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Action Alert - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 

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A Citizen’s Guide to Helping the Birds of Maine, Oct 22
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 

Laura Suomi-Lecker, Outreach Coordinator at Avian Haven, will show the effort and dedication required to rehabilitate eagles, owls, hawks, loons, and many species of songbirds. At Topsham Public Library, October 22, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Shells: Treasures from Maine Shores, Oct 21
Event - Posted - Monday, October 14, 2019 

Alison C. Dibble, conservation biologist, shares her passion for Maine shells ranging from clams and snails to slippers and whelks. At Moore Community Center, Ellsworth, October 21, 7 pm. Sponsored by Downeast Audubon.
Ocean Commotion 5k Run/Walk, Oct 19
Event - Posted - Saturday, October 12, 2019 

You and your friendly four legged running companions can participate in the 5th Annual Ocean Commotion 5k Race. At Hermit Island Campground, Phippsburg, October 19, benefits Marine Mammals of Maine.
Falling Leaf Fun, Oct 18
Event - Posted - Friday, October 11, 2019 

Friends of Sears Island will host a program for kids. At Belfast City Park, October 18, 2:30-4 pm.
NRCM's Annual Conservation Leadership Awards, Oct 16
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 9, 2019 

Natural Resources Council of Maine 2019 Conservation Leadership Awards:
• Jon Lund, Hallowell, Lifetime Achievement Award
• Liz Caruso, Caratunk, tireless activist against the proposed CMP transmission corridor
• SolaRISE Student Activists, Portland, advocates for providing solar energy to local schools
• Sandi Howard for dedication to administering Say NO to NECEC
At Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, Portland, October 16, 6-8 pm.
Bees and Blueberries: Where Does It Go From Here? Oct 16
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 9, 2019 

Pollinator Biologist Eric Venturi will present this year's Roque Island Lecture on Environmental Conservation: The future of cultivating blueberries. At UMaine at Machias, October 16, 11 am.
Evening for the Environment, Oct 22
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 8, 2019 

Keynote speaker Richard Louv, author of "Last Child in the Woods," speaks on nature-deficit disorder, the importance of exposure to nature for health, and the need for environmental protection. Also, celebrate policy wins for conservation and clean energy in Maine. At UNE's Innovation Hall, Portland, October 22, 5:30 pm. Sponsored by Maine Conservation Voters.
Fall Photography Walk, Oct 12
Event - Posted - Saturday, October 5, 2019 

Jim McCarthy will share secrets for creative nature photography. At Cathance River Education Alliance Ecology Center, Topsham, October 12, 9-11 am, limit 20, pre-register.
Kennebec Land Trust, Howard Hill Historical Park dedication, Oct 10
Announcement - Thursday, October 3, 2019 

Judy Camuso, Commissioner, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife; Howard Lake, KLT Director; Bill Bridgeo, Augusta City Manager; Augusta Mayor Dave Rollins; and Andrew Silsby, President of Kennebec Savings Bank, provide remarks October 10, 4 pm, at the historic Gannett treehouse overlook.
Insects in decline in Maine, Oct 9
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 2, 2019 

Sarah Haggerty, Maine Audubon conservation biologist, talks about her research on Maine insect populations. At UMaine-Farmington, October 9, 7 pm. Sponsored by Western Maine Audubon.
Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability, Oct 8
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

E.J. Milner-Gulland, Professor of Biodiversity at the University of Oxford, UK, will speak on “An Optimistic Vision for a Sustainable, Wild, and Socially Just World.” Also, remarks by Senator George J. Mitchell. At UMaine at Orono, October 8, 2 pm, pre-register.
Fund for Maine Land Conservation seeking applications for grants to support future projects
Announcement - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

The Fund for Maine Land Conservation, a component fund of the Maine Community Foundation, is accepting grant applications to support projects that encourage preservation of Maine’s land. Deadline: Oct. 15.
Pesticides disposal
Announcement - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

Mainers can dispose of unusable and waste pesticides in October at four sites: Presque Isle, Jonesboro, Augusta and Portland. Registration deadline: October 7.
One Maine, One Health, Oct 8
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

Maine Public Health Association's 2019 Annual Conference, "One Maine, One Health: Uniting Maine's people, environment and wildlife for better health and economy." At Augusta Civic Center, October 8, 8 am - 3 pm.
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New England’s herring fishery to shut for 2 weeks
Associated Press - Friday, October 27, 2017 

Part of the New England herring fishery will be shut down for two weeks to allow the fish to spawn. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says samples from Massachusetts and New Hampshire show a high number of spawning herring in the area. That means a stretch of coast and ocean from Cape Cod to southern Maine will close from Oct. 29 to Nov. 11.
30 years ago, many doubted Maine Island Trail would work. Today, it’s ‘a treasure’
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 27, 2017 

It was a novel idea — a water trail along the Maine coast, with campsites scattered on the state’s many uninhabited islands. In 1987, Camden native Dave Getchell, Sr., presented this vision, “a waterway for small boats,” in an editorial in the magazine Small Boat Journal, and readers throughout Maine wrote to Getchell, stating their interest in the idea and offering to become involved. Now 30 years later, the Maine Island Trail weaves through islands and along the rocky coast for 375 miles and features 218 sites, some for day use and some for camping.
Editorial: Want the government to stop wasting money? Demand it acts on climate change.
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 27, 2017 

“The federal government cannot afford the billions of dollars in additional funding that is going to be needed if we do not take into account and start acting on the serious consequences of climate change,” Sen. Susan Collins said on the U.S. Senate floor earlier this week. “Spending more than $300 billion each year, in response to severe weather events that are connected to warming waters and producing strong hurricanes, is simply not a solution.” The Trump administration’s plan to gut dozens of environmental protection and climate change measures can be slowed by lawmakers who put the wellbeing of Americans ahead of party loyalty.
Highlights of the 2017 Season
Other - Friday, October 27, 2017 

Canoe Maine - Pictures highlighting Canoe the Wild’s 2017 canoeing season on the Allagash, Penobscot, St. Croix, Bonaventure and Mattawamkeag River.
Why I’m called Jumping Spider, searching for boxes in the woods
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Friday, October 27, 2017 

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a story about letterboxing, an activity that involves searching for containers called letterboxes in public places, such as trail networks and libraries, parks and historic sites. It’s a game that gets you exploring, and it also involves a little bit of creativity. As I learned more about the game, I realized that while I was enthusiastic to write about it, I also wanted to participate.
Maine’s congressional delegation questions proposed Acadia fee hikes
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 27, 2017 

Maine’s four members of Congress all signaled opposition to a Trump administration proposal to increase entrance fees during the peak season for visitors at Acadia National Park. U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King as well as U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin have promised to review Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s proposal, saying they feared that it would make Acadia unaffordable to many Mainers.
It was a great honor to receive this environmental leadership award
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, October 27, 2017 

On Wednesday night, Maine Conservation Voters presented me with the Harrison Richardson Environmental Leadership Award for 2017, a very great honor, at an event in Portland. I got the award for “writing, speaking, advocating, and inspiring all of us to protect the woods, waters, and wildlife of Maine.” I want to share the speech I gave at the event with you today.
Governor, Senator Set To Meet With Loggers
Associated Press - Friday, October 27, 2017 

Maine's Republican governor and a Democratic senator are set to discuss the challenges facing loggers and the state's logging industry. Gov. Paul LePage will attend a logging discussion hosted by Democratic Sen. Troy Jackson in New Canada on Friday afternoon. Jackson, a logger himself, has said Maine loggers and truckers are out of work while Canadians cut Maine wood, mill it in Canada and sell it back to the U.S. Jackson wants to establish a "Hire American'' tax credit for businesses engaged in the logging industry that hire U.S. citizens. The Legislative Council voted 5-5 Thursday against allowing lawmakers to weigh in on his bill. The governor has said Canadian softwood lumber tariffs are making it tough for companies that do business on both sides of the Maine border.
Farmers voted heavily for Trump, but his trade policies are terrible for them
Washington Post - Friday, October 27, 2017 

To get through these lean times, farmers have been taking out more and more loans. Department of Agriculture statistics indicate that while farm income has been cut nearly in half in the past four years, farm debt has increased by more than a quarter — with projections that it could surpass $390 billion in 2017, the highest level since the farm crisis in the 1980s. And yet, President Donald Trump — whom many farmers voted for specifically because of plunging income — may be about to make things far worse. Trump is threatening to withdraw entirely from the North American Free Trade Agreement, a move that farm lobbying organizations, market analysts and trade experts universally agree would be disastrous for farmers.
82-year-old man becomes oldest person to hike the entire Appalachian Trail
Washington Post - Friday, October 27, 2017 

There was a moment in August when Dale “Grey Beard” Sanders considered giving up. In the 100-Mile Wilderness in Maine, far from help, he was bleeding internally and having heart palpitations – not surprising considering that he was 50 or 60 years older than most of the people he had met on the Appalachian Trail. Sanders called his wife in Tennessee and she urged him to keep going. With a go-ahead from his doctors, he did, and on Thursday, Sanders, 82, officially became the oldest person to hike the entire 2,190-mile trail in a year.
Regulators To Assess Population Of Horseshoe Crabs On East Coast
Associated Press - Friday, October 27, 2017 

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says its assessment of the horseshoe crab stock will begin this month. Horseshoe crabs are economically important in part because of their role in medicine. They are harvested for their blue blood, which is used to make sure medical products aren't contaminated. Horseshoe crab blood contains a chemical that is used to detect bacteria. The crabs are also used as bait. Harvesters collected more than 1.6 million pounds of them in 2015. The commission says the stock assessment will evaluate the population's health and help inform management measures.
Dam re-licensing could leave Graham Lake camp owners, conservationists high and dry
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 27, 2017 

Allowing the federal relicensing of two dams according to terms that won’t address the concerns of property owners or fisheries conservationists. But this isn’t your typical fisheries conservation movement. Not even close. Mention “conservation group” in the same sentence with the word “dam,” and you’re likely going to get into a raging battle about whether the dam even needs to exist.
Portland initiative’s aim: More say in rezoning for neighbors of development
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 27, 2017 

Portland residents may get the power to block zoning changes near their homes if voters approve a ballot question next month sparked by neighborhood opposition to a large housing project on the outskirts of the city. Rezoning decisions are now made by the City Council, based on recommendations from the Planning Board, and after community meetings and public hearings. The proposed ordinance would allow neighbors of a property targeted for rezoning to block it if enough of them signed a petition to do so.
Opinion: In Portland, vote ‘yes’ on neighbor land-use powers
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 27, 2017 

My intention to vote “yes” on Question 2 stems from a growing frustration over the apparent unwillingness of Portland’s Planning Board and City Council to maintain the integrity of Portland’s planning and zoning when tempted by the prospect of big residential and commercial development projects. Even if Question 2 does not pass, if it receives a large vote, maybe our public servants will hesitate the next time before they scrap existing zoning protections at the behest of some large developer. ~ Peter Murray, a retired lawyer, lives in Portland’s East End
Letter: Death of ‘Big John'
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 27, 2017 

The ancestors of “Big John” the bear needed three items to make bear hunting fairer: sling shots so they can shoot back, huge sums of money to bait the guides and hunters, and trained Martians to track the hunters. Let’s become bear fair. ~ Jim Barrows, Brownville
Letter: Fishing intertidal zone
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 27, 2017 

Rockweed is a fish. I pronounce that because I am a fisherman, and I fish for rockweed. We, the people of Maine, have a right to fish in the intertidal zone. That is not the right to catch fish, but the right to ply the ancient trade of fishing. Because if fishing is to catch fish, what is a clam, a periwinkle, or a bloodworm? Those are as similar to fish as your job is to mine. But if the rockweed isn’t ours, there is still hope. That retired professor may let you harvest the peninsula he summers on, or that trust fund heir may let you harvest the ledge that forms the cove his home overlooks. Failing all else, you might get hired to mow their lawns. ~ Dave Olsen, Columbia
Letter: Tax carbon emissions
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 27, 2017 

One can just follow the money to see who funded the few studies that deny climate change — big oil. They can’t help themselves; the climate deniers in Congress get huge sums from the oil companies in political contributions. Just as we accept the science of modern medical treatment when we are sick, we should accept the modern science that tells us that climate change is real and it is largely caused by man’s activities. Let’s let our legislators know that we support the Citizens’ Climate Lobby program for a carbon fee and dividend. ~ Jeffrey Jones, Bangor
Greater​ ​Portland​ ​Tomorrow:​ ​Some​ ​Lessons​ ​for​ ​Greater​ ​Bangor
Other - Thursday, October 26, 2017 

From Remarks​ ​by​ ​Richard​ ​Barringer​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Greater​ ​Bangor​ ​Chamber​: Just​ ​as​ ​Greater​ ​Portland​ ​today​ ​is​ ​the​ ​economic​ ​driver​ ​of​ ​southern​ ​Maine,​ ​so Greater​ ​Bangor​ ​is​ ​the​ ​dominant​ ​economic​ ​driver​ ​of​ ​the​ ​north,​ ​and​ ​will increasing​ ​be​ ​so.
Options for turbine point to removal, but what next?
Biddeford-Saco-OOB Courier - Thursday, October 26, 2017 

The defunct wind turbine in front of the Amtrak Station is expected to be removed before the end of the year. Saco officials are already discussing what might take its place. Wyman & Simpson, Inc. submitted the only bid to the public works department for $30,000 to remove the turbine. The bid was much higher than expected and city officials will speak to them about lowering the cost of the project. If that isn’t possible, the city will reach out to other local companies that have done similar work to find an affordable price for the removal of the turbine. The turbine was installed in 2007 for $200,000 by Entegrity Wind Systems. The company went bankrupt a year later and the turbine has since been plagued with issues. It was shut off in summer 2016 with no money in the budget allocated for repairs.
Land Trusts complete projects in all 16 counties to benefit Maine industries
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, October 26, 2017 

Maine has the smallest percentage of public land of all the states on the East Coast, 6.5%. So we are very lucky that Maine has one of the most active land trust communities in the nation, with more land trusts per capita than any other state. Collectively, Maine’s 75+ land conservation organizations have conserved a little more than 2.5 million acres of the state. 600,000 acres owned by land trusts are available to the public for outdoor recreation. 1,900,000 acres are still privately owned, on the tax rolls, and protected with conservation easements.
Developers propose another massive solar array, this time in Clinton
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, October 26, 2017 

Plans for another large-scale solar project in the region continue to progress, as an energy company plans to file for a permit application in early November for a 20-megawatt facility. The proposed site would be on about 150 acres between Holt Road and Channing Place, which is near the Sebasticook River. The application will be under the name Winslow Solar LLC, which is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, a Florida-based company that recently took over the assets for Ranger Solar, of southern Maine.
Column: Egret 84T
Free Press - Thursday, October 26, 2017 

Growing up as a Nature-prone kid, I would occasionally ponder various stretches of woodland and contemplate what kinds of birds and animals might lurk within a given tract of forest. I would envision the tree cover as a rising theatre curtain being hoisted skyward to temporarily reveal its wild contents. There were similar curiosities about feathered vagrants, birds that chanced into my view. Where had they hatched? Where had they wintered? To what far destinations had their migratory treks and random travels taken them? Some partial answers to these intriguing travel mysteries are provided through studying banded birds. ~ Don Reimer
Clean-energy jobs projected to boom in next decade
Associated Press - Thursday, October 26, 2017 

President Trump pledges to revive the nation’s struggling coal mines, but new data from the federal agency that tracks employment growth suggests blue-collar job seekers would do better to look to clean energy. According to projections released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top-growing job classification over the next nine years will be solar photovoltaic installers. Those positions are expected to double, from 11,300 in 2016 to 23,200 by 2026.
Legislative leaders spike most bill proposals for second session
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 26, 2017 

Legislative leaders on Thursday rejected a majority of proposed bills from fellow lawmakers for consideration in January, including a number of issues that have been the subject of ongoing debates. When the second year of the 128th Legislature continues in 2018, it won’t debate Maine’s bottle redemption system, metallic mineral mining rules, net energy metering, or any of a number of proposals to alter the citizen initiated referendum process. Here is a list of the bills lawmakers let in. Lawmakers have until Nov. 1 to appeal these decisions and the Legislative Council will reconvene Nov. 30. In addition to the bills allowed to move forward, lawmakers will consider nearly 320 bills carried over from earlier this year.
Maine man gets 2 years in federal prison for trafficking in baby eels
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 26, 2017 

A Waldoboro man has been sentenced in federal court to serve two years in prison for his role in an East Coast scheme that trafficked in millions of dollars in poached baby eels. Richard D. Austin pleaded guilty in April to violating the federal Lacey Act by trafficking in baby eels, or elvers. He was accused of illegally harvesting roughly $190,000 worth of elvers in Massachusetts and Virginia from 2013 to 2015 and of selling the poached elvers to dealers in Illinois and New York. Austin is the first to be sentenced to prison time of 18 men charged as a result of the so-called “Operation Broken Glass” federal investigation.
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