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Searching Science – Vernal Pools, Jan 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 

Dive deep into shallow waters to take a closer look at the seasonal nature of a vernal pool and the impact it has on amphibian and invertebrate life cycles. At Patten Library, Bath, 4 pm.
Bangor EcoHomes, Jan 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 

Suzanne and David Kelly will discuss Bangor EcoHomes: balancing sustainability and affordability. At Bangor Public Library, January 11, 6 pm. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Alewife Restoration, Jan 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 

Jennifer Irving, Executive Director of Sebasticook Regional Land Trust, will talk about recent progress and upcoming plans for the Alewife Restoration Initiative. At SRLT, Unity, January 11, 6:30 pm.
Reject Scott Pruitt
Action Alert - Tuesday, January 3, 2017 

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Trump’s pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from dirty energy companies and has said his climate denial is “not a crime” even though it puts millions of Americans at risk. If you’ve had enough climate denial, it’s time to make your voice heard. ~ Maine Conservation Voters, Environment Maine and Natural Resources Council of Maine
Exploring Winter, Jan 10-Mar 7
Event - Posted - Tuesday, January 3, 2017 

Bring your young family to participate in one hour of playful activities designed to encourage self-discovery, a sense of place and a budding awareness of the natural world. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, Tuesdays (except Feb 21), 9:15-10:15 am, Maine Audubon child members $90, child non-members $130, children under 2 free, ages 2-5.
Maine Agricultural Trades Show, Jan 10-12
Event - Posted - Tuesday, January 3, 2017 

The show highlights Maine agriculture and the people involved through demonstrations, presentations and meetings of nearly 40 major agricultural organizations. There will be over 120 exhibits featuring the newest in agricultural products, equipment and services.
DayAgainstDenial rally, Jan 9
Action Alert - Monday, January 2, 2017 

#DayAgainstDenial actions will deliver a message to Senators from their constituents coast-to-coast to show that opposition to Trump's agenda is just getting started. The #DayAgainstDenial rally in Augusta on January 9 at 2 pm is asking Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King to reject the Climate Denier Cabinet. ~ 350.org
Burnt Meadow Mountain Winter Hike, Jan 8
Event - Posted - Sunday, January 1, 2017 

A 3.3-mile, round-trip hike of Burnt Meadow Mountain in Brownfield, January 8. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Pleasant Mountain winter hike, Jan 8
Event - Posted - Sunday, January 1, 2017 

A 2.3-mile hike on the Fire Wardens Trail at Pleasant Mountain, Bridgton, with snowshoes or ice grippers depending on trail conditions, January 8. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
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Study predicts more ‘extreme heat’ days in Maine as climate warms
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

A new climate report from the Union of Concerned Scientists predicts that Maine could see more than a 10-fold increase in the number of 90-plus degree days by midcentury and up to 11 days by century’s end when temperatures top 100 degrees. The analysis, which is based on historic temperature data and climate models, suggests New Englanders will have to adjust to more frequent occurrences of heat events more typical today of places in the Deep South. The “extreme heat” analysis is just the latest report predicting major impacts on Maine’s commercial fisheries as well as other sectors of Maine’s tourism, agricultural and forestry economies.
Extra pogy catch could ease bait worries for lobster industry
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Maine unlocked access to more lobster bait Monday with the reopening of the menhaden fishery, easing the lobster industry’s anxiety about a looming bait shortage as peak summer season kicks into high gear. The state ordered its menhaden fleet to stop fishing on June 30 after officials concluded it had exceeded the state’s annual quota of 2.4 million pounds by 1.5 million pounds, the majority of which was landed in the last four days of June. But menhaden, a schooling forage fish also called pogy, were still abundant in Maine waters from Kittery to Penobscot Bay, so Maine sought access to another 4.7 million pounds of quota that is set aside for New England states to share when they catch their limit but the fish remains in large numbers. Last week, regional fishing managers approved Maine’s request.
If a tick bites you in Maine, collect it and send it for testing
Associated Press - Monday, July 15, 2019 

The state of Maine is reminding residents that, if they get bitten by a tick, they can collect the arachnid and send it for testing. The testing can show whether the person bitten by the tick was exposed to tick-borne diseases. The UMaine Cooperative Extension Tick Lab tests for Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and babesia. The tests are $15 per tick for Maine residents. Health care providers reported more than 1,400 confirmed and probable Lyme cases to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention last year.
Pollinator gardens enhance, beautify Portland’s ecology
Forecaster - Monday, July 15, 2019 

With bee colony collapse, habitat destruction and the spread of invasive species, it’s become the mission of many in Maine to encourage people to think about gardening in new ways that specifically support pollinator health. Among the groups and individuals working to create a landscape where both native plants and pollinators can thrive is the Portland Pollinator Partnership. The group’s mission, she said, is to encourage people to plant pollinator and insect-friendly vegetation, either within their own gardens or in public spots, with the goal of “connecting urban residents with nature on a daily basis.”
Warming Waters
Maine Public - Monday, July 15, 2019 

The impacts of climate change on the Gulf of Maine's ecosystem and people.
Belfast officials get their first tour of proposed land-based fish farm site
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Belfast Planning Board members donned high boots and bug repellant on Wednesday to do a walk-through of the property where Nordic Aquafarms would like to build a land-based salmon farm. The tour took them through boggy fields, into piney woods and across Route 1 to the waterfront property where the company’s intake and outfall pipelines will be built if the project is permitted and moves forward.
Maine forest ranger airlifted to Boston hospital after serious head injury
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 15, 2019 

A Maine forest ranger was seriously injured Saturday night after an accident in Down East Maine, according to the Maine fire marshal’s office. Ranger Dustin Pickering reportedly jumped off a boat into a lake in Topsfield when his head struck a rock, according to the fire marshal’s office. Pickering suffered several broken vertebrae as a result of that jump, the fire marshal’s office said. Pickering was flown to a hospital in Boston due to the extent of his injuries and is currently in serious condition.
What has to happen before Mainers could get to vote on CMP’s corridor project
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Opponents of Central Maine Power’s unpopular proposal to bring Quebec hydropower to the regional grid through a western Maine transmission line are signaling that they want voters to decide the project’s fate, but their deadline is tight and details are unclear. They have to get more than 63,000 signatures by a January deadline. It’s a response to the utility’s intense and successful lobbying defense of the $1 billion proposal for a 145-mile corridor, which has been opposed by or lost support from 20 towns in a flurry of grassroots opposition. A March poll paid for by the Natural Resources Council of Maine found 65 percent opposition to the project statewide, with that percentage in the upper 80s in Franklin and Somerset counties — the ones most affected by the corridor.
Belfast officials get their first tour of proposed land-based fish farm site
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Belfast Planning Board members donned high boots and bug repellant on Wednesday to do a walk-through of the property where Nordic Aquafarms would like to build a land-based salmon farm. The tour took them through boggy fields, into piney woods and across Route 1 to the waterfront property where the company’s intake and outfall pipelines will be built if the project is permitted and moves forward.
Column: Beware the browntail moth
Morning Sentinel - Monday, July 15, 2019 

How did I spend my first summer vacation? Mixing up equal parts of maximum strength Cortizone-10 ointment, extra strength Benadryl cream, witch hazel liquid and Vicks VapoRub. That’s because I got the dreaded browntail moth rash, this nasty, itchy, bumpy red rash caused by poisonous hairs from the moth caterpillar making a beeline to the sensitive skins of people like me and embedding themselves. ~ Amy Calder
Letter: Pesticides are poisoning our oceans
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Neonicotinoids have become all too prevalent in today’s agricultural practices. Now the most commonly used pesticides, these seven chemicals have been leaking into our oceans and animals. Many farmers are unaware they purchased the poison, since it was applied to seeds long before they reach the fields. Once the seed is a fully grown plant, only 5 percent of the chemical makes its home in the cells of the plant. The other 95 percent disperses into the wider environment, turning into a poison that kills everything from bees to birds to marine life. If these pesticides are allowed to continue devouring our beloved Maine wildlife, we will lose the bees, which pollinate a third of the food we eat, and the rest of our fragile ecosystem. ~ Elizabeth McAleney, Portland
Restoration and improvement work beings at Head Tide Dam
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Construction has begun on a change to the Head Tide Dam on the Sheepscot River in Alna. A coalition of environmental groups is spearheading a modification of the dam, originally constructed in 1763, to stabilize the structure while creating greater passage for Atlantic salmon and other anadromous species of fish.
Watch Maine forest rangers rescue hurt Appalachian Trail hiker Forest rangers airlift injured Appalachian Trail hiker
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

The Maine Forest Service deployed a helicopter Saturday to airlift an injured Appalachian Trail hiker in Piscataquis County. The woman was hiking a difficult stretch of the trail in Elliotsville Township when she fell and broke her ankle, according to the Maine Forest Service. With her injuries, the hiker was unable to walk on her own, the forest service said.
3 rescued from water at Popham Beach State Park
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Three people were rescued from the water at Popham Beach State Park on Saturday, according to the Phippsburg Fire Department. Firefighters said they were called to the beach around 6:30 p.m. for a report of three people who had been caught in a rip current. All three were quickly rescued from the water but one person had to be transported to a local hospital.
Visitation Record At Acadia Park Stretches Resources
Maine Public - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Acadia National Park says it set a visitation record July 5 with more than 35,000 visits, and officials say park staff were swamped that day and the following weekend with calls for assistance and efforts to close roads and parking lots due to congestion. On July 5 alone the park dispatch center fielded 755 radio calls and twenty 911 emergency calls, and that park staff responded to four simultaneous rescue calls that tapped nearly all rescue resources.
Acadia deluged with hiking accidents, traffic on busiest day ever over July 4 weekend
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Acadia National Park was overwhelmed with hiking accidents and traffic congestion during a record-setting day for visits on a sunny day during the July 4 weekend. On July 5, the Maine national park had 35,000 visits, or 15 percent more than the prior record on July 3, 2017 and a 33 percent increase over the average busiest day for the last eight years. Park staff that day were pushed to the limit when they responded to four simultaneous rescue calls.
Glamping, new this summer at Maine state parks, draws fans from many camps
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

It’s better to camp – even in convenience, comfort and style – than never to have camped at all. That was the consensus among traditional campers we talked with at Maine state parks over the recent holiday weekend. We asked their opinion about the boutique-style, canvas-and-platform setups that glamping company Tentrr opened at seven Maine state parks earlier this month. The word glamping is a combination of “camping” and “glamour” and describes a relatively new trend, at least in Maine, that offers people a comparatively convenient, luxurious style of sleeping under the stars.
Column: Exploring the eastern arm of Sebasticook Lake in Newport
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Finding a convenient place to paddle in July without having to share it with lots of other boaters can be a challenge. But despite its reputation as “The Crossroads of Maine,” the Newport area offers surprising seclusion and beauty on Sebasticook Lake. The eastern arm is narrow and protected and offers a delightful 5-mile round-trip exploration. You might run into a few bass fishermen on the weekend, but other than that, it’s you, the serenade of songbirds and the call of loons. ~ Michael Perry
Letter: CMP corridor jobs won’t only go to Mainers
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

The 1,500 or so jobs coming from the proposed Central Maine Power corridor through the western Maine forest will not be only for Mainers. There is a cadre of Canadian power line workers who travel around to these types of projects and major electrical disruptions and take jobs away from locals. They’re essentially independent contractors that sign contracts for three to 10 times what they were making as Canadian linemen. The advertised 1,500 new Maine jobs is just not true. CMP has pimped us out to the Canadian power company for embarrassing little money. ~ Frederick Drew, West Gardiner
Letter: Insinuations about Mills, CMP are tiresome
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

I am tired of the insinuation that Gov. Janet Mills “sold out” to Central Maine Power in regards to the so-called CMP corridor. Gov. Mills and other members of her family have devoted large potions of their lives in service to Maine. I believe their love of and care for their home state is as great as anyone past or present. Accusations against any member of the Mills family in this matter are driven by either frustration, intent to defame, or more probably stupidity. The Mills family’s integrity, honesty and forthrightness are unimpeachable. ~ Alan Williams, Vienna
Letter: Coverage of CMP, immigration puts information in context
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

I have deep gratitude for the Portland Press Herald’s June 23 coverage of the Central Maine Power billing issues and the front-page June 30 immigration story, “Defying death for a better life.” Mainers knew there was something awfully fishy about CMP’s recent bills and CMP’s response (you know when you’re being told something that’s not true). Now, thanks to your careful coverage, we know more. Aren’t we lucky to live in a country with a free press? ~ Joan O’Brien, Portland
Opinion: Climate change is a health emergency
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Climate change is a health emergency, but the Trump administration is reversing course on clean power and a stable climate. Trump has finalized the rule to replace the Clean Power Plan, which was put into place in 2015. The Clean Power Plan was set to cut carbon pollution from the electric power sector by 32 percent by 2030 and, so far, we’ve been on track to meet those targets. At a time when even steeper cuts are necessary to avert the worst impacts of climate change, this new replacement plan is expected to slow the transition of the power sector’s transition to clean, renewable energy. This could cause as many as 1,400 additional deaths by 2030 due to the toxic chemicals from these plants, according to the EPA. ~ Samantha Paradis, registered nurse and mayor of Belfas
Great kids’ Maine North Woods hiking guide
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Hope Rowan really knows Maine’s north woods. And I have to thank her for writing a hiking guide to the Katahdin region for kids. The book, Ten Days in the North Woods, published by Islandport Press, includes stunning photos that will, for sure, send you to that region for an outdoor adventure. Hope focuses on three areas, Baxter State Park, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, and Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area. Hope uses a fictional 13-year-old girl, Hattie, to describe 10 great hikes and other vacation experiences including camping, swimming, and nature watching. The book includes a lot of information including maps and even illustrations of some of the plants and animals you might see.
Judge rules in favor of Belfast in lawsuit over salmon farm land use changes
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

A Superior Court judge has ruled that the city of Belfast did not violate the law when officials amended the city’s land use plan in April 2018 to allow the Nordic Aquafarms project to move forward. The decision, which was handed down on Friday, may mark the end of a year-long lawsuit filed against the city by Ellie Daniels and Donna Broderick, whose Perkins Road property abuts the parcel of land where the proposed land-based salmon farm would be constructed.
Angler feedback sought as DIF&W targets several waters for new fishing rules
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is seeking public comment on a number of proposed fishing regulations that are making their way through the agency’s rulemaking process. Among those proposals: Extending the ice fishing season until the end of April on northern Maine’s “B” waters, which would negate the need for emergency season extensions like the one that was passed earlier this year; the addition of five lakes or ponds to the State Heritage Fish Waters list; the removal of three waters from the same list; and the prohibition of the use of live fish as bait on the tributaries of 19 waters already on the state Heritage Fish list.
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