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Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, the most comprehensive online source available for links to Maine conservation and natural resource news stories and events. I have posted links to more than 34,000 news articles and announcements. I also post breaking stories and exclusives. Be sure to check not only today's news, but take a look at the headlines from the past several days as well. Articles often come to my attention a few days after they are published. Follow us on Twitter @MaineEnviroNews. Will Sugg is the website developer. ~ Jym St. Pierre, RESTORE: The North Woods
Maine Farmland Trust Annual Meeting, Nov 6
Event - Posted - Thursday, October 30, 2014 

MFT celebrates 15 years of farmland protection with a special screening of the new film series "Growing Local." At Chewonki, Wiscasset, Nov 6, 5-7:30 pm.
Hydraulic Fracking: Economic Boom or Natural Disaster? Nov 6
Event - Posted - Thursday, October 30, 2014 

This debate will feature three experts discussing the geological background and engineering advancements that make fracking possible, the economic impacts, environmental concerns, and potential implications for the renewable energy industry. At Colby College, Waterville, Diamond 142, Nov 6 , 7 pm.
Election Results and Maine’s Environment, Nov 6 & 13
Event - Posted - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Join the Natural Resources Council of Maine for an evening discussion about the November elections and what they may mean for the future of Maine’s environment. At Maine Historical Society, Portland, Nov 6, and Frontier Café, Brunswick, Nov 13, 5:30 pm. RSVP.
Coyote ~ America’s Songdog, Nov 5
Event - Posted - Thursday, October 23, 2014 

Conservation biologist Geri Vistein will detail Coyote’s long history, ecology, social life and relationship with other wildlife and the ecosystem as well as with humans. Visitors are invited to share their own stories and dialogue about the interrelatedness of all life. At University of New England, Portland, Nov 5, 5-6:30 pm.
Ecosystem and Fishery Impacts from the Rapid Warming of the Gulf of Maine, Nov 4
Event - Posted - Thursday, October 23, 2014 

Over the last 10 years, the Gulf of Maine has warmed faster than 99% of the global ocean. This lecture will address how marine ecosystems and the fisheries that depend on them respond to rising temperatures. At Colby College, Waterville, Olin 1, Nov 4, 7 pm.
Scarborough Energy Day, Nov 1
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 

Demonstrations on how to stop drafts, make interior storm windows, and other low cost, practical ways to weatherize your home. Learn about Efficiency Maine rebates and homeowner incentives to make your home more comfortable and save on energy and heating bills. At Oak Hill Ace Hardware, Scarborough, Nov 1, 10 am - 2 pm. Sponsors include Sierra Club Maine Green Sneakers Project and Town of Scarborough Energy Committee.
Sebasticook Regional Land Trust marks 10th anniversary, Nov 1
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 

The fourth-annual Local Foods Feast features locally grown and produced goods. After the benefit dinner, there will be a screening of the new film DamNation. At Unity College Center for the Performing, Nov 1, 7:30 pm.
Waterfowl of Sabattus Pond, Nov 1
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 

In the fall, Sabattus Pond hosts a large concentration of migrating waterfowl including Ruddy and Ring-necked Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, Lesser and Greater Scaup and Coots. Nov 1, 8 am – 12 pm. Field trip sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
A Fierce Green Fire, Oct 29
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 

This film explores 50 years of the environmental movement from conservation to climate change. A speaker will follow the screening. At Belfast Library, Oct 29, 6 pm. Sponsored by Maine Sierra Club.
Threatened and Endangered: Flora and Fauna of Maine: Artist's Books
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

Book artist Rebecca Goodale will present an illustrated talk about her multi-year project to create artist's books documenting all of the plants and animals on Maine's "Threatened and Endangered Species" lists. At Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium, Oct 28, 7 pm. The talk will also be live streamed.
Loon talk, Oct 28
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

Wildlife biologist Danielle D’Auria will talk about loons. At Harmony Hall, Hampden, Oct 28, 7 pm.
Communicating about Climate Impacts, Oct 28-29
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

Need help developing effective climate messages for your audiences? Struggling to reach and motivate stakeholders to engage in outreach events? Climate and environmental communications expert Cara Pike will lead a two-day workshop aimed at helping you develop effective framing and public engagement strategies in support of climate action and sustainability goals. At Wells Reserve, Oct 28-29, $65.
Gray Fox, Oct 28
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

Wildlife Biologist Sean Moriarty will talk about the Gray Fox, a critter quite different from the Red Fox in their stout, more powerful build, unique coloration, and their ability to climb trees. At Topsham Public Library, Oct 28, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Help wanted: Executive Director, Maine Initiatives
Announcement - Monday, October 20, 2014 

The next executive director of Maine Initiatives has the unique opportunity to live and work in Maine, leading an established, well-respected community-based progressive public foundation to create long term social, economic, and environmental justice in Maine communities.
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Who really pays for wildlife management and conservation?
Other - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

Nonhuman predators are disfavored by wildlife managers at all levels as competition for sportsmen and are treated as second-class citizens of the animal kingdom. Sportsmen suggest this bias is justified because “Sportsmen pay for wildlife,” a refrain heard repeatedly. Using public information about budgets of various conservation, wildlife advocacy, and land management agencies and non-profit organizations, published studies and educated assumptions regarding sources of federal excise monies from the sale of sporting equipment, the authors of this paper contend that approximately 95% of federal, 88% of non-profit, and 94% of total funding for wildlife conservation and management come from the non-hunting public.
Two Maine Maritime Academy students generating power at Belfast dam
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

It was dim, damp and loud Saturday afternoon inside the small Mason Dam power plant, as water diverted from the Goose River turned the propellers of two turbines and generated electricity — 70 kilowatts per hour, to be exact. Although the mechanical vibrations inside made it impossible to talk, the proud smiles of Maine Maritime Academy students Nicholas Berner, 23, and Nicholas Cabral, 22, said it all. The midshipmen, now finishing up their studies in marine systems engineering, purchased Goose River Hydro last spring, optimistic about their chances of getting the three power plants and five dams up and running again, but uncertain of what it would take to get there. Now, they know.
East-West Corridor Raises Questions For Coastal Maine
Other - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

Fisherman's Voice - A 220-mile pipeline project across the state of Maine continues to raise questions. The project is being promoted by a Maine construction company that has built pipelines and bridges in other states. Critics have said details of how it would be funded and built, and the precise location of the route, have not been released by the company, Cianbro Corporation. Chris Buchanan, with the group Defending Water and stopthecorridor.org, said she is concerned about potential impacts on water quality, in a state with a large number of brooks, streams, rivers, wetlands and lakes — fresh water that empties into the estuaries and coastal waterways. Jym St. Pierre, with a group called RESTORE: The North Woods, is also a vocal opponent of the East-West Corridor. St. Pierre said that the proposed Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement could undermine health and environmental protections.
What Kind of Bear Hunt Do We Need and Want? The Answer Isn’t so Clear
Sierra Club - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

With no official Sierra Club position, the Maine Chapter is encouraging all Mainers to become as informed as possible on the bear hunting issue before they cast their vote in November. Here are both sides’ responses to some commonly asked questions.
Bates researchers get money to study climate through clams
Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

The National Science Foundation awarded $337,228 to a Bates College oceanographer and a geologist to continue climate research based on the shells of clams. Biology professor William Ambrose and geology professor Michael Retelle say they’ll analyze the natural record archived in clamshells over a millennium to plot changes in sea temperature. The goal is to create a 1,000-year record of changing sea and climate conditions in the Norwegian Arctic.
Maine endangered animals bill on tap for December
Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

A draft of a legislation that would add several new species to Maine's threatened and endangered animals list will likely go to state lawmakers in December. State environmental officials might add the little brown bat and northern long-eared bat to the endangered list after white nose syndrome hurt populations. The eastern small-footed bat also faces threatened status. The black-crowned night heron and great cormorant may be upgraded to "endangered." There are 45 species on the state's threatened and endangered lists.
College of the Atlantic researchers add 8,000th whale to humpback catalog
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

You could call it Facebook for humpback whales. But this particular database, of all the known humpback whales in the North Atlantic Ocean, is a lot older than any online social media service. It was first started in 1977 by students and faculty at College of the Atlantic and, just recently, added the 8,000th member to its list. The purpose of the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalog is to help researchers keep track of and assess the health of both individual whales and the species’ overall population in the North Atlantic. Humpback whales are listed as endangered under federal law.
Rockland nonprofit uses volunteer power to keep Mainers warmer in the winters
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

It all started so small, Richard Cadwgan marveled this week as he looked around at the Window Dressers’ busy teaching workshop space in Rockland’s Lincoln Street Center — space that is packed with the makings for thousands of low-cost, high-efficiency thermal window inserts.
Taking the measure of Mike Michaud: A hard look at his 12 years in Congress
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

After 12 years in Congress, asking “What has Michaud accomplished there?” is a fair question as voters consider him as perhaps Maine’s next governor. Michaud’s record is filled with laws and amendments that ended up being folded into larger legislation or budget bills — a hallmark of the legislative process in both Washington and, often, Augusta. It’s reflective of a politician who works in the trenches and builds coalitions in the legislative process, versus pursuing singular legislative accomplishments. Michaud was the original author of a bill to create the Northern Border Regional Commission, which was enacted in the 2008 Farm Bill. Several large grants have come to Maine through the commission, including $250,000 for the Eastport Port Authority, $200,000 for a Van Buren vegetable processing plant and $250,000 for facilities investments to aid the 2014 World Acadian Congress.
Poll: A majority of Mainers oppose ban on bear-baiting
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

Mainers’ opposition to a proposed ban on the use of bait, dogs or traps in bear hunting continues to grow, according to a new poll by the Maine Sunday Telegram/Portland Press Herald. The poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, showed 57 percent of voters oppose Question 1, compared to 36 percent who support it and 7 percent who remain undecided. The result follows a trend in two previous Telegram polls showing that Mainers have become more opposed to the ban as they learn more about it.
Inmates turned farmers
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

The Kennebec County Restorative Community Harvest, which teaches inmates to farm, is run by the county department of corrections. But its real aim is charitable: The food the inmates raise is donated to more than 30 local schools, soup kitchens and other nonprofit community organizations.
Mill closures remind us of Maine paper’s power
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

Paper is likely the most powerful product to come out of Maine. Its economic clout has been mighty, building entire towns in the midst of vast Maine forests and helping to lift countless Maine families into the middle class. Right now, Maine’s ties to paper are coming undone. Verso’s paper mill in Bucksport is scheduled to close by the end of this year, and mills in Old Town and East Millinocket also shuttered in 2014. Every time a mill leaves, some of Maine’s cultural connections to paper go with it.
Maine Wind Developers: "We Like Mike"
Citizens Task Force on Wind Power - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

A list of wind power developers who are contributing to Mike Michaud's political campaign.
Maine Harvest Festival to showcase many farmers, food producers
Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

More than 150 local farmers and producers will be showcasing their food, beverages, music and more at the Maine Harvest Festival next month. The fourth annual festival will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The event includes live music, demonstrations and presentations on things like agriculture and healthy eating. The event is sponsored in part by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. It costs $7 for adults and is free for children under the age of 12.
Despite good wages, lobster processing is a hard sell
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

Many lobster processors who have built plants or made plans to expand in recent years but who say it’s a challenge to find people to run the cookers, inspect meat for shells and cartilage, oversee shipping and receiving, and do a variety of other tasks. The processors aren’t the only ones who have to work hard to find and retain workers. Lobster-related businesses are struggling to find workers to fill jobs at the wharves, the tank rooms, storage trucking, shipping and packaging.
Column: Foliage season may be best appreciated from a motorcycle
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

With the sea kayak now safely put away for the winter (perhaps there’ll be the opportunity to paddle a couple more times on some of Maine’s “quiet water” in the lake kayak), my thoughts turned one day last week to taking what might be the last autumn ride on the motorcycle. Between Augusta and Camden, there’s seasonal splendor to spare. ~ John Christie
Column: Only history maligns Malaga Island
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

The tragic story of Malaga Island has been told many times since the tiny isle off Phippsburg was sold in 2001 to the Maine Coast Heritage Trust and archaeologists began to unearth the remains of its disenfranchised community. But there’s still much pain for the descendants of Malaga Island, despite the fact this wild, pristine island in the Gulf of Maine is now visited by boaters and coastal hikers. ~ Deirdre Fleming
Column: The early hunter may get the heedless deer
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

The full rut begins around Nov. 13 and ends about Nov. 23, a time when big bucks concentrate their energy on breeding – good news for hunters. Bucks lose their natural wariness in a headlong rush to find does in estrous to perpetuate their gene pool. During the pre-rut stage before early November, though, hunters need not despair, because they have an advantage. Deer normally establish an early, somewhat predictable fall routine before the full rut, so astute pre-rut hunters focus attention on core areas, where these animals find food, shelter and water. ~ Ken Allen
Column: Week by week, new challenges and opportunities for the deer hunter
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

With waterfowl, fall turkey, upland game and archery seasons in full swing, there’s been plenty of opportunity to get out and about this autumn. But the majority of Maine hunters have been whiling away the weeks waiting for the main attraction. The regular firearms season for deer runs a generous four weeks and each week offers a different set of opportunities. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: A good time to look at our understanding of migration
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

Some birders will argue that the fall migration beats the spring migration hands-down. Sure, spring songbirds are singing with full throat, dressed in their breeding season finery. But the spring migration is relatively brief. The fall migration is much more protracted, spanning early August into December for different species. ~ Herb Wilson
Opinion: Bans on baiting, snaring, dogs would pave the way for real bear hunting in Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

An editorial urging a ‘no’ vote on Question 1 gets (“Our View: Bear-baiting case not made: We say ‘no’ on Question 1,″ Oct. 19) gets it wrong: Shooting an animal that’s gorging on junk food is just killing for killing’s sake. One might as well go “hunting” in a zoo. Let’s not ban real bear hunting, but let’s please ban baiting, snaring and dogs from the equation. ~ Nick Mills, Cumberland Foreside
Opinion: Maine Voices: Climate change more an opportunity than a threat
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

Climate change deniers warn that reducing carbon emissions will cause economic disaster. Meanwhile, left-leaning author Naomi Klein has written that climate change can only be addressed by uprooting modern capitalism. Both are wrong. In fact, addressing climate change will improve our economy, save money for families, create good jobs and generate opportunities. Lasting solutions may be disruptive to some sectors, but not revolutionary. ~ John Brautigam, former Democratic state representative from Falmouth and former director of Efficiency Maine
Column: Poliquin smart? Yes. But there’s a jerk factor
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

At issue during the WCSH/WLBZ-TV debate among the candidates for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District seat was the oft-told story of Bruce Poliquin’s oceanfront property in Georgetown. For years he paid next to nothing in property taxes on his oceanfront property in Georgetown by enrolling it in Maine’s Tree Growth Tax Program. After bending over backward to concede that Poliquin had done nothing illegal by all but eliminating his property tax bill on the woodlot, moderator Callaghan asked: “Was it ethical? Was it the right thing to do to take that exemption?” Poliquin's non-answer: “This is a good example of Emily Cain simply not telling the truth." ~ Bill Nemitz
Commentary: Green, with envy
Washington Post - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

Who chooses to install solar panels on their roof? You might assume that the people who do so are probably fairly rich (an average installation can cost around $35,000, before tax credits or other incentives), and most assuredly, politically liberal. They can afford it, and it fits their values to boot. According to a new study, though, politics and income may not be such important factors after all. Examining the spread of solar photovoltaic residential installations in Connecticut, researchers found instead that the single most important factor driving whether a given house installed solar was peer influence, whether other houses nearby had recently done so. ~ Chris Mooney
Letter: Teddy Roosevelt would find Maine bear hunt appalling
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 26, 2014 

Avid outdoorsman Teddy Roosevelt hunted game in many states and especially enjoyed Maine. He was once brought by a Maine hunting guide to a trapped bear of legendary size, but angrily refused to shoot a captured animal. This president who preserved millions of acres in this country to provide wilderness experiences for all would have been appalled by the cruel and unsporting practices allowed in this state. ~ Nathanael Greene, Cape Elizabeth
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Lobster keeps Maine fishing ports among top nationwide
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Update: Biotech and Agribusinesses Spending Heavily to Defeat State GMO Food Labeling Votes
In spending related to Colorado and Oregon GMO labeling initiatives, DuPont adds another $4.4 million to the NO side coffers, with Coca Cola pushing another $468K towards a NO vote and Kellogg pumping an additional $250K towards a vote opposing GMO food labeling. The Big Food and Biotech forces have now spent nearly $33 million opposing the consumers’ right to know that is in their food.
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Local GMO Fights Smash Records as Monsanto's Millions Bankroll Opposition
By Lauren McCauley - As voters in Oregon, California, Hawaii and Colorado prepare to weigh in on whether genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, should be banned or regulated in their states or communities, grassroots campaigns are being overwhelmed by millions that agrochemical and food industry titans are pouring in to defeat such measures. Monsanto alone spent roughly $14 million in various local races this election year.
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