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Action Alert - Wednesday, September 19, 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
Solar 101, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Join ReVision Energy to learn about the benefits of solar technology. At Scarborough Public Library, September 26, 2018 6:30 pm.
Activist Training for Maine's Environment, Sep 27-Oct 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Maine's environmental community is hosting a series of trainings. Learn skills to be a powerful activist and meet fellow environmentalists who want to make a difference in Maine. September 27, Biddeford; October 4: Auburn; October 11, Jefferson; October 18, Falmouth.
Naturalist's Notebook, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Bowdoin biology professor Nat Wheelwright will speak about the book he wrote with Bernd Heinrich, "The Naturalist's Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You." At Portland Public Library, September 26, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Weasels of Maine, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Shevenell Webb, Wildlife Biologist with IF&W, talks about weasel ecology and natural history. At Augusta Nature Club luncheon, at Capital Area Technical Center, Augusta, September 26, 11:30 am, $7 for lunch.
NRCM online auction, thru Sep
Announcement - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

Online auction benefits Natural Resources Council of Maine, through September.
Evening for the Environment, Oct 3
Event - Posted - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

A night of camaraderie, celebration, and inspiration for those who care about protecting Maine's environment. Keynote speaker Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator. At Brick South on Thompson's Point, Portland, October 3, 5:30-8:00 pm. Organized by Maine Conservation Voters.
Help wanted: Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is seeking applications for the position of Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications. The position provides leadership in advancing NRCM and the organization’s advocacy work through the news media. Deadline: October 11, 2018.
MCV Action Fund 2018 Endorsements
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

A list of candidates endorsed by the Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund.
Bringing an ocean perspective to an urban estuary, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Karina Nielsen, director of San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science Center, will speak at the UMaine Darling Marine Center, Walpole, September 24, 12:15 pm.
Maine's Beaches are Public Property, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Author and law professor Orlando E. Delogu speaks about public access to Maine’s beaches. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, September 24, 6:30 pm.
Why Natural History Matters, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Tom Fleischner, Executive Director of the Natural History Institute, will describe how the practice of natural history provides the foundation for the natural sciences, conservation, healthy society, and our own well-being. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, September 24, 7 pm, Maine Audubon members $12, nonmembers $15.
Save our Shores Walk, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Learn how climate change may affect our shores and how CLF is working to ensure a resiliant Maine coast. At Ferry Beach, Saco, September 23, 2:30-5 pm. Sponsored by Conservation Law Foundation.
Help restore cottontail habitat, Sep 22, 28, 29
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge will host a volunteer work day to help restore native scrubland habitat, home to many species including the New England cottontail rabbit. Volunteers needed. At Libby Field, Scarborough, Sep 22, 28, 29, 9 am - 2 pm.
Art is for the birds, Sep 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

This arts workshop invites community members to collaborate on a sculpture that will provide winter shelter for birds. At Kingdom Woods Conservation Area, Blue Hill, September 22, 10 am-noon.
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Letter: CMP hydro plan bad for Maine
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 17, 2018 

I want to express my concern over Central Maine Power’s planned devastation of northern Maine. This is a David and Goliath story. This is the concrete jungle versus the natural forest. The David in this story are the small fragile communities that appear powerless to stop this power grab of wilderness. Will David be able to stay the giant? They say “you can’t fight city hall” and “money talks,” but maybe, this time, the little guy will win. ~ Deke Sawyer, Jackman
Unique National Parks You Must Visit
Other - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

There are certain places that seem to belong to another world altogether, landscapes so strange that it’s hard to believe they exist on Planet Earth. Lucky for us, many of these have been preserved as national parks, allowing us to enjoy the feeling of being transported to another time or place. These distinctive, unique national parks are truly out of this world.
Interactive map: Where Maine’s electric cars are
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Maine has about 430 all-electric cars registered in the state, according to Bureau of Motor Vehicle data from January 2018. Although that number has doubled since the end of 2015, these cars still make up only a tiny portion of the 1.3 million registered motor vehicles in Maine. The map below shows where those electric vehicles are registered in each town across the state, as well as the locations of public charging stations.
Longtime Maine Law professor to discuss public access to beaches
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

One of the founders of the Maine Civil Liberties Union is going to deliver the annual Constitution Day Lecture at the University of Maine School of Law. Orlando Delogu, professor emeritus, has taught at Maine Law for over 50 years, and has been deeply involved in policy issues, from the local to the international level. He’ll be discussing the Constitution and public access to beaches.
Mainers share the charge they get out of owning electric cars
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

An electric car ride-and-drive event at the South Portland Community Center on Sunday. Sunday’s electric car event coincided with National Drive Electric Week and was organized by the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Central Maine Power, ReVision Energy and the Greater Portland Council of Governments. A survey by NRCM showed that the top two reasons Mainers chose to buy electric cars are to reduce air pollution (76%) and to save money on gasoline (50%). More than half of the respondents said they save more than $50 per month on gas and another 30 percent save at least $25 per month.
Elevated levels of arsenic found at new RSU 2 school’s site
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Elevated levels of arsenic have been found in the soil where Regional School Unit 2 is currently building a new school, but state officials say the school district has taken appropriate steps to prevent anyone from being exposed to the heavy metals. RSU 2 discovered the high arsenic levels two years ago, after learning that pesticides were probably sprayed over the site of the future school when it was a commercial apple orchard between 1954-1986.
Wolfe's Neck agricultural center looks to grow offerings
Forecaster - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment is embarking on a capital campaign to help make its “re-imagined” campus a reality. Under the “reinvestment of the farm,” new and repurposed historic buildings and a “thoughtfully designed landscape” would allow campers, farmers, researchers and other visitors to “engage in hands-on learning about regenerative agriculture in an authentic, meaningful way.”
Maine city wants feds to help stop erosion from washing away more oceanfront homes
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Elected officials in Saco are hoping to get federal funding to help with beach erosion becoming a major problem in the city. The jetty at Camp Ellis, which was built in the 1960s, is causing ocean water to churn towards the shore. 38 oceanfront homes have fallen into the Atlantic over the years as a result of the erosion. "The Army Corps of Engineers wants to put a 750 foot spur two thousand feet off this six thousand foot jetty and also put two other wave breakers to stop the wave action so the stand stays in,” says Councilor Lynn Copeland. They are hoping for the House of Representatives will vote yes to provide funding for the solutions in the upcoming year.
Opinion: Taking care of Acadia is a wise investment
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Visitation has increased 58% over the last decade at Acadia National Park, yet the park’s inflation-adjusted budget is down approximately 12% since 2010. When you compound rising visitation with decreasing budgets, limited park staff and aging infrastructure, park facilities are on a path toward inevitable decline. Acadia staff take care of 128 miles of roads, 44 bridges, 162 vehicles, 175 buildings and 620 campsites. Friends of Acadia helps address some of the maintenance backlog by providing annual grants for the trails and carriage roads. However, our private funds are intended to supplement, not replace the fundamental responsibility of Congress to maintain these national treasures. While the focus has been on the deferred maintenance, Congress and the administration must not ignore park operations. ~ David MacDonald, Friends of Acadia
Maine farmers say legions of squirrels devouring pumpkins, apples
Associated Press - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

There’s a bumper crop of squirrels in New England, and the frenetic critters are frustrating farmers by chomping their way through apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn fields. The varmints are fattening themselves for winter while destroying the crops with bite marks.
Maine residents asked to sign up for pesticides disposal
Associated Press - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

The state of Maine is asking residents to round up their old banned and unusable pesticides and register to dispose of them safely. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says the weed- and bug-killers must be disposed of properly because otherwise they can harm human health and the environment. The state asks residents to pre-register by Oct. 5 to dispose of pesticides in Portland, Augusta, Bangor or Presque Isle. The state says the pesticide disposal program has kept more than 103 tons of pesticides out of the waste stream since 1982. It’s funded through product registration fees.
Residents alarmed by proposed expansion of Maine shellfish farm
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Portsmouth (NH) Herald - Frustrated residents from the Eliot and Kittery sides of Spinney Creek appeared before the Select Board Thursday night, seeking recourse about their concerns of the proposed expansion of Spinney Creek Shellfish. Spinney Creek Shellfish, at 27 Howell Drive in Eliot, is applying to the Maine Department of Marine Resources to obtain a three-year aquaculture lease on 3.67 acres of Spinney Creek, a salt pond between Eliot and Kittery off the Piscataqua River. The new lease is for raising oysters and littleneck clams (quahogs) in suspended cages.
The battle for dominance in the Maine Legislature could come down to a handful of races
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Voter reaction to two politicians not even on the ballot in 2018 – Gov. Paul LePage and President Trump – could play heavily in determining which party controls the Maine Legislature for the next two years. Power at the State House is currently split near evenly, with the Republicans holding a one-seat majority in the Senate and Democrats with an only slightly larger three-seat advantage in the House. That balance of power may shift in 2019.
Maine has plenty of options for renting a bicycle
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Bike rentals have always been part of summer in Maine. But in recent years, there are more offerings – from shops renting high-end mountain bikes and electric bikes to the very first rental shop catering to cruise ships in Portland Harbor. Across the state, bike rentals generally run around $30-$40 a day. Mountain bike rentals run a bit more, around $50 for a half day or $89 for a full day.
Column: Lots to like about Great Moose Lake in Hartland
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

At 3,584 acres, Great Moose Lake in Hartland is an ample body of water with lots of beautiful spots to explore. The lake is situated about an hour’s drive west of Bangor in Somerset County. Plan a visit when the weather forecast calls for light winds. ~ Michael Perry
Column: Roseate spoonbill makes unlikely stop in Dover-Foxcroft
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

On Aug. 27, Dan Furbish and Dennis Peacock were birding in Dover-Foxcroft and saw a pink bird perched on a tree around the margin of a farm pond. It was a roseate spoonbill, a record for birders in Maine. In North America, roseate spoonbills typically are found in coastal marshes in Florida and Texas. One would imagine that a wayward spoonbill in Maine would be found in a place like Scarborough Marsh. The appearance in a farm pond well away from the coast boggles the mind. Why do birds show up in unexpected places? I think the explanation for the spoonbill is a phenomenon called post-breeding dispersal. ~ Herb Wilson
Column: It’s fair to say that fowl hunters will find success
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service annually sets waterfowl hunting regulations based on harvest data from the previous season, biological and climatological data collected prior to the current season and input from the public. The black duck breeding population remained healthy enough to support a two-bird limit again this year. The mallard limit will remain at four birds, including two hen mallards. Favorable water conditions on the breeding grounds should result in numbers of most other species being similar to last year. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: What shared family camps can teach the country about working together
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

When no other humans are at my extended family’s rustic camp, I’m still surrounded. Immersion in nature is part of this Down East setting’s timeless appeal. But over the last year, I have thought more about the web of human relatives whose memories and identities are grounded here. As the tenor of politics grows more darkly divisive, sundering friendships and family ties, I think about this place and why its center holds. How has it kept people together, working more or less in concert, for 70 years? Over the decades, we’ve found that the effort invested in listening and accommodating, as we inch our way toward consensus, yields unexpected dividends. ~ Marina Schauffler
Column: Get busy at the Common Ground Country Fair
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

The Common Ground Country Fair, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s annual three-day festival of all things organic, sustainable and Maine-made magic, starts Friday and runs through Sunday. Please don’t be embarrassed if your reasons for visiting the fair have more to do with eating smoky lamb kebabs and wood-oven fired pizza than they do sitting in on a talk about tillage or watching a demonstration of gymnastic dance in harmony with your horse. ~ Mary Pols
Opinion: Tourist-turned-resident tweaks her to-do list
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Living permanently in Maine is a dream come true. For over 40 years I vacationed in and around Wells, Ogunquit and Kennebunk. I have lived in Wells for six years now, and I am happy as a clam at high tide! I live in a wonderful community, have wonderful friends, volunteer, work part-time and celebrate numerous opportunities to experience the culture and beauty of Maine. When we live in the middle of the place we love best, we tend to take it for granted. I have come to the realization that being a tourist doesn’t mean I have to come from far away to appreciate all the things I love about Maine. ~ The Rev. Charlotte Hendee, Wells
Green Drinks brings awareness, networking to Farmington
Daily Bulldog (Franklin County) - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

A collaborative event on Tuesday evening drew a crowd to Tumbledown Brewing in support of community, food security and land conservation. The first High Peaks Green Drinks threw a spotlight on the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust- a conservation group working in Franklin County- while providing a community-networking opportunity for locals. Green Drinks is an international event that aims to bring environmentally-minded people together to learn about, discuss and fundraise for different organizations.
Column: Blood trackers crucial to finding wounded animals
Sun Journal - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

Anyone who hunts big game animals long enough, no matter how well-meaning and ethical, will wound an animal. Some animals will be recovered and some will not. Maine is fortunate now to have nine experienced, competent and state-licensed blood trackers who are available to help any hunter track a wounded animal. These trackers and their trained dogs are only a phone call away. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Plastic bag ban fans conduct Waterville cleanup
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

They fanned out all across downtown Waterville on Saturday — big kids, little kids, moms, dads and City Council candidates — all volunteers to combat what they see as a growing threat to the environment. Litter. Specifically, plastic bags. Linda Woods is coordinator of the Sustain Mid Maine Coalition, sponsor of Saturday’s community cleanup in support of Waterville’s Question 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot for a ban on plastic shopping bags at stores over 10,000 square feet. “We’re trying to call attention to plastic bag litter in the city and what it looks like — the damage it’s doing to the river, the sidewalks and the new River Walk,” she said
Maine has first confirmed equine case of West Nile virus
Associated Press - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

Maine officials say a horse in York County has tested positive for the mosquito-borne West Nile virus. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says it’s the state’s first confirmed case of the disease in a horse on record. The virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. The horse was not vaccinated against the disease. The animal was showing neurological signs last week. The department said it’s undergoing supportive veterinary care and is not a threat to infect other animals or people.
Scientists: Expect more intense hurricanes
Associated Press - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

A warmer world makes for nastier hurricanes. Scientists say they are wetter, possess more energy and intensify faster. Their storm surges are more destructive because climate change has already made the seas rise. And lately, the storms seem to be stalling more often and thus dumping more rain. Study after study shows that climate change in general makes hurricanes worse.
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