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Birds of the Northeastern Forest webinar, Apr 18
Event - Posted - Thursday, April 12, 2012 

Are you a birder in the Northeastern US? Do you want to learn about what active forest management and bird habitat have in common? Join a webinar to hear Audubon Vermont's conservation biologist Steve Hagenbuch introduce some of the forest songbird species of conservation priority for the region. April 18, 2 pm.
Are Farms the Key to Maine's Future? Apr 18
Event - Posted - Thursday, April 12, 2012 

Presentation by John Priotti of Maine Farmland Trust. At Augusta City Center, April 18, 6:30 pm.
Endangered Neighbors Art Day, Apr 17
Event - Posted - Wednesday, April 11, 2012 

At Wells Reserve, April 17, 9 am - 3 pm. Kids ages 6 to 9 can discover Maine's endangered species, learn how to protect them, and create art in this Just For Kids program. $50; Scholarships available. Registration required. 207-646-1555 /
Help Wanted: Assistant Ecologist
Announcement - Tuesday, April 10, 2012 

Assistant Ecologist, Maine Bureau of Geology and Natural Areas.
Announcement - Tuesday, April 10, 2012 

10Green is an interactive tool that provides a comprehensive assessment of the health of your community's environment using a number from 0 to 10. How healthy is your environment and what does it mean for your health?
Maine Wildlife Park 2012 events
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 10, 2012 

The Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, Maine, is open for the 2012 season. An events calendar is now posted online. Sponsored by Friends of the Maine Wildlife Park.
Earth Day Artwork Challenge
Announcement - Tuesday, April 10, 2012 

All Maine elementary school children are invited to enter an Earth Day artwork contest sponsored by the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM).
National Park Foundation
Announcement - Tuesday, April 10, 2012 

The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, has launched –- a new, comprehensive community destination serving national park fans and supporters.
Wind Map
Announcement - Monday, April 9, 2012 

This animated map shows the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US. Art meets science.
Coyote ~ America's Songdog, Apr 15
Event - Posted - Sunday, April 8, 2012 

Learn of coyote’s long history in North American: coyote’s relationship with Native peoples and the European Americans; coyote’s complex relationship with the life of our ecosystems; and coyote’s relationship with us. Presented by Geri Vistein, Conservation Biologist. At YMCA Camp Knickerbocker Lodge, Barter’s Island Road, Boothbay, Apr 15, 2 pm. Hosted by Boothbay Region Land Trust.
Deer habitat and ecology workshop, Apr 14
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 7, 2012 

Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust recently had a harvest on one of their properties to improve deer habitat. Tour the site to talk with the landowner, logging contractor, consulting forester, and state wildlife biologists who will speak on deer ecology and habitat. At South Shore Road property, Rangeley, Apr 14, 9 am - Noon.
Amazing Reptiles, Apr 14
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 7, 2012 

A Chewonki Natural History Program on "Amazing Reptiles: Scales and Tales" will be presented at the Appleton Library, April 14, 10 am.
Volunteers needed for endangered species road watch effort, Apr 14
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 7, 2012 

An upcoming training session in southern Maine will feature live turtles from The Center for Wildlife, and will give volunteers all the information they need to become involved in Maine Audubon's new "Endangered Species Road Watch" project. At York Public Library, April 14, 10:30 am to 2 pm.
Rock climber shares stories, Apr 13
Event - Posted - Friday, April 6, 2012 

Renowned rock climber Beth Rodden will be in Maine to share a film and tell stories. She was on the first all-women team to ascend Tsaranro Massif in Madagascar. She was the first woman to free climb two El Capitan routes in Yosemite Valley. And four years ago, she redpointed the first ascent of Meltdown in Yosemite. At University of Maine, Orono, April 13, 6-9 pm.
Woodcock Watch, Apr 13
Event - Posted - Friday, April 6, 2012 

Learn about the unusual flight display of an American Woodcock as the bird takes off high into the air with a twittering and then lands back on earth to resume his “penting” to attract a mate. Space is limited; reservation required. Sponsored by Androscoggin Land Trust, April 13, 7-9 pm.
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‘We’re losing the race’: UN secretary general calls climate change an ’emergency’
The Guardian - Thursday, September 19, 2019 

The UN secretary general says that he is counting on public pressure to compel governments to take much stronger action against what he calls the climate change “emergency”. Guterres refused to comment on Donald Trump and the Trump administration’s hostility to climate action, but a CBS News poll released on 15 September found that 69% of Americans want the next president to take action.
Maine Schools Going Solar - Not Only To Protect Environment But To Boost Bottom Lines
Maine Public - Thursday, September 19, 2019 

More and more schools in Maine are adding solar power to their renewable energy mix. The solar panel array that's just been installed on the roof of Mount Desert Island High School is the largest so far on a public high school in Maine, and will provide more than enough power to meet its demands. Student supporters of the project are hoping that others will be encouraged by its example. Locally, A Climate To Thrive group has set a target for the island of Mount Desert to be generating 100% of its energy - clean energy - by 2030. This year, the state of Maine adopted goals to reach 80% renewable power by that same year, when global warming could reach catostrophic levels, according to a United Nations climate report.
Opinion: Environmental regulators aren’t doing enough to protect Maine citizens from PFAS
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 19, 2019 

I commend the Mills administration for forming a task force to study the prevalence of PFAS contamination in Maine and slowing sewage sludge spreading to address PFAS contamination of Maine soil, but the government has still kept restrictions loose on products such as compost. Without regulations preventing the sale of PFAS-contaminated compost, how could I know that the soil in my garden hasn’t been permanently contaminated with reproductive toxins? Without more legislation phasing out PFAS in products, could I really trust that our waterways are contaminant-free, given the longevity of PFAS? Could I trust that someday my children will be safe and healthy here? ~ William Fahy of Hallowell is researching environmental science at Carnegie Mellon University
Maine political leaders say right whale protections must not undermine lobster industry
Associated Press - Thursday, September 19, 2019 

The four members of Maine’s congressional delegation sent recommendations to federal fisheries regulators late Tuesday about how to protect the North Atlantic right whale, which numbers about 400. Maine Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, also called on the government Wednesday to protect whales in a way that keeps lobstering viable. A federal government team has called for removal of many vertical trap lines from the Gulf of Maine to reduce risk to whales, which can become entangled in gear. Mills said in a statement that federal officials should take into account that most recent right whale deaths happened in Canada.
The pesticide Maine potato farmers use to control disease is being banned around the world
The County - Thursday, September 19, 2019 

University of Maine Cooperative Extension crops specialist Steven Johnson is letting the region’s potato growers know that there have been recent national and international changes in the regulation of the fungicide chlorothalonil, and that growers may want to start transitioning to using newer chemicals. Chlorothalonil has been widely used since the early 1970s to control fungal diseases in a range of crops. While it remains effective, the chemical is considered a “likely human carcinogen” by the U.S. EPA, can leach into groundwater and is highly toxic to fish and aquatic species. It’s also been implicated in damage to honeybees and native pollinators. In March, the European Union banned chlorothalonil, while Canada has sharply reduced the amount and number of applications allowed.
Get in the Common Ground spirit with these photos of fairs past
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 19, 2019 

This weekend marks the 42nd annual Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, brought by the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association. It has something for everyone — from garlic planting demonstrations to knot tying tutorials to even, yes, wine making classes. We’re gearing up for the fair by reflecting on these unforgettable moments from fairs past.
Baxter State Park director proposes dropping ‘Mount’ from Katahdin’s name
Piscataquis Observer - Thursday, September 19, 2019 

Baxter State Park Director Eben Sypitkowski has proposed dropping the word “Mount” and changing the official name to Katahdin. Sypitkowski made his case as follows: “As he explains the reasoning behind it, it’s a grammatical error the way it is with the Aabenaki language — like Mount Greatest Mountain.” The Piscataquis County Commissioners, who discussed the topic at their meeting Tuesday, said they would not be in favor of the change.
Jared Golden pursues $12 billion solution to lead paint problem
Sun Journal - Thursday, September 19, 2019 

Instead of dealing with lead paint removal “drop by drop, drip by drip” over the course of decades, U.S. Rep. Jared Golden is proposing a $12 billion nationwide effort to clean up nearly all of the hazardous old paint within five years. Golden, a first-term Democrat in Maine’s 2nd District, said the initiative would pay for itself in lower health care and education costs while simultaneously improving the lives of hundreds of thousands of youngsters whose development is cut short by lead exposure.
As Maine’s climate warms, what’s on the menu likely will change
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, September 19, 2019 

If little has been done to put the brakes on climate change, 50 years from now it’s likely that diners would be feasting on black sea bass, a mid-Atlantic species, or local meat raised on Maine pastureland. As wild species become more threatened, fish farming will continue to grow. You’ll see more bivalves on the menu, and possibly some southern species, such as warm-water shrimp, being grown in different places. Lobster populations are at a historic high, but scientists warn that as the Gulf of Maine continues to warm, the population will decline. The country will have less access to food from California and Latin America, areas expected to be ravaged by drought and fire. Farmers and fishermen are used to dealing with the vicissitudes of Mother Nature, but unchecked climate change may push her finicky personality into overdrive. What will the next 100 years bring? A sterile ocean? Collapsed food chains? Drought and starvation? How our great-grandchildren eat a century from now will depend on how seriously we take climate change today.
Letter: A suggestion for ATV task force
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 19, 2019 

I am pleased to learn that Governor Mills has appointed a task force to study ATV changes and trail use. As one whose property abuts a railroad bed converted to a snowmobile and ATV trail, there are only a very few riders who exhibit bad behavior. That said, there is a real problem. Aggressive treaded tires on ATVs and trail bikes are causing considerable erosion damage. Tire treads pulverize the surface and usage tracks create water channels. Maine’s trail surfaces and protected waters are taking a beating. If it is the legislature’s desire to make Maine’s trails ATV, trail bike and battery powered bicycle trails, then the trails need to be maintained like other roads designed for powered vehicle traffic. ~ Ronald Snyder, Dexter
Maine governor sums up state position on Right Whale protection and the lobster industry
Penobscot Bay Pilot - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

Governor Janet Mills said that her administration submitted comments to NOAA Fisheries on the pending Right Whale Rule. In an accompanying letter to NOAA, Governor Mills said Maine supports the protection of the right whale, but emphasized that NOAA should take into account where the true risk to the species lies, emphasizing that data shows most recent right whale deaths have occurred in Canada. Governor Mills also highlighted the importance of the lobster industry to the state and underscored its commitment to conservation.
Maine foliage starts to show its colors
Sun Journal - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

Maine’s trees are starting to show flashes of yellow, orange and red — mostly in northern parts of the state. Northern Maine is reporting less than 30% color change.
As Heavy Downpours Become More Common In The Northeast, Maine Surveys Culverts And Crossings
Maine Public - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

Heavy downpours are increasing in the northeast. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, they've increased by 70 percent since 1958. A heavy downpour is defined as a storm that produces two or more inches of water in 24 hours. And as temperatures warm, scientists are predicting that they'll become more frequent and intense. To help prepare for more rain, survey crews from The Nature Conservancy, with support from the state and other organizations, have been checking out thousands of road-stream crossings and culverts around the state for the past 13 years. All their findings have been entered into a massive database that can highlight where there may be problem areas.
What rising temperatures in the Gulf of Maine mean for the state’s lobster industry
Maine Public - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

PBS - The Gulf of Maine is known for lobsters, which form the foundation of an industry critical to the state’s economy. Due to climate change, the waters off southern New England have become too warm for the temperature-sensitive crustaceans, leaving Maine as the “sweet spot” for fishing them. But the Gulf’s own rising temperatures mean the lobster boom may not last forever.
The Gulf Of Maine's Temperature Was 'Normal' This Year — Which Is The New Cool
Maine Public - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

It's often reported that the Gulf of Maine's waters are warming faster than 99 percent of the largest saltwater bodies on the planet. But scientists will tell you the trend can be volatile. This year, for instance, surface water temperatures in the Gulf have been their coolest since 2008. That may be providing some relief for some of the Gulf's historic species, but ongoing climate change means that long-term prospects are still uncertain.
The Battle Over Fish Farming In The Open Ocean Heats Up, As EPA Permit Looms
National Public Radio - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

Fish farming has been positioned by its boosters as a sustainable alternative to wild-caught seafood and an economic driver that would put our oceans to work. So far, restrictions on where aquaculture operations can be located have kept the U.S. industry relatively small. But the biggest potential home for aquaculture, federally controlled ocean waters, has so far been off limits. States control up to three miles offshore from their coastlines, but between three and 200 miles falls under federal control. Attempts to introduce aquaculture in federal waters have so far been stymied by concerns about aquaculture's impact on ocean ecosystems and wild fisheries. Now the tide could be turning.
The 43rd annual Common Ground Country Fair opens Friday
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

The 43rd annual Common Ground Country Fair will open Friday in Unity, offering locally-sourced food, Maine-made crafts and gifts, livestock events, farmers markets, daily keynote speakers, workshops and more. The fair, hosted by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association off Crosby Brook Road, draws about 60,000 annually from all over the U.S. as well as other countries.
CMP submits last-minute change to its power line plan
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

Central Maine Power has submitted a last-minute request to change the route of a proposed electric transmission line through the western Maine woods to avoid a remote pond, a move that will likely delay permitting for the controversial project. The power company wants to reopen its application and amend its 145-mile power line to skirt a special protected area around Beattie Pond, in northern Franklin County. Land-use regulators stalemated on a key vote for the power line last week because of concern about impact to the pond. The company has obtained a mile-long, 150-foot wide power corridor easement with owner Bayroot LLC and Wagner Forest Management, a New Hampshire company that oversees the land. Bayroot is a private investment company owned by Yale University.
Column: Some Maine birds have weird parenting techniques
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

I’ve seen a lot of weird parenting lately, and not just at Walmart. Many Maine birds have an odd way of raising kids. The majority of birds stick to the traditional model: two parents raising the family together. The parents may be mated for life or just the season, but they are committed until the young are on their own. That’s not to say that they are strictly monogamous. Many species are known to fool around. However, there are a whole bunch of birds that do things differently. ~ Bob Duchesne
Conservation groups want U.S. to pressure Canada to protect right whales
Other - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

Canadian Press - The U.S. government is being urged to pressure Canada to do more to protect the endangered North American right whale population in order to avoid a ban on various Canadian seafood products. Nine U.S.-based organizations wrote to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday expressing "deep concern" over the ongoing entanglement of right whales in Canadian waters.
Westborough Community Land Trust promotes conservation, outdoor exploration
Other - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

Community Advocate - Located a few miles beyond the Mass Pike’s roar lies Gilmore Pond, part of the 67-acre Upper Jackstraw Brook Reservation conserved and managed by the Westborough Community Land Trust (WCLT). Offering hiking and outdoor recreation opportunities, the land conserved by WCLT gives busy residents an opportunity to get outdoors, as well as provide critical habitat to the region’s wildlife. WCLT president Gillian Beamer is proud of the trust’s accomplishments and commitment to conservation, and is an advocate for spending more time outdoors. Beamer’s love for the outdoors stems from her experience growing up in rural Maine, abutting Acadia National Park. “I grew up in an area where a National Park was accessible and passive recreation was available – it’s been a large part of my growing up,” she said.
Janet Mills criticizes Trump move to bar California from setting stricter fuel standards
Associated Press - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California’s authority to set auto mileage standards stricter federal one, a move that critics including Maine Gov. Janet Mills said would result in more planet-warming pollution. “With one of the highest asthma rates in the nation, this action will only hurt the health and well-being of Maine people, hinder our efforts to fight climate change, and impede the significant economic, environmental, and health benefits of cleaner vehicles,” Mills, a Democrat, said.
Fox that attacked men tested positive for rabies
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

The gray fox that attacked two Appleton men this weekend has tested positive for rabies, according to state authorities. "I was holding my kid,” Josh Coleman said. “I looked over, and it was right there, acting weird.” He went inside to grab a gun to shoot the fox, but it didn’t die right away. “It started running at me, which is a little shocking,” Coleman said. “It bit my leg.” He shot it again, finally killing the fox.
Are land management plans required in Maine?
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

Q. My husband and I have been looking for land in Maine to retire and live off the land on. Is a land management plan something everyone has to do? A.
Here’s how you can learn from a state fisheries biologist or hatchery staffer
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

Ever want to spend a day in the field with a state fish expert? One lucky winner and a friend will win just such an opportunity in the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s third “Keeper of the Maine Outdoors Experience” contest. The lucky winner will earn a fisheries experience that will consist of a day in the field with a DIF&W fisheries biologist, collecting fish samples and data, visiting a regional fish hatchery, or observing a fish-stocking operation. To enter you must be 18 or older. The deadline is Oct. 21 at midnight. You can enter the contest at
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