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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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Rail group eyes Amtrak service to Rockland by summer 2018
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, October 24, 2017 

A pilot program that would bring seasonal passenger rail service as far north as Rockland is being explored by the transportation authority tasked with handling the state’s contract with Amtrak’s Downeaster service. The pilot program would extend the Downeaster’s rail service ― which begins in Boston ― up the coast from its current northern point of Brunswick, adding new stops in Bath, Wiscasset, Newcastle and Rockland.
GAO Report: Climate Change Impacts Will Cost Taxpayers $1 Trillion Over Two Decades
Maine Public - Tuesday, October 24, 2017 

A new federal report predicts that the effects of climate change will cost federal taxpayers a trillion dollars over the next two decades. Maine Sen. Susan Collins was among those who called for the study from the Government Accountability Office. “There has not been nearly enough analysis on the consequences, for our economy, for the federal budget,” Collins says. The Republican senator says the study shows that Congress must invest in initiatives and policies that mitigate the impacts of climate change, and avoid huge additional budget costs. Collins says simply spending billions on recovery efforts from stronger storms is not an adequate strategy.
Rule changes will allow scallop fishing in state waters
Associated Press - Tuesday, October 24, 2017 

Federal regulators say they have approved a change to fishing rules that will allow Maine and Massachusetts scallop fishermen opportunities to fish in state waters. Federal regulators say they have approved a change to fishing rules that will allow Maine and Massachusetts scallop fishermen opportunities to fish in state waters. NOAA says both states qualify for a program called the State Waters Scallop Exemption Program. The program allows some fishermen who are permitted to fish in federal waters to harvest scallops in state waters.
Portland students’ ocean litter project wins conservation award
Forecaster - Tuesday, October 24, 2017 

In their bid to protect the ocean from litter, two students at King Middle School have won the People’s Choice Award from the Natural Resources Council of Maine. The council held its annual conservation leadership awards ceremony Oct. 19 in Bath, where Addie Farmer, 13, and Lainey Randall, 14, were both honored. Farmer and Randall were singled out for their efforts in galvanizing the Portland community into collecting and tracking litter found in Casco Bay. In just a month, with the help of their friends, neighbors, city leaders and others, the girls were able to collect and remove nearly 8,000 pieces of trash from local beaches.
Trekkers Hosts Cultural Exchange
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, October 24, 2017 

Trekkers recently hosted their twelfth annual “From the ‘Hood to the Woods” program at Blueberry Cove Camp in Tenants Harbor. The five-day expedition provided an opportunity for local students from Trekkers and students from their sister organization, Urban Trekkers of Camden, NJ, to build meaningful relationships across cultural boundaries, and to challenge themselves in Maine’s beautiful outdoors.
Feds Will Allow East Coast Fishermen To Catch More Herring
Associated Press - Tuesday, October 24, 2017 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it is allowing about 2.2 million pounds more Atlantic herring quota in the inshore Gulf of Maine area until Dec. 31. The agency says the increase is due to an under-harvest by some fishermen in New Brunswick, Canada. U.S. fishermen from Maine to Florida caught more than 175 million pounds of Atlantic herring in 2015. Most of the fish were brought to shore in Maine and Massachusetts. The fish are an important source of bait for the American lobster fishery, and availability of the herring has ebbed and flowed in recent years. They are also used as food.
Federal study requested by Sen. Collins says climate change already costing U.S. billions
Associated Press - Tuesday, October 24, 2017 

A Government Accountability Office report, requested by Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Maria Cantwell of Washington and released Monday, said the federal government has spent more than $350 billion over the last decade on disaster assistance programs and losses from flood and crop insurance. That tally does not include the massive toll from this year’s wildfires and three major hurricanes, expected to be among the most costly in the nation’s history. “This nonpartisan GAO report Senator Cantwell and I requested contains astonishing numbers about the consequences of climate change for our economy and for the federal budget in particular,” said Collins.
Burt’s Bees Cofounder On Why She Gave Away 87,000 Acres In Maine
Other - Tuesday, October 24, 2017 

Forbes - Roxanne Quimby, the former hippie, who took Burt’s Bees from a rural Maine operation selling at craft fairs to an international brand, eventually sold the company in two nine-figure transactions in the mid-2000s. Flush with cash, Quimby purchased thousands of acres, aiming to preserve the land rather than develop it. In 2016, she donated roughly $75 million worth of her holdings to the National Park Service -- over 87,000 acres overall -- and $6 million to other causes. When National Park Service’s 100th anniversary rolled around in 2016, Quimby turned over $10 million worth of inholdings she acquired over the years to the federal government, and donated around 87,500 acres of land in Maine to create a national monument called Katahdin Woods and Waters.
Midcoast legislators get high marks from Maine Conservation Voters
Penobscot Bay Pilot - Tuesday, October 24, 2017 

During the 2017 state legislative session, seven environmental bills came before lawmakers. Five of those bills were vetoed by the governor, yet successfully overridden afterward. One veto was sustained, and one bill was defeated. Maine Conservation Voters kept tally of how lawmakers voted on the seven laws, which are listed below. Every year, the Maine Conservation Voters issues its Environmental Scorecard, which is a resource for citizens to see how their legislators voted on the state’s environmental laws. Here is how 14 midcoast legislators scored.
Mainers and tourists depend on land trust properties for outdoor fun
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, October 24, 2017 

The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands manages a little more than 600,000 acres in our state and offers less than 15% as many miles of hiking trails (175 miles versus 1260 miles) and far fewer boat launch sites (35 versus 203) than land trusts. So it’s no surprise that land trust lands see a lot more public use, partly because many of them are located closer to population centers and popular tourist destinations.
Letter: Sens. Collins, King deserve praise for opposing Arctic drilling
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, October 24, 2017 

Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King recently demonstrated courage and far-sightedness in voting against opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. This refuge is one of the last remaining unspoiled areas in our country. The damage done by road building, the presence of heavy machinery and oil extraction would be permanent and irreversible. To allow drilling for oil there would also mean releasing tons of additional CO2 into our atmosphere. I am very grateful for the wise decision made by each of our two senators in voting “no” to drilling in the Arctic refuge. ~ Margaret Bartenhagen, Kennebunk
CREA announces new director
Times Record - Monday, October 23, 2017 

The Cathance River Education Alliance Board of Directors has hired Wendy Van Damme as the organization’s new executive director. She takes the place of Matt Dubel, who left the organization in July to become the executive director of Portland ConnectEd. Van Damme comes to CREA after more than 12 years in leadership roles with the Peace Corps. Prior to her tenure with the Peace Corps she served on local boards and was a teacher at Mt. Ararat Middle School.
​Education out of the classroom, onto the water
Working Waterfront - Monday, October 23, 2017 

In Maine, there has been encouraging unity among elected officials for creating educational opportunity for young folks for jobs in fields like solar power, IT, health care, and building trades. But how do we get teens to find those training opportunities, and how do we prepare them to succeed once enrolled? One effort addressing those concerns is the Eastern Maine Skippers program, which works with high schools along the coast in Vinalhaven, Stonington, Blue Hill, Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, Harrington, Milbridge, and Jonesport-Beals. Skippers offers a marine-based curriculum to students who join the program, and much of the work is done outside the traditional classroom.
Developers: New Waste-To-Energy Plant in Hampden On Track For April Opening
Maine Public - Monday, October 23, 2017 

The developers of a new $69 million waste-to-energy plant in Hampden say steel for the 144,000-square-foot building is expected to arrive this week, and that plans are on track for an April 1 opening. Speaking to members of the Maine Resource Recovery Association in Brewer, Craig Stuart-Paul, CEO of Fiberight LLC, the company that will run the facility, said roadwork and other site preparation targets have been completed ahead of schedule.
200 Scientists Urge Congress To Maintain Science-Based Fisheries Management
Maine Public - Monday, October 23, 2017 

More than 200 scientists say Congress should protect federal sustainable fishing laws in advance of a key hearing about the future of the way the government manages fisheries. The Senate commerce committee is holding a hearing on Tuesday about reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The act is the main law governing U.S. fisheries. The scientists sent a letter to Congress on Monday. They say they are opposed to "legislative efforts that would weaken science-based management of U.S. marine fish populations.''
Cool air, water won’t hold back these Maine paddlers
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 23, 2017 

Mist crept over the still, cold water of Pushaw Stream, rising slowly to meet the first rays of sunlight. On the morning of Oct. 19, frost clung to the tall grasses edging the quiet waterway. A lone crow cried out, and Gudrun Keszöcze steared her red, battered canoe upstream. Comfortable in a winter hat, gloves and plenty of warm clothing, Keszöcze is one of many people in Maine who continue paddling throughout the fall, refusing to put up their boats until ice starts to form on the state’s many streams, rivers, lakes and ponds.
Take a Couple Days to Experience Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
Portland Press Herald - Monday, October 23, 2017 

When Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument became a reality on the ground, I just had to get up there and take a good look around. Over four glorious days and three frosty nights last Veterans Day weekend, two companions and I did just that, on what I now consider one of the best multi-day backpacking treks in Maine. This is a backpacking trip you’ve got to do, be it this fall or next spring or summer. ~ Carey Kish
Nature Moments: Sharing Your Lawn with Bugs
Maine Audubon - Monday, October 23, 2017 

You’d have to really hate butterflies, beetles and bugs to spread insecticides all over your lawn. Once you take a closer look at the ingredients and cautions, you may decide to share your lawn with other living creatures. [video]
Column: Bottom of the barrel
Daily Bulldog (Franklin County) - Monday, October 23, 2017 

There are currently ten Democratic gubernatorial candidates. Which is about nine and a half more than necessary. That’s less of a problem than it seems, because the majority of these pols aren’t actually campaigning for the Blaine House, but engaging in a bizarre form of ego gratification that somehow finds fulfillment in making speeches to garden clubs, high school civics classes and thoroughly confused attendees at Star Trek conventions. Which Dems fall in that category? Here’s your list. ~ Al Diamon
Rail-Trail Winter Wonderlands: Aroostook Valley Trail
Other - Monday, October 23, 2017 

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy - In northeastern Maine, not far from the Canadian border, the Aroostook Valley Trail offers a densely wooded, backcountry experience that snowmobilers will find appealing. The rail-trail travels 28 miles from Presque Isle to New Sweden and connects to the 61-mile Bangor–Aroostook Trail for an even longer ride. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding are also popular on the trail during the winter months.
Changing ocean alters food web
Summit Voice - Monday, October 23, 2017 

Big fish eat little fish is the conventional wisdom of the sea, but it’s not always quite so simple. When Global warming and El Niño combined in 2015 and 2016 to warm the Pacific Ocean to new record-high temperatures, it shifted the food chain significantly, according to scientists with NOAA, the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. According to their new study, published in the journal Science Advances, the food web “changed in response to various natural and anthropogenic related stressors.”
Wardens Offer $2,500 Reward For Person Who Shot Bald Eagle
Associated Press - Monday, October 23, 2017 

Maine game wardens are searching for the person who shot and mortally wounded a young American bald eagle near a state park in Penobscot County earlier this month. The Maine Warden Service says the eagle was found by officials in a remote corner of Penobscot County northeast of Baxter State Park on Oct. 13. Wardens say the bird had been shot by a shotgun and was badly wounded. Officials had to put down the bald eagle. The Warden Service is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person responsible. Anyone with information is urged to contact officials.
Moose Hunting Open Again In Northern Maine This Week
Associated Press - Monday, October 23, 2017 

The Maine moose hunt is back open for a few days in the far northern part of the state. The moose hunt begins in September, lasts until late November and is broken up into four stretches. The third stretch begins on Monday and lasts until Oct. 28. It's limited mostly to four wildlife management districts that include northern Aroostook County. A district in eastern Maine that includes Grand Lake Stream and Indian Township is also open for hunting. The state gave out 2,080 moose permits this year, 60 fewer than 2016.
Here is where Maine stocked fish this year
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, October 23, 2017 

If you chase stocked fish, you might want to check out this recent report, issued by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The report lists stocked waters by county, and even tells you how many fish and what species of fish were stocked. They also list the size of the stocked fish. You can read that report here.
Portland Democrats plagued by infighting weeks before election
Portland Press Herald - Monday, October 23, 2017 

The race for a Portland City Council seat among a trio of Democrats has split the city’s progressive activists, spawned a charge of collusion and led to an effort to oust the leader of the Democratic City Committee. Sixteen active members of the committee petitioned last week to remove Chairwoman Emily Figdor for taking sides in the race and for allegedly using the committee to pursue a “pet political project.” The mutiny against Figdor comes less than two weeks after her husband and fellow activist Steven Biel stepped down from the steering committee of Progressive Portland, a group he co-founded, after it became public that he was actively taking sides in the council race. [Figdor is former director of Environment Maine.]
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