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Announcement - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links conservation and natural resource news and events in Maine (and a bit beyond). We have posted summaries and links to over 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
International Day for Biological Diversity, May 22
Announcement - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The Convention on Biological Diversity is the international legal instrument for "the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources" that has been ratified by 196 nations. The United Nations has proclaimed 22 May as the International Day for Biological Diversity.
Join the fight for Maine's clean energy future
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

In Maine, we are seeing the damaging effects of climate change firsthand: tick borne illnesses like Lyme disease are on the rise, the warming Gulf of Maine threatens our marine economy, air pollution drives up asthma rates for kids and adults, and extreme weather impacts our outdoor recreation and farming industries. The technology to turn off dirty fossil fuels already exists. What is standing in the way of our clean energy future? Politicians who are bought and paid for by the oil and gas industry. ~ Maine Conservation Voters
Maine Calling: The Changing North Woods, May 22
Announcement - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

UMaine experts discuss the relationship between humans and forests, including environmental attitudes and behaviors; rural communities and the forest economy; and the role of ecotourism and recreation. Maine Public Radio, May 22, 1 pm.
Defining Wilderness: Defining Maine, May 29 - Jul 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The Maine State Library is offering a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library. The series, Defining Wilderness: Defining Maine, runs for 5 sessions, May 29 - July 24, at the State Library in Augusta. Books to be discussed include "The Maine Woods" by Henry David Thoreau.
Bats, May 29
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

Biologist Trevor Peterson will speak about local species of bats. At Topsham Public Library, May 29, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Sign-Up to Count Fish at Nequasset
Announcement - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The annual alewife count at the Nequasset Fish Ladder in Woolwich is happening. Join the fun by signing up to count during any two 10 minute blocks within a two hour period.
Wilderness Under Siege, May 30
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Nationally known author and explorer George Wuerthner will discuss the challenges facing Wilderness, how people can better protect the Wildernesses in their backyards and around the country, and organizing against efforts to weaken or repeal the Wilderness Act. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, May 30, 6:30 pm.
Field Trip: Capt. Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Explore two town-owned properties in Brunswick for breeding and migrant birds: Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge Wetland Park on the Androscoggin River. May 27, 6:30 – 11 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
White Mountains Centennial exhibition, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The Museums of the Bethel Historical Society host a preview reception of the new displays, “White Mountain National Forest: A Centennial Exhibition” and “The White Mountains: Alps of New England.” At Robinson House, Bethel, May 27, 2-5 pm.
Farmer Talent Show & Open Mic, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The first annual Farmer Talent Show & Open Mic will benefit the Market’s Harvest Bucks program, which increases access to fruit and vegetables for low-income households. At East Madison Grange, May 27, 5-8 pm.
Walk on the Wild Side, May 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Turner Public Library’s summer programming begins with a nature walk. At Androscoggin Riverlands State Park, May 26, 2 pm.
Edible (and Poisonous) Plants, May 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Tom Seymour, author, botanist and edible plant enthusiast, will introduce you to many of the edible and medicinal plants that can be found in Maine’s woods and fields. At Head of Tide Preserve, Belfast, May 26, 10 am - noon.
Birding Extravaganza, May 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Ted Allen from Merrymeeting Audubon will lead birders through the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s Thorne Head Preserve in Bath, May 26, 8 am.
Alewife Day, May 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

See the alewives swim upstream. Smoked fish, kid’s games, mills running, Machinery Hall open. At Maine Forest and Logging Museum, Bradley, May 26, 10 am - 1 pm, $3 per person ages 12+.
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Brewer Riverwalk to extend to almost a mile by October
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 21, 2018 

The Brewer Riverwalk along the Penobscot River is slated to double in length this summer, stretching almost an additional half-mile from the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge up to Veteran’s Park. The idea for a riverwalk trail was conceived of by residents and city officials in 2000 as part of a downtown revitalization plan, which included the idea to build a walking and biking trail that runs the length of Brewer’s waterfront. Hopefully one day, Community and Economic Development Director D’Arcy Main-Boyington said, residents will have access to a “more primitive dirt trail” connected to the Riverwalk that encircles the city, through woods and land owned by the Brewer Land Trust.
LePage selects 32 neighborhoods for investment boost
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 21, 2018 

More than 30 Maine neighborhoods, including some wealthier areas, could reap benefits from a new federal program to encourage private investment in poor parts of the country. Opportunity zones selected by Gov. Paul LePage and approved by U.S. Treasury Friday include distressed paper mill towns like Madison and Millinocket and former military bases in Brunswick and Limestone, but also comparatively better-off parts of downtown Portland, South Portland and Saco.
UNE launches new institute for study of the North Atlantic and Arctic regions
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 21, 2018 

The University of New England on Monday launched a new institute dedicated to education and research in the North Atlantic and Arctic regions. The Institute for North Atlantic Studies of the University of New England, referred to as UNE North, will be based in Portland, officials said. U.S. Sen. Angus King said the institute “further establish(es) our state as a leader in the Arctic region.”
Fourth LL Bean customer sues over return policy change
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 21, 2018 

A California man has become the fourth L.L.Bean customer to sue the outdoor retailer over the change in its return policy earlier this year, claiming it has harmed him. L.L. Bean spokeswoman Carolyn Beem said the newest lawsuit is by the same group of lawyers handling the other three suits. “Like the other three suits, this one is meritless,” she said.
Environmentalists: Paper mills likely major source of chemical pollution in waterways
E&E/Greenwire - Monday, May 21, 2018 

A number of U.S. paper mills are expected to discharge hundreds of pounds of a controversial chemical, perfluorinated alkyl substances, into rivers — a reality that the federal government is aware of and has signed off on, according to internal Federal Drug Administration (FDA) documents. The chemical has been linked to thyroid disease and testicular cancer. Environmentalists worry that FDA records show that pollution in water from paper mills is unchecked.
Things to Do in Boothbay Harbor
Yankee Magazine - Monday, May 21, 2018 

Just an hour’s drive north of Portland lies the village of Boothbay Harbor, Maine — a seaside getaway embodying the quintessential midcoast. Its shoreline, fringed with evergreen forests and rocky outcroppings, is an idyllic setting for any weekend escape, and its downtown, filled with a variety of attractive shops and restaurants, ensures that the whole family will enjoy the trip.
The Marginal Way | A Coastal Stroll in Ogunquit
Yankee Magazine - Monday, May 21, 2018 

With its ocean views, plentiful benches, and nearby downtown Ogunquit, the Marginal Way in Maine is one of New England's most beloved scenic coastal walks.
Maine lobster industry fears retaliation if China seafood tariff is enacted
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 21, 2018 

Maine lobster dealers are among a group of U.S. seafood exporters asking federal authorities to keep its industry out of the brewing U.S-China trade war, arguing that putting a tariff on Chinese seafood would likely result in painful retaliation against U.S. exports. Such retaliation would hurt Alaskan fishermen and Maine lobstermen most, industry leaders say. In 2017, U.S. lobster exports to China were worth more than $90.2 million and rising. That’s 125 times bigger than it was just a decade earlier.
Letter: Project would only line CMP’s pockets
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 21, 2018 

CMP’s transmission line would have a massive impact on our natural resources while providing little benefit to Mainers since all of the electricity will be sent to Massachusetts. The proposed route would tarnish 53 miles of undisturbed land in Maine, cross the Kennebec River Gorge, the Appalachian Trail and 115 streams, and affect 263 different wetlands. Energy regulators in New Hampshire already rejected a similar transmission line proposal, commonly known as Northern Pass, over concerns. ~ Dwight Ely, Scarborough
110 years ago first gift for what would become Acadia National Park made by Eliza Homans
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Many people know that Acadia National Park celebrated its centennial in 2016, but few realize that it was 110 years ago this month that Eliza Homans of Boston provided a stunning donation of land that helped launch the creation of the park.
Poland Spring Resort’s Robbins named to Maine Tourism Association Hall of Fame
Turner Publishing - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Cyndi Sievert Robbins of Poland Spring Resort in Poland was named the Maine Tourism Association 2018 inductee into the association’s Hall of Fame. MTA’s Hall of Fame was created to recognize outstanding individuals who, through leadership, dedication and professionalism, have made significant and sustained contributions to the tourism industry in Maine.
What type of tree would you like to be?
Turner Publishing - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

I was intrigued recently when I saw that a local newspaper had asked their readers, “If you could be a tree, what type of a tree wouldyou be?” This prompted me to ask the followers of our Facebook page what type of tree they would be, and why. People gave some interesting answers, and no two were the same.
Aquarium Draws Crowd In Recognition Of National Endangered Species Day
Other - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Falmouth (MA) Enterprise - There is no one reason that the “very precious wild Atlantic salmon” is disappearing from the rivers in Maine, an information booklet on the subject states; rather, there are many reasons the species is now in danger of becoming extinct, such as dams, pollution, water temperature and over-fishing. Information on Atlantic salmon, North Atlantic right whales, and sea turtles, three endangered species found off the coast of New England, was available to the steady stream of visitors who attended an event at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium in recognition of National Endangered Species Day. Hundreds of people filled the aquarium event room on Saturday, May 19.
Maine Wants To Return Salmon, Herring To Historic Habitat
Associated Press - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

A Maine state project aims to bring salmon and river herring back to a tributary of one of the state's major rivers. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is using its Species Recovery Grants to States Program to award more than $310,000 to the Maine Department of Marine Resources for the project. The state wants to restore salmon and herring back to Togus Stream, a tributary of the Kennebec River. The state says the river was once home to the fish, but the construction of barriers has blocked them from their historical habitat for more than two centuries. The stream has the potential to support runs of more than 300,000 river herring into Togus Pond every year.
Why everyone in one Maine town is staring at the water
Lincoln County News - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Thousands of small fish are making their annual voyage through the Damariscotta Mills fish ladder, risking sea gulls and fishermen on the climb to Damariscotta Lake, where they will spawn. The fish can choose two paths. One leads to a waterfall, the other up the fish ladder to the lake. The fish, which normally live in saltwater, migrate to the freshwater lake to spawn. The fish that get caught in the waterfall area are the ones that are harvested.
You Can Help Turn the Tide on Plastic
National Geographic - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Six Things You Can Do (and Feel No Pain)
1. Give up plastic bags
2. Skip straws
3. Pass up plastic bottles
4. Avoid plastic packaging
5. Recycle what you can
6. Don’t litter
We Know Plastic Is Harming Marine Life. What About Us?
National Geographic - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

There often are tiny bits of plastic in the fish and shellfish we eat. Scientists are racing to figure out what that means for our health.
For Animals, Plastic Is Turning the Ocean Into a Minefield
National Geographic - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Some 700 species of marine animals have been reported—so far—to have eaten or become entangled in plastic. We don’t fully understand plastic’s long-term impact on wildlife (nor its impact on us). We haven’t been using the stuff for very long. The first documented cases of seabirds ingesting plastic were 74 Laysan albatross chicks found on a Pacific atoll in 1966, when plastic production was roughly a twentieth of what it is today. In hindsight, those birds seem like the proverbial canaries in a coal mine.
We Made Plastic. We Depend On It. Now We’re Drowning In It.
National Geographic - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Because plastic wasn’t invented until the late 19th century, and production really only took off around 1950, we have a mere 9.2 billion tons of the stuff to deal with. Of that, more than 6.9 billion tons have become waste. And of that waste, a staggering 6.3 billion tons never made it to a recycling bin—a figure that stunned the scientists who crunched the numbers in 2017. Ocean plastic is estimated to kill millions of marine animals every year.
Let there be dark: Advocates push Maine as astrotourism destination
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The state's many precious resources include the largest light-pollution-free swath in the eastern half of the U.S. 
A new effort is underway to protect it with 'dark sky' designations and promote it as an out-of-this-world attraction. Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is where the darkest skies in the state were measured last year.
Cold snap tested reliability of region’s power grid and arguments against fossil fuels
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

As Maine shivered through last winter’s historic cold spell, the region’s electric system faced an unprecedented prospect: rolling blackouts. Natural gas was scarce and pricey. A power line failure sidelined one of New England’s largest power plants. Solar panels were covered with snow and wind turbines were buffeted by storms. The combination forced grid operators to ramp up 1960s-era aging oil-fired plants to keep the lights on. The specter that operators might need to selectively switch off power to save the grid is proof to large electricity users in Maine that it’s past time to increase natural gas pipeline capacity in the region. But the Conservation Law Foundation argues the best way to maintain a reliable grid is with continued investments in efficiency and renewable energy.
How iconic author of ‘Silent Spring’ inspired Sandra Steingraber’s career as environmentalist
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Dr. Sandra Steingraber will be speaking at Maine Audubon in Falmouth this Thursday in celebration of environmental giant Rachel Carson. We called her to talk about the new book she edited, “Silent Spring & Other Writings on the Environment,” a compilation that includes a reissue of Carson’s 1962 book, many of her letters, and an introduction by Steingraber about how that seminal book came to be. Steingraber told us why she doesn’t like to use the word “prescient” to describe Carson and how “Silent Spring” made an impression on her when she was just 3 years old.
Here’s how to attract more butterflies to your garden
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Butterflies should have a place in every garden. They are colorful, not unlike flowers that have lost their anchoring roots, flitting from plant to plant. And they are quiet, meaning they don’t disturb sleep like some early-morning wild things do. Andy Brand, plant curator at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, offers tips on how to attract butterflies to a garden.
Column: Show respect to fellow turkey hunters
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has done a commendable job growing the wild turkey population in terms of both number and range, while continuing to increase hunting opportunities through longer seasons and larger bag limits. However, the one area over which they have the least control, interference, continues to be an issue. Don’t enter the woods where you know another hunter is present. ~ Bob Humphrey
After 40 years living alongside wild turkeys, half of Mainers are tired of them
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Wild turkeys were reintroduced to Maine four decades ago, mushrooming to an estimated population of 50,000 to 60,000 today. Some folks aren’t so thrilled to have them back. According to a state survey released this spring, a third of Mainers feel wild turkey are too prolific and their population should be reduced. Only half of Mainers surveyed in the statewide survey said the state does a good job managing wild turkey. More than 85 percent of Mainers strongly support hunting wild turkey. That percentage grows to 94 percent in southern and central Maine, where the birds flourish.
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