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Announcement - Thursday, May 26, 2016 

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Acadia Birding Festival, Jun 2-5
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 26, 2016 

Celebrate the ecological wonders of the birds of the Gulf of Maine. At Mount Desert Island, June 2-5.
Swan Island Tour, Jun 2
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 26, 2016 

Swan Island, at the head of Merrymeeting Bay, welcomes hikers, campers, birders and explorers to its shores for an unforgettable Maine experience. This evening wildlife sightseeing tour is lead by Maine Inland Fish & Wildlife staff. At Richmond, June 2, 6:30–7:30 pm. Pre-register.
Horseshoe Crabs, Jun 2
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 

Carol Steingart of Coast Encounters talks about Horseshoe Crabs. Discover the secret life of these prehistoric "helmets of the sea" that aren't even true crabs, and learn about the vital role they play in shoreline ecosystem health. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, June 2, 1:30 pm.
Changing Bird Migration Patterns, May 31
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 

Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon Staff Naturalist, discusses how Maine’s bird life has changed over the past century. At Topsham Public Library, May 31, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Persephone in the Late Anthropocene
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 22, 2016 

This experimental opera re-imagines the Persephone myth, the ancient story of why we have winter, in the age of climate change. At SPACE, Portland, May 6-June 3.
Volunteer to Count Fish at Nequasset
Announcement - Sunday, May 22, 2016 

The Fish Count at Nequasset Dam supports the sustainable harvest of alewives. Volunteers needed. Contact Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
Maine Days at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, May 28-30
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 21, 2016 

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens protects the botanical heritage and natural landscapes of coastal Maine through horticulture, education, and research. At Boothbay, May 28-30, free admission for Maine residents.
Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration Festival, May 28-29
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 21, 2016 

Damariscotta Mills is home of one of Maine’s oldest and most productive alewife fisheries. The fish ladder was constructed by the Towns of Nobleboro and Newcastle in 1807. The Restoration Festival is May 28-29.
Family Pond Exploration, May 28
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 21, 2016 

Join the outdoor fun at a pond using nets to capture and release some of the interesting residents of a wetland. At L.C. Bates Museum, Hinckley, May 28, 1-4 pm.
Down East Spring Birding Festival, May 27-30
Event - Posted - Friday, May 20, 2016 

The annual Down East Spring Birding Festival provides a unique birding experience during spring migration and the breeding season with four days of guided hikes, boat tours, and presentations, all led by local guides with local knowledge. At Cobscook Bay area, May 27-30.
L.L. Bean Birding Festival, May 27-29
Event - Posted - Friday, May 20, 2016 

A weekend filled with birdwatching events, clinics, demos and expert-led presentations, At Freeport, May 27-29.
Summer Internships
Announcement - Thursday, May 19, 2016 

University of Southern Maine students may apply for internships with area businesses throughout Maine in the fields of Advanced Technologies for Forestry and Agriculture, Aquaculture and Marine Sciences, Biotechnology, Composites and Advanced Materials Technologies, Environmental Technologies, Information Technologies, and Precision Manufacturing.
Vernal Pools: Turtles
Announcement - Thursday, May 19, 2016 

Features works of young artists up to the age of 18. At Merrymeeting Arts Center Gallery, Bowdoinham, through May 29.
Open Spaces: Reimagining Pastoral Maine Exhibition Opening
Announcement - Thursday, May 19, 2016 

Summer art exhibition at L.C. Bates Museum, Hinckley.
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Letter: Say yes to Fiberight
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 27, 2016 

As a new homeowner in Hampden, I’m excited that I can stay in the region that I’ve come to know and love since moving here from Florida. Protecting our environment is important to me. That’s why I am urging Hampden’s Planning Board to approve the Municipal Review Committee and Fiberight’s new recycling and processing facility as soon as possible. This proposed facility is going to be an amazing next generation facility with minimal environmental impacts. Plus as a new taxpayer, I particularly like that Fiberight’s $60 million development will be added to our tax rolls. ~ Danielle Dorrie, Hampden
Letter: Collins leads on energy
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 27, 2016 

Sen. Susan Collins deserves to be commended for being one of five Republican senators to address the impact of climate change by encouraging commonsense congressional support for clean energy research and development. As a lead sponsor of an amendment in the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, Collins called for the United States to be a world leader in supporting research and development of clean energy technology such as biomass to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. ~ James Dozier, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, Washington, D.C. [Ed: According to the Huffington Post, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions will not disclose whether it has received money from energy interests, but it has provided funding to Sen. Collins, who has called for more oil and gas drilling and construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.]
Utah Lawmaker to Hold “Anti-Park” Congressional Hearing in Katahdin Region
Free Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016 

Rep. Rob Bishop, a powerful Utah legislator who has led the charge against national parks and public land in the federal arena, will be in East Millinocket on Wednesday, June 1, to preside over a congressional hearing on a proposal to establish a Maine Woods National Monument on privately donated land located east of Baxter State Park. Bishop is chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources and a founding member of FLAG (Federal Lands Action Group), a group of 20 Tea Party conservatives that banded together in 2015 to work towards turning national wildlife refuges, parks, and other federal public lands over to states to sell or use as they see fit. Bishop is adamantly opposed to the Antiquities Act and the authority it gives the president to declare land as a national monument. He has also cosponsored legislation to seize federal land. Maine's U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin invited Bishop.
Opinion: Maine Republicans, tell us if you’re with Trump and LePage, or moderation and reason
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 26, 2016 

Donald Trump has stoked the fires of racism, misogyny and bigotry to muscle his way into victory in the presidential primaries. Gov. Paul LePage has endorsed Trump and claimed to be “Donald Trump before Donald Trump,” saying the two brash men are cut “of the same cloth.” It’s true. The governor is no stranger to demagoguery. After six years of this, I understand why our critiques of the governor barely register for most Mainers anymore. The media has told them it’s just partisan bickering, so that’s how they treat it. That’s why it’s no longer enough for Democrats to be the only ones standing up to the governor. The stakes are too high. Now, it’s time for Maine Republicans to stand up, too. ~ Sen. Dawn Hill, D-Cape Neddick, Maine Senate assistant minority leader
Colby Receives $1M Gift to Fund Environmental Studies Research and Resident Lectureship
Other - Thursday, May 26, 2016 

A $1 million gift honoring Colby College Professor of Biology Russ Cole, who retires this year, from Trustee Anne Clarke Wolff and her husband, Ted Wolff, will fund the Russ Cole Research Fellows Program and the Russ Cole Resident Lectureship. The program will invite students to submit research proposals focused on an environmental issue, challenge, or question.
Book on Maine’s sporting camp history shows you can get there from here
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Thursday, May 26, 2016 

Hidden deep in the woods of Maine are dozens of spots that outdoorsy folks have been visiting for generations. The names roll off the tongue comfortably — Tim Pond Camps, Libby Camps, Cobb’s Pierce Pond Camps, Red River Camps — but the places themselves remain a bit mysterious. They are, after all, located in some of the state’s most remote and wildest areas. Thanks to his latest book, “Maine Sporting Camps,” George Smith has made one thing perfectly clear: No matter how remote these camps are, no matter how much time you have to spend on dirt roads to reach these backwoods paradises, you can, in fact, get there from here.
Whale-finding phone app grows in use, helps mariners steer clear
Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016 

With summer whale watching season fast approaching, conservation advocates and government agencies who want to protect whales say a mobile app designed to help mariners steer clear of the animals is helping keep them alive. The Whale Alert app provides a real-time display of the ocean and the position of the mariner’s ship, along with information about where whales have been seen or heard recently. It also provides information on speed restrictions and restricted areas, and recommends routes shippers can take to avoid endangered species such as the blue whale and the North Atlantic right whale.
Blog: So many lies, so little time
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 26, 2016 

Writing in The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik observed that Donald “Trump’s lies arrive with such rapidity that before one can be refuted a new one comes to take its place.…The media eventually moves on, shrugging helplessly, to the next lie.…If the lies are bizarre enough and frequent enough, they provoke little more than a nervous giggle and a cry of ‘Well, guess he’s changed the rules!’” We’re already used to this in Maine, where Gov. Paul LePage rewrote the rules of political discourse years ago. The steady stream of outrageous statements and behavior emanating from the Blaine House have effectively numbed the populace into a torpor of cynical indifference. ~ Chris Busby
Cleanup of lead paint in Lewiston/Auburn could last into July
Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016 

The federal Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that its effort to clean up lead paint in the Lewiston-Auburn area of Maine could stretch into July. The EPA will arrive in the area in as little as a week, spokeswoman Emily Bender said. The agency has said the Lewiston-Auburn area, which has about 60,000 residents, has the most incidences in the state of children younger than 6 who have elevated blood lead levels.
Letter: North Woods monument plan an ‘investment’ in quality of place
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 26, 2016 

According to National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, the donation of 87,500 acres of privately owned land to the east of Baxter State Park as a national monument, which was assembled by Roxanne Quimby and her family through their nonprofit land conservation organization, Elliotsville Plantation, Inc., together with a commitment to fund a $40 million endowment to fund its operation as a national monument in perpetuity is unprecedented. EPI’s gift is a $100 million charitable investment in quality of place with a recession-proof, gold standard national designation that will most assuredly present economic development opportunities for the Katahdin area – indeed, for the entire state. Please join me and countless other Mainers in supporting the designation of a new Maine Woods National Monument by urging our congressional delegation to work with the president to make this happen. ~ Liz Armstrong, Topsham
Letter: Decisions should be based on facts instead of fear
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 26, 2016 

I applaud the willingness of this newspaper to keep us informed about the peril of global warming, though, sadly, I suspect that most Mainers will ignore the implications of this and other such reports. Many people and politicians deny the reality of human-induced global warming because the consequences are too fearful to contemplate. Ignorance is the basis for these fears – an ignorance that goes hand in glove with an anti-intellectualism that is sweeping the country. In this election year, with so much at stake, it is more important than ever that reason, fact checking and civil discourse triumph over fear and its ally, simplistic thinking. ~ Joe Hardy, Wells
Letter: Support bills to build Maine’s energy future
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, May 26, 2016 

Gov. Paul LePage has continually vetoed or spoke against legislation that supports solar energy: a clean, pollution-free, renewable source. In March 2016, he spoke against legislation that would increase Maine’s solar capacity from 20 megawatts to 248 megawatts over the next five years. The bill would have created 600 high-tech solar jobs and would have lowered electricity bills across the state. The bill had the support of solar installers, Maine’s Office of the Public Advocate, and utilities Central Maine Power Co. and Emera, because they agree it would have benefited all ratepayers, not just solar adopters. Maine can adopt a new solar policy that will increase our solar industries, reduce the risk of climate change, lower energy costs, and create high technology jobs. The governor should stop vetoing solar legislation and support bills that will change Maine’s energy future. ~ Anna Kelly, Bremen (Sixth-grade student, Center for Teaching & Learning)
Northeast Ocean Plan proposed as guide for coastline and ocean management
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 

A regional planning group issued a sweeping ecosystem-based ocean draft plan Wednesday to guide federal agencies in New England. The draft Northeast Ocean Plan has no regulatory power, but since it was developed by a group created by presidential order in 2010, the reams of science behind the plan will guide the federal agencies that help manage the coastline and oceans of New England, according to Betsy Nicholson, a member of the regional group that wrote the plan. The group invites public comment on its website, at neoceanplanning.org/plan, through July 25, and will hold hearings across New England in June and July, including three in Maine.
Bates project tells stories of of climate change with Maine voices
Sun Journal - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 

A recently completed May-term project by a group of 12 Bates College students took an up-close-and-personal look at how climate change is being experienced and is viewed by Maine people: farmers, fishermen and longtime residents who live not far from the campus of the liberal arts school. Going into the project, sophomore Eileen O'Shea said she knew people have really different opinions about climate change. "It's hard to handle when you are in an environment like Bates because you are used to people being pretty liberal and having one opinion about it and that's not the case in the real world," O'Shea said during a presentation on the project Wednesday.
Hiker’s journal shows she survived for close to a month after getting lost near Appalachian Trail
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 

Appalachian Trail hiker Geraldine Largay survived for nearly a month after getting lost along the trail in Franklin County in July 2013, and documented her final days in a journal that was among the personal effects found by the Maine Warden Service when it recovered her remains more than two years later. The journal entries, as well as text messages she tried to send her husband on a cellphone that also was recovered, were among documents released Wednesday by the warden service that paint a picture of a slight misadventure that turned tragic when a massive search-and-rescue effort scoured the vast area in vain. The warden service had not previously disclosed that a journal had been found.
Report: Missing hiker may have been alive for at least 26 days after her disappearance
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 

Geraldine Largay, a hiker who went missing on the Appalachian Trail in western Maine in 2013 and whose body eventually was found two years later, may have been alive for at least 26 days after her disappearance, according to a Maine Warden Service report. Largay, a 66-year-old hiker from Brentwood, Tennessee, last was seen on July 22, 2013. According to the warden service report, Largay kept a journal during the days after her disappearance was reported. That journal included entries up until Aug. 18, 2013 — 26 days after she last was seen. One team of cadaver dogs passed near the site on Aug. 8, 2013 (before Largay wrote her final journal entry) while two other teams passed near the site in 2014. The Maine Warden Service declined comment on the report.
Editorial: Restricting state action on dangerous chemicals unfair trade-off for better safety rules
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 

Congress is nearing completion of a rewrite of the nation’s chemical regulations. The long overdue update takes important steps forward in giving the Environmental Protection Agency needed authority to regulate the tens of thousands of chemicals used in household products and manufacturing. But the legislation has a major flaw: It would pre-empt future state regulations. On balance, the significant updates to the chemical act are a needed improvement over existing law and worthy of support in the Senate. But it is unfortunate that these improvements come at the expense of states no longer being empowered to act when the federal government fails to do so.
Madison Paper mill shuts down
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 

The Madison paper mill stopped production May 21, ending employment at the mill for 214 people and marking the state’s fifth major paper mill closure in the past three years. The mill’s owner, UPM-Kymmene Inc., announced Tuesday the official closure. The company has not said what will become of the mill and has been trying to find a buyer for it and two connected hydropower plants capable of generating about 27 megawatts of power.
Battle breaks out over song birds on duck stamps
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 

To hunt ducks in this country, you must purchase a $25 federal duck stamp. Each year, the stamp features a different game bird: duck, goose, or swan. The money is used to purchase habitat to those game birds. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has stirred up a hornet’s nest (I was tempted to say bird’s nest) by adding song and other nonhunted birds to the stamp, apparently to raise money from nonhunters who they think will purchase the stamps.
Blog: Deadly predators have been in Maine woods all month
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 

Spring is here in Maine, and people are flocking to the woods. Folks are hiking, biking, riding ATV’s …even hunting. Wait… HUNTING? I thought that was only in November? Sorry, the first Saturday in May started Maine’s Spring Turkey Hunt, and despite all the scare tactics used by non hunters, you have been sharing the woods with armed Mainers, and nobody has been shot yet. You may have walked right past a turkey hunter, and never even realized it, because unlike their deer hunting cousins in November, turkey hunters are not required to wear ‘hunter orange’. In fact most turkey hunters wear head to toe camouflage. Yet the state of Maine continually fails to open hunting to seven days a week. ~ Doug Alley
In Maine’s last open lobster zone, a feud over limiting newcomers
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 

There is only one place in Maine, in the waters of eastern Penobscot Bay off Stonington, Vinalhaven and Isle au Haut, where a resident who completes the necessary training and safety classes can get a license to lobster without waiting for at least a decade. But the lobstermen who oversee Maine’s last open lobster territory are now fighting over whether to cap the number of lobstermen who can fish those waters, effectively closing the last open door to the state’s largest commercial fishery.
Maine's Human Bowling Jacket of a Governor Hates Free Monuments
Other - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 

Esquire - Up in Maine, there was a kind of quirky local hero named Roxanne Quimby, whose family has a lot of money and owns a lot of land, and the Quimbys are offering 87,000 acres of their land to you and me for a new national monument, and they're also offering 40 million of their dollars to pay for the new national monument's general maintenance and upkeep. However, because this is the United States of America, and we have the capacity not only to look a gift horse in the mouth but to shove a hand grenade halfway down the poor beast's gullet, there is what the newspapers call "local opposition" to this proposal.
Hike: Bog Brook Cove Preserve
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 

Stretching along the Bold Coast in eastern Maine, the 1,770-acre Bog Brook Cove Preserve is owned and maintained by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust and features about 5 miles of hiking trails for people of all skill levels. These trails visit cobblestone beaches, travel over a ridge and wind through a mixed forest to a freshwater pond and scenic outlooks along the rocky coast.
EPA awards Gardiner brownfield cleanup funds
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 

The city of Gardiner is one of 16 municipalities and organizations in Maine that has secured more than $7.3 million in federal funds to help clean up contaminated properties. The money, which comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is to be used for assessing or cleaning up brownfield sites or related revolving loan funds. Gardiner officials had applied for $200,000 each in assessment and cleanup funds for the former T.W. Dick properties on Summer Street before they knew they would be receiving funds from the Kennebec Valley Council of Governments and from the state Department of Economic and Community Development, said City Manager Scott Morelli. “Now we have $600,000 for what we think will be a $450,000 project,” he said.
LePage says out-of-state donors behind national park idea
Associated Press - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 

Maine Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday that big out-of-state interests are behind plans to create a national monument east of Baxter State Park. The governor said that the Natural Resource Council of Maine and Sierra Club Maine bused in southern Mainers to a May 16 forum in Orono. LePage claimed on the radio that “henchmen” searched people’s purses and didn’t allow opponents to park in spots designated for supporters. Roxanne Quimby wants to establish a $40 million endowment and donate 87,500 acres of private land east of Baxter State Park to create a national monument and eventually a national park. David Farmer, a spokesman for Quimby, and Lisa Pohlmann, executive director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, said LePage’s allegations are false.
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