October 26, 2016  
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Aquaculture, Nov 3
Event - Posted - Thursday, October 27, 2016 

Brandon Sewall, a local seaweed aquaculturist, and Abigail Carroll of Nonesuch Oysters, discuss the present and future of aquaculture in Maine. At Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, Nov 3, 7 pm. Sponsored by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
Birds of MDI, Nov 3
Event - Posted - Thursday, October 27, 2016 

Ornithologist and ecologist Michael Good will discuss changes in the Gulf of Maine over the past 200 years. At Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor, Nov 3, 7 pm.
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Announcement - Wednesday, October 26, 2016 

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Using the Power of Teamwork to Advance Big, Innovative, Connected Conservation, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 26, 2016 

The Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Network Gathering will bring together more than 200 innovators representing land trusts, government agencies, colleges and universities, conservation organizations, foundations, smart growth and wildlife advocates, water supply managers, and foresters. At Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nashua, NH, November 16.
Just Eat It, Nov 2
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 26, 2016 

Community screening and discussion of the documentary "Just Eat It." At Spectrum Generations, Waterville, November 2, 5-8 pm. Hosted by Natural Resources Council of Maine and Healthy Northern Kennebec.
Birding Sanford Sewerage, Nov 2
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 26, 2016 

Naturalist Doug Hitchcox will lead a bird walk around the treatment ponds at Sanford Sewerage looking for fall waterfowl, Nov 2, 8–10 am.
River Herring-the Once and Future Fish, Nov 1
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 25, 2016 

Karen Wilson and Theodore Willis will discuss current state of river herring in Maine, explain efforts to ensure these fisheries are sustainable, and summarize efforts to reintroduce these fish into historic spawning grounds. At Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Druckenmiller Hall, Room 016, Nov 1, 4 pm.
50 of the Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast, Nov 1
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 25, 2016 

Carey Kish will talk about his new guide, Appalachian Mountain Club’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, Nov 1, Optional potluck at 6 pm, presentation at 7 pm.
The Farm Succession School, Nov 1- Jan 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 25, 2016 

For senior farmers and farm couples looking for a bit of structure and motivation to tackle succession planning. At Augusta, Nov 1, Dec 6, and Jan 24, 2017.
Help wanted: Maine Audubon Development and Gifts Manager
Announcement - Sunday, October 23, 2016 

The Development and Gifts Manager administers gift processing, acknowledgements as well as membership and annual fund assistance.
Help wanted: Water Festival Intern
Announcement - Sunday, October 23, 2016 

The Southern Maine Children’s Water Festival, on May 19, 9 am to 2 pm at USM in Portland, is a day of interactive learning about clean water, wetland ecosystems and the importance of stewarding Maine’s most rapidly renewable resource. This internship will entail helping to organize many aspects of the festival, including scheduling logistics, presenters and exhibitors, food and supplies, and classroom and exhibit development.
Before The Flood, Oct 30-Nov 6
Announcement - Sunday, October 23, 2016 

The new climate change film “Before the Flood” airs on the National Geographic Channel on Oct 30 at 9 pm. The network will have a free stream of the film up from that date through to Nov 6.
Climate Change Forum, Oct 30
Event - Posted - Sunday, October 23, 2016 

Ivan Fernandez, Ph.D., a soil scientist and affiliate of the Institute on Climate Change at the University of Maine, will discuss planet warming, mitigation and adaptation. Andrew E. Smith, State Toxicologist for Maine’s Center for Disease Control, will discuss dealing with health threats resulting from climate change. At Univ of Maine at Augusta, Jewett Hall, October 30, 2 pm, open to persons 50+. Sponsored by UMA Senior College.
Sabattus Pond Birding, Oct 29
Event - Posted - Saturday, October 22, 2016 

John Berry will lead a field trip to Sabattus Pond in Sabattus to see migrating waterfowl. Meet at Brunswick Hannaford, Oct 29, 8 am to carpool.
Eastern Promenade Birding, Oct 29
Event - Posted - Saturday, October 22, 2016 

Naturalist Doug Hitchcox will lead a birding walk around Eastern Promenade in Portland, Oct 29, 7-9 am, Maine Audubon members $10, non-members $15.
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Brunswick High students study clam aquaculture at Heal Eddy
Times Record - Wednesday, October 26, 2016 

Created by local nonprofit Manomet in conjunction with landowner John A. Holt, Heal Eddy Clam Farm — along with additional farms in Brunswick and Chebeague Island — encourages kids of all ages to come out and explore the grounds. Students get the opportunity to learn about clam farming practices — viewed by many as the future of the clamming industry — as well as the best forms of protection against the growing threat of green crabs. “Georgetown elementary was out here last week, and we hope to get Brunswick High School back out here soon,” said Manomet scientist Ethel Wilkerson.
Study: Value of Farmed Maine Shellfish Could Quadruple in 15 Years
Maine Public - Wednesday, October 26, 2016 

The commercial value of farmed Maine mollusks could quadruple over the next 15 years. That’s the conclusion of a market survey sponsored by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. Last year, sales of Maine shellfish grown by aquaculture were worth around $6 million. Despite its dominance in the American market for wild-caught lobster, the state supplies only about 1 percent of the nation’s farmed shellfish. It says that with some investment and marketing, sales of Maine-grown shellfish should reach $30 million.
Legal Action Launched to Strengthen Water Quality
Center for Biological Diversity - Wednesday, October 26, 2016 

Conservation groups notified the Environmental Protection Agency today that they plan to sue the agency for failing to consider the needs of endangered salmon and sturgeon when lowering state water-quality standards in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. Under the Clean Water Act, the EPA is required to approve any changes made by states to their water-quality standards, which set the maximum allowable water-pollution levels necessary to protect aquatic life. As part of that approval process, the EPA is required to consult with the expert wildlife agencies to ensure that any changes to water quality standards do not jeopardize endangered species.
Controversial Fiberight waste-to-energy plant breaks ground in Hampden
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 26, 2016 

The Municipal Revenue Committee and Maryland-based Fiberight held a groundbreaking Wednesday at the entrance to their new solid waste processing and recycling facility on Coldbrook Road that will change trash into biogas, even though their competition is suing the state over the permits needed to operate. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection in July approved the MRC-Fiberight waste-to-energy plant’s permits for air emissions, solid waste processing, stormwater management and compliance with the Natural Resources Protection Act for the planned $69 million, 144,000-square-foot processing plant and recycling facility.
Topsham retirement community a leader in efforts to go green
Forecaster - Wednesday, October 26, 2016 

The Highlands retirement community was honored Oct. 19 as the first community of its kind to receive the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Leader Certification.
Fledgling Maine group promotes hunting, with eye on bottom line
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, October 26, 2016 

Hunting Works for Maine is one of about 14 such self-described nonpolitical and nonpartisan state organizations in the nation. Funded by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the state groups work to bring the economic effect of hunting into policy discussions in each of its states. Hunting Works for Maine launched in July 2015 and expects to reach 100 members in Maine soon. In Maine, 181,000 people hunt annually; 40,000 of them come from out of state. They spend about $102 million on trip-related expenses, and more than $60 million on equipment. That translates to $120 million in salaries and wages, and it supports 4,000 jobs.
Micmacs, researchers collaborating on moose, tick study amid major concerns
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 26, 2016 

Amid concerns over the health of Maine’s moose population, a new study is aiming to learn more about the impact of ticks and the diseases they’re bringing north. While the state’s moose population is estimated at some 76,000 by the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, there are major concerns about the vitality of moose herds and the increasing prevalence of winter ticks, parasites that feed off the animal’s blood over the winter. Moose hunting permits have been cut in half in the last three years, to 2,140 in 2016, because of the impact of ticks on the population.
Beware of ticks this fall, I just threw 5 out my car window
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Wednesday, October 26, 2016 

In Maine, ticks are most active during the spring and fall, when the weather is cool, but not freezing. Also, in the fall, ticks are looking to attach to a warm body that will carry them through winter. The best defense against ticks is to cover your skin with light colored clothing (which makes it easy to spot them) and tick repellent (check out Permethrin). Then, avoid prime tick habitat — places with underbrush, leaf litter and tall grasses.
Blog: Southern Maine will have a new National Wildlife Refuge
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 26, 2016 

The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced the creation of a new national wildlife refuge in southern Maine this week. Called the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), new conserved lands will maintain grass- and shrub habitats in coastal regions of New England and New York. Areas targeted for Refuge lands are concentrated in the southernmost regions of Maine, including Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, Berwick and York. To maintain grass- and shrub lands in southern Maine, the Fish and Wildlife Service will cut, burn, and chemically treat areas within the Refuge; untouched land would slowly return to forest, driving out rare grassland species.
Cycling’s current technology started but could not stay in northern Maine
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 26, 2016 

In northern Maine, tucked away on a back road, is an old building filled with the dusty artifacts of the early days of modern bicycling. The building and its contents hail from a different time, when the small factory in Van Buren, Maine, was on the cutting edge of bicycle frame manufacturing. For more than two decades, a combination of lightweight durable materials, unique design and quality assurance ranked Aegis Bicycle frames among the cycle components to own for serious bicycling enthusiasts, triathletes and racers. But costs, competition from larger manufacturers and riders demanding increasing lighter weight frames eventually became too much, and the company went out of business in 2010.
Pythons, wardens, hatcheries and lots more outdoor issues will be debated by next legislature
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, October 26, 2016 

Well, the elections will be over soon (thank goodness!) and many of us will get into the woods in pursuit of whitetails, so it must be time to set our sights on the Maine legislature where lots of important issues may be debated – and possibly even decided – in 2017. Here are some of the issues I’ve heard about so far.
University of New England partnering with 2 Icelandic universities
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, October 26, 2016 

The University of New England is partnering with two Icelandic universities to build its reach in the North Atlantic and Arctic. UNE says the partnership with University of Akureyri and Holar University College was signed during last week’s 2016 Arctic Circle Assembly. Officials with UNE say the partnership will help grow new undergraduate exchange programs, develop international masters’ degree programs and foster cooperation on marine research.
Westbrook moratorium movement continues pushing for reforms to slow growth
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, October 26, 2016 

Advocates of a defeated building moratorium in Westbrook said Tuesday they will continue to push for changes to the city’s code of ordinances, but they are now unlikely to block a project that prompted much of their concern. The Westbrook City Council on Monday voted down a proposal for a 180-day stay on building permits for subdivisions with more than 10 housing units. That measure failed on a 3-3 tie vote, a blow to the neighbors who are alarmed by the rapid pace of residential construction in the city. But their group, called Westbrook Forward, will still advocate for the reforms they want.
New downtown district hopes to improve Portland's energy efficiency
Forecaster - Tuesday, October 25, 2016 

The Portland 2030 District is part of a broader continental initiative involving 13 U.S. cities, including Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Dallas, as well as Toronto, Canada. The goals of the new district are to reduce energy and emissions in existing buildings and construction, while also promoting alternative transportation to serve the district. Simpler approaches to meet goals include installing more efficient lighting, adding charging stations for electric vehicles and improved windows. The Portland 2030 District will host events to educate builders and owners on methods to reduce energy and water consumption, look for ways to reduce the number of people driving and parking in the district and make utility data more available.
Blog: Becoming a Registered Maine Guide: The Adventure Begins
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, October 25, 2016 

Becoming a Registered Maine Guide is a great way to share our passion for the outdoors with others, and make money doing something we love. We knew we couldn’t do it alone - our schedules are always full and our free time is limited, so we found a Master Maine Guide to help us with our journey. ~ Angela Quintal-Snowman
Komic Releaf: 2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography Award Finalists
Other - Tuesday, October 25, 2016 

Have fun dreaming up your own captions.
Scientists across globe mourn loss of respected UMaine climate researcher
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, October 25, 2016 

Climate change researchers around the world are mourning a well-respected University of Maine scientist who was killed in a snowmobile crash in Antarctica over the weekend. Gordon Hamilton, 50, was conducting National Science Foundation-funded field research with the university’s Climate Change Institute on Saturday, Oct. 22, when the snowmobile he was operating struck a crevasse. The scientists said Hamilton’s work and influence won’t soon be forgotten. “My great hope is that one of Gordon’s memorials will be a greater attention and understanding of climate change,” said one colleague.
Maine wind loses, solar wins in regional clean energy bids
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, October 25, 2016 

A panel from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island announced Tuesday that it picked Ranger Solar among its winning bidders, though it’s not clear whether the company’s two projects proposed in Maine will be part of negotiations. The company proposed a 50-megawatt solar array at the Sanford Airport and an 80-megawatt array on 250 acres in Farmington. Many other bidders who had proposed projects in Maine did not make the cut. Notably, that includes two massive transmission proposals to access wind farms in western Maine and in Aroostook County.
State board slashes funds to Augusta land project targeted by LePage
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, October 25, 2016 

The Land for Maine’s Future Board voted Tuesday to slash state funding to a controversial Augusta land conservation project that has been in Gov. Paul LePage’s cross hairs for more than a year. Reversing course on an earlier decision, five members of the land conservation board – all either appointed by LePage or who work for him – voted to reduce the state’s contribution to the $1.2 million Howard Hill project from $337,500 to $163,500. The lone dissenting board member, Neil Piper, said, “If the object is to kill the bond program totally, then this is a good step in that direction."
Interview: Portland tree guy Asher Woodworth explains his ‘magical’ intentions
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, October 25, 2016 

Portland artist Asher Woodworth, 30, was arrested on Monday for blocking traffic in downtown Portland while dressed as a tree. A trained dancer, Woodworth said that his intention was to give Portlanders pause as they went about the normally mundane act of driving through an intersection. Video of his performance and subsequent arrest quickly captured attention internationally. Here’s what he had to say about the performance and his run-in with the law.
Wind power dealt a blow as Maine transmission projects lose out
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, October 25, 2016 

Ambitious plans to build wind farms in northern and western Maine representing billions of dollars of investment were dealt a blow on Tuesday, after a coalition of utilities and state agencies in southern New England failed to select any Maine-based wind or transmission projects to meet the region’s clean-energy goals. Two large-scale solar electric projects, proposed by Ranger Solar of Yarmouth and slated for Sanford and Farmington, did make the initial cut, however.
New National Wildlife Refuge to Protect Northeast Shrubland
Maine Public - Tuesday, October 25, 2016 

The rare New England cottontail rabbit and other shrubland species are getting some new help from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency is focusing on 15,000 acres of land in six northeastern states, including 2,800 acres in Maine, to be included in a new Great Thickets National Wildlife Refuge.
Water retesting shows lead level mysteriously drops at central Maine school
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, October 25, 2016 

Results from a second round of testing for lead levels in the water at Benton Elementary School have brought good news but still plenty of questions. “All of the sites are well below the action level and well below what they were before,” Jeff LaCasse, general manager of the Kennebec Water District, said Tuesday of the second round of testing results. “Which has us a little confused, but it’s good news.”
Report: Maine voters find common ground on clean energy, National Monument
Mainebiz - Tuesday, October 25, 2016 

A new public opinion survey of likely Maine voters released on Tuesday by the Natural Resources Council of Maine shows strong, bipartisan support for the new national monument, solar power and other clean energy development, the Land for Maine's Future Program and protection for the state's environment. Some highlights:
• 72% support the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
• 61% support higher priority on solar power
• 62% oppose phasing out Maine's "net metering" policy
• 80% support new Land for Maine's Future funding
• 75% oppose weakening Maine's mining rules
• 70% believe global warming will harm Maine people
• 70% think Maine's environmental laws have worked
• 77% support requiring Northeast power plants to decrease carbon pollution
• 79% oppose rollbacks of environmental protections
Hike: Hills to Sea Trail in Belfast
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, October 25, 2016 

BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki explores the easternmost section of the new Hills to Sea Trail, a 46-mile trail that spans from Unity to Belfast. The construction of this trail began in 2013 and wrapped up in September of 2016. Marked with blue blazes and signs, this trail crosses conserved land and the private property of more than 60 landowners who have agreed to allow the trail on their land. The trail is open to foot traffic year round.
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