May 26, 2017, 5 pm.
Spring Bird Walk at Fort Williams Park, May 22
Event - Posted - Monday, May 15, 2017 

Doug Hitchcox leads a spring bird walk, in collaboration with the Fort Williams Park Foundation, to look for migrants and local nesters like warblers and vireos around one of Maine’s most scenic vistas. At Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, May 22, 7-9 am, Maine Audubon members $5, non-members $8.

Sewall Woods Birding & Bird Monitoring Workshop, May 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

Join Kennebec Estuary land Trust and Maine Audubon for a morning practicing bird identification and bird monitoring methods at KELT’s demonstration forest at Sewall Woods Preserve in Bath, May 20, 7-10 am.
Pollinator Parade & Festival, May 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

Family Festival, Pollinator Parade, and the release of "A Monarch Butterfly Story" book by Melissa Kim and Jada Fitch. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, May 20, 1 am – 1 pm, free but $5/car to park.
3D Experience: Sportsmen and the Maine Sporting Camp Tradition, May 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

Bernard Fishman, Maine State Museum director, will present never-before-seen 3D images featuring the history of sportsmen and the sporting camp tradition in Maine. Supporting commentary from David Trahan, Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. At Maine Elk’s Lodge, Augusta, May 20, 5-8:30 pm, $60.
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument is Under Attack
Action Alert - Friday, May 12, 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 - Friday, May 12, 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
Help wanted: Outdoors types
Announcement - Friday, May 12, 2017 

Boston-based Slate Casting will hold auditions in Augusta to cast a television commercial on May 21. The company is looking for Mainers between the ages of 30 and 70 who are active and love outdoor activities, such as hiking, skiing, kayaking, fishing, hunting, and other recreational sports from leisurely to extreme.
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Artist Susan Perrine helps children tap into natural creativity
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

On Thursday, Woolwich artist Susan Perrine spent the day building a woven twig garden structure with students at Lyseth Elementary and Lyman Moore schools in Portland. The project is funded by L.L. Bean through its Outdoor Discovery, Adventure and Stewardship Grant program. We called Perrine up to talk about the environmental lessons she hopes to convey.
What did your lobster eat before you ate your lobster? And why should you care?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

Lobsters find available foods and consume them selectively, judiciously eating them at rates that fulfill their need for a balanced diet of protein, fat, calcium and phosphorous. Indigenous delicacies include plankton, sea worms, crabs, urchins and small fish, while other baits have included redfish racks, tuna heads, East Coast menhaden and West Coast rockfish. To meet the demand of the Maine lobster industry, bait is now sourced from all over the world, a logistical fact that raises serious biosecurity and human health issues.
Column: Midcoast Mainers love Pemaquid Peninsula
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

Much of the beautiful wilderness on the Pemaquid Peninsula, from Waldoboro to John’s Bay, has been preserved by the tireless work of the Pemaquid Watershed Association, and their many members, volunteers and partners. PWA maintains more than eight miles of trails and 21/2 miles of shorefront for public access across nearly a dozen preserves. Each preserve has its own unique geography, sights and wildlife. These four are some of my favorites – ideal places to avoid the crowds and experience more of what the peninsula has to offer. ~ Jake Christie
Column: Sometimes a tom’s just not that into you
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

My calls were answered by not one but two gobblers, and moments later three red heads popped over the rise. No ladies in this group and the boys were now competing to be first to the woodline in pursuit of a perceived hen. They all looked about the same size but brighter head color and a more confident pace revealed the dominant bird on which I centered by scope when the trio paused at 35 yards. At my shot, two of the three birds ran off. The other rode home in my truck. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: For birds and beauty, it’s Shapleigh Pond
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

What it may lack in watery acreage, Shapleigh Pond in North Shapleigh makes up for with an amazing variety of birdlife. We explored the pond, located off Route 11 about 15 miles north of Sanford, just before the leaves fully emerged, and it was easy to follow boldly marked sparrows and warblers flitting from alder to alder only feet from our canoe. ~ Michael Perry
Column: Clearing the way on the Appalachian Trail
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

It’s the middle of May when throngs of maintainers from the Maine Appalachian Trail Club take to the trail, after the snowpack has diminished but before Memorial Day weekend. From the boundary of Baxter State Park to Grafton Notch in the Mahoosucs, we’ve got a brief window of time to clear the winter blowdowns and clip back the brush to open the way for the summer hiking season. ~ Carey Kish
Editorial: In Gov. LePage’s view, no one has right answers but him
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

With LePage arguments are just cover for his anitipathy toward just about anyone who contradicts his world view or questions his narrow perception of what Maine should be. Take, for instance, solar power, for which the governor last year negated a hard-fought bipartisan compromise. It’s not philosophy that matters, only that solar, as the governor sees it, is the domain of liberals and coastal elites – not “real Mainers.” And that’s only the start. Land conservation? More hippie nonsense aimed at killing jobs, backed by corrupt legislators and rich, liberal landowners looking to make a quick buck. Never mind that state conservation has saved properties of all kinds and purposes in all 16 counties, and drives our tourism economy.
Facebook CEO Zuckerburg visits Katahdin region
Maine Environmental News - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are in Maine this weekend to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. Zuckerburg was in the Katahdin region. He posted on Facebook: "Priscilla and I spent the day in Millinocket, Maine hiking on the Appalachian Trail around Mount Katahdin, and meeting local residents. Forest-based industries like lumber and paper were the lifeblood of this region for generations, but trade and technology have forced mills across the region to close and thousands of jobs to be lost. Despite all the challenges, I was struck by their commitment to rebuild their community. They're optimistic they can build new industries not cutting down the forests, but leaving them standing and creating tourism from the natural beauty, as well as other industries of the future."
Unity preschool program emphasizes importance of the outdoors
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

Forest kindergartens, where children spend all of their time outdoors, started in Europe decades ago. The first nature-based preschool was started in 1967 in New Canaan, Connecticut, according to Patti Bailie, an assistant professor of early childhood education at UMaine at Farmington. In the United States, nature-based preschools, which spend a portion of their time outdoors, are more popular than forest kindergartens. There is a forest kindergarten at White Pine in York, and nature-based preschools at Juniper Hill in Alna and Sprouts in Unity.
Alewife festival draws Maine crowd
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

The sixth annual Benton Alewife Festival on Saturday, which was held in the town’s Family Fun Park, is a way to celebrate the impact that alewives have on the town. The small fish has long been a staple to the area, but over the decades rivers with dams and pollution in the waterways diminished the fish’s population. When dams in Augusta and Winslow were removed a few years ago, alewives returned to the region.
Column: As the grey retreats, time to again explore the outdoors
Sun Journal - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

Finally, earlier this month, the wind freshened and the sun pushed through the under cast sporadically. We drove down to Franklin, Maine, to search out some of my old childhood haunts. George's Pond was still there 70 years later, as are the expansive blueberry barrens across from the pond. We found the camp that my family rented every summer during my childhood. Memories came flooding back. Wonderful recollections of lazy August days catching bass and perch with my dad in a leaky old row boat. Pan-fried perch filets for supper and homemade blueberry pies. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Editorial: The EPA asked which rules should be repealed. Here’s what Americans said
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

The Environmental Protection Agency has long been a target of criticism from Republican lawmakers, who periodically threaten to abolish it. President Donald Trump has joined this chorus. But, a curious thing happened when the EPA asked the public which of the agency’s rules should be eliminated or modified. The resounding answer from thousands of Americans was “none.” Thoughtful review of regulations makes sense, but it doesn’t make sense to move backwards on rules and regulations that protect public health and the environment.
LePage refuses to put up National Monument road signs
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage is refusing to put signs along state roads showing the way to Maine’s national monument, pending the outcome of a federal review, state officials said Friday. The governor won’t allow official signs for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument to be placed along Interstate 95 and Routes 11, 157 and 159 — all Katahdin region main roads — until federal officials determine whether the executive order creating the monument was valid, Maine Department of Transportation spokesman Ted Talbot said.
Letter: Sen. Collins’ stand against dirty energy agenda appreciated
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

Recently, some members of Congress tried to give the oil and gas industry a free pass to waste taxpayer dollars and energy resources, through dangerous leaks in methane from oil and gas operations. Fortunately for Maine, however, Sen. Susan Collins took a stand against her party and their dirty energy agenda, and voted against attempts to gut standards that limit the oil and gas industry’s methane pollution and waste. It is unacceptable for American tax dollars to be used to clean up after giant corporations, and we thank Sen. Collins for siding with Mainers instead of wealthy CEOs. ~ Saif Pratt, Portland
Letter: Mining toxins harm children
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

The mining bill LD 820 would allow contamination of groundwater with toxins that are waste product from mining operations. The toxins released by a mining operation at Bald Mountain would include arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury. Pre- and postnatal exposure to any or all of these is linked with learning disabilities. There are no examples of metallic mineral mining, anywhere in the world that does not contaminate the groundwater surrounding the mining area. The Legislature should reject LD 820. ~ Shelley Mountain, Mapleton
Don’t give bears a reason to stop by your house
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Friday, May 19, 2017 

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has put out its annual warning on avoiding unwanted visits from hungry bears, and the annual tips bear repeating. While all of us love seeing bears (if we’re fortunate enough to have seen them), having them too close to our homes isn’t a great idea. Actually inviting them into our backyards? A truly bad idea. And make no mistake, there are all kinds of ways that we may unintentionally be inviting bears into our yards.
Waves will add to sea-rise problems, scientists warn
Other - Friday, May 19, 2017 

Tribune - The effects of rising oceans on coastal flooding may be even worse than we thought. Scientists have found that a mere 10 to 20 centimeters, or about 4 to 8 inches, of sea-level rise – which is expected by 2050 – will more than double the frequency of serious flooding events in many parts of the globe. Also waves can have a big impact.
Agencies Team Up to Curb Rise in Paddler Deaths
Maine Public - Friday, May 19, 2017 

Last year, 28 people in the Northeast died from paddle craft-related deaths. That’s more than double the national average, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. To try to reduce the number of fatalities, the regional Coast Guard office in Maine is teaming up with the National Weather Service to issue a new advisory to alert enthusiasts when water temperatures are dangerously cold. They’re also emphasizing the use of one tried and true safety tool they say isn’t used nearly enough: the life jacket.
Public To EPA On Cutting Regulations: 'No!'
National Public Radio - Friday, May 19, 2017 

As part of President Trump's executive order to review "job-killing regulations," the Environmental Protection Agency last month asked for the public's input on what to streamline or cut. It held a series of open-mic meetings and set up a website that has received more than 28,000 comments, many of which urge the agency not to roll back environmental protections.
DIFW Promises More Protection for Native Brook Trout
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, May 19, 2017 

In response to two bills that I proposed to expand protection of our native brook trout, Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has responded with a pledge to do just that. One of my bills would extend protection of brook trout in our Heritage Waters to the tributaries of those waters, and the other would speed up and improve the process of adding waters to that protected list. Both bills were opposed by DIF&W, but the members of the legislature’s IFW Committee were very supportive and the bills got lots of support at the public hearings.
Bangor tourism board asks city to double its funding
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 19, 2017 

The organization tasked with drawing tourists to the Bangor area says it needs twice as much money as last year to launch a new marketing and promotional campaign — but city councilors said it can raise money in other ways, and questioned why neighboring towns don’t contribute more. The Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau on Wednesday evening asked the city council to double its budget for the next fiscal year — from $60,350 to $120,000.
Opinion: Oysters can truly help save the planet, if we would only let them
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 19, 2017 

Ironically, pollution killed off one of nature’s best pollution remedies. Filtering up to 50 gallons of water a day as they eat, oysters absorb toxins and excess algae, keeping the water clean and oxygen levels balanced for other marine life. They also prevent erosion and form barriers to storm surge. Oysters can truly help save the planet, if we let them. ~ Abigail Carroll, founder of Nonesuch Oysters, Scarborough
Letter: Poland Spring's stewardship exemplary
Sun Journal - Friday, May 19, 2017 

I am intimately acquainted with the hydro-geology of Rumford and the Ellis Aquifer. I’m the retired Maine state geologist. I directed the mapping of Maine’s water aquifer resources. I spent my entire career studying and teaching the geology of Maine, as well as working to preserve and protect Maine’s natural resources and beauty. I also pay very close attention to businesses that rely on Maine’s natural resources and their stewardship. Poland Spring’s stewardship of Maine’s natural spring water resources is exemplary. The company takes extraordinary measures — above and beyond those required by statute — to monitor its water sources and its usage. Poland Spring is a responsible, reliable good neighbor. ~ Walter Anderson, North Yarmouth
Letter: Don’t review monument designation
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 19, 2017 

I ask that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke stop the review of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. I ask that Rep. Bruce Poliquin join our two senators and our other representative and speak out forcefully in support of the national monument. Originally, the monument may have divided some Mainers against each other. But we now see that it is a unifier rather than a source of division. I ask my governor and all elected officials to listen to the people of Maine and to demand that the monument not be included in the review process by the Department of the Interior and that its status is maintained. ~ Andrew Eyck, Old Town
Camps and Sustainability: Practicing It, Teaching it
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Thursday, May 18, 2017 

Sustainability. As kids one camp director puts it, the term means many things to many people. But one fact is certain. Camps throughout Maine are seeking to implement and teach practices that show respect for the environment. From utilizing solar installations to planting trees to serving locally sourced foods, camps are on board when it comes to promoting sustainable living.
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