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Bird Walk at Erickson Fields Preserve, Jun 3
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 27, 2017 

Naturalist Kirk Gentalen will lead a group around MCHT’s Teen Ag garden and through the woods to search for migratory songbirds and discover what other feathered creatures inhabit the preserve. At Maine Coast Heritage Trust's Erickson Fields Preserve, Rockport, June 3, 8-11 am.
Making Paper, Making Maine, Jun 3
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 27, 2017 

Get an inside look at the new exhibit "Making Paper, Making Maine," which recognizes the historic shifts going on in Maine’s paper industry. Also, keynote talk by Alan Caron, author of "Maine's Next Economy." At Maine Historical Society Annual Meeting, Portland, June 3, 10 am - 2 pm, $25 MHS Members; $30 others.
Hills to Sea Trail Opens, Jun 2
Event - Posted - Friday, May 26, 2017 

All are invited to a Grand Opening Celebration for the Hills to Sea Trail, a 47-mile trail from Unity to Belfast. At Waldo County Technical Center, Belfast, June 2, 9 am - 1:30 pm.
Flying WILD and Bird Sleuth Educator Workshop, Jun 2
Event - Posted - Friday, May 26, 2017 

This 4.5 hour workshop provides activities that teach people about birds and what they can do to help birds and their habitats. At Fields Pond, Holden, Jun 2, 8:45 am – 2 pm, Maine Audubon members $23, non-members $25.
Help wanted: Conservation Policy Associate
Announcement - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

Appalachian Mountain Club is seeking to fill this temporary position July-December 2017; there is the potential for the position to extend into 2018.
Speak up in defense of Maine’s new National Monument
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

Last summer’s creation of the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in northern Maine was a huge victory for conservation and wildlife in our state. Today, that designation is at risk. The Trump administration is conducting a review of national monument designations, including Katahdin Woods & Waters. The Department of Interior is accepting public comments until July 10. ~ Maine Audubon
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument is Under Attack
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

The Trump Administration is threatening to overturn Maine’s new National Monument. At the request of Governor Paul LePage, the Department of Interior (DOI) included Katahdin Woods & Waters on a list of 27 monuments to be “reviewed.” DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke could recommend that Maine’s National Monument be changed, or possibly even abolished. Tell the Trump Administration to keep its hands off Katahdin Woods & Waters. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Save Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

President Trump is considering eliminating or changing the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in Maine. Urge the Trump Administration and your U.S. congressional representatives to oppose any effort to eliminate or weaken Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. Comment deadline is July 10, 2017. ~ RESTORE: The North Woods
Appalachian Odyssey, May 28
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

Jeff Ryan will regale with tales about his 28-year odyssey hiking the Appalachian Trail. At Freeport Conservation Trust annual meeting, at the Freeport Community Center, May 28, 7 pm.
BDN Poll: Should the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument get its own signage?
Action Alert - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage is refusing to put signs along state roads showing the way to Maine’s national monument. Should the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument get its own signage?
Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration Festival, May 27-28
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

The towns of Nobleboro and Newcastle and the Nobleboro Historical Society present the 10th annual Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration Festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28. Witness the annual return of the alewives as they ascend the fish ladder to spawn in Damariscotta Lake.
Ragged Mountain Preserve Nature Walk, May 27
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

Maine Master Naturalists Cloe Chunn and Roger Rittmaster will lead a general natural history walk at the peak time for spring wildflowers and songbird migration in midcoast Maine. Meet at Route 17 parking area for Georges Highland Path, May 27, 10 am - noon. Sponsored by Coastal Mountains Land Trust.
Third Annual Freeport Birding Festival, May 26-28
Event - Posted - Friday, May 19, 2017 

Owl Prowl at Mast landing Sanctuary; birding at Florida Lake, Pettengill Farm, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, and Sayles Field; Casco Bay kayak tour; outing at Winslow Park, etc. May 26-28. Sponsored by L.L. Bean and Maine Audubon.
Saving Seabirds: New Lessons from Puffins, May 25
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 18, 2017 

60% of all seabirds have vanished in the last 60 years. Dr. Stephen Kress, Director of National Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program, will talk about the restoration of Maine seabirds. At L.L. Bean, Freeport, May 25, 7-9 pm, Maine Audubon members $10, non-members $15.
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Opinion: Maine’s national monument protects ponds, streams where our iconic fish swim
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

Katahdin Woods and Waters protects four heritage brook trout ponds. The monument protects fish and their habitat in 20 miles of the East Branch of the Penobscot River, 10 miles of Wassataquoik Stream, 7 miles of the Seboeis River, and miles and miles of small tributary streams vital to brook trout and salmon spawning. Given the extent and quality of trout and salmon habitat, the designation of a national monument was a route to ensure permanent protections for our native fish, a central part of our mission. The 87,000 acres of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument isn’t a cut-over, mosquito-infested no-man’s land. It is home to legacy brook trout ponds and clear, productive flowing waters. ~ Kathy Scott, Maine Council of Trout Unlimited
These offshore Maine islands are populated only by sheep
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

Come each May, a small cluster of islands about three miles off the coast of Addison in Washington County sees a surprising burst of activity. The Wakeman family runs Compass Rose Farm and oversees flocks of sheep that have lived on these islands for generations, providing wool to sell on the mainland. These flocks call Little Nash, Big Nash and Flat islands home.
‘Spiteful and petty’: Maine governor bans signs to Obama-designated monument
Other - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

Guardian (UK) - A decision by the Republican governor of Maine, Paul LePage, to ban signs to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, has been described as “sophomoric and petty” by a member of the family that donated the 87,563-acre tract to the nation. LePage made the controversial move, which was announced on Friday, pending the outcome of a federal review of 27 national monuments ordered by Donald Trump. Lucas St Clair, whose family donated the land, said that the governor’s refusal to erect signs was “spiteful and destructive. It’s one of the most irresponsible things he could do for the region. To place signs to show the way to the national monument is a simple thing. It could even be [done with] private money. But he has refused to allow that to happen. It’s a sophomoric and petty way to behave.”
Gulf of Maine will become too warm for many key fish, report says
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

A new study by federal fisheries scientists predicts the warming of the Gulf of Maine will cause a dramatic contraction of suitably cool habitat for a range of key commercial fish species there. On the other hand, lobsters are more likely to find hospitable areas. The study by seven scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, used a high-resolution global climate model and federal fisheries survey data to model how key fisheries species would likely be affected by predicted warming over the next 80 years.
There’s new roots on old Maine farmland in Lewiston
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

New Roots Cooperative Farm is a joint venture by Ismail, Jabril Abdi, Seynab Ali and Mohammed Abukar, as well as several nonprofits that worked on their behalf. The Somali-born farmers have all been nurtured by and are graduates of Cultivating Community’s farmer training program. Maine Farmland Trust bought the land for the farm, 30 acres in Lewiston, and entered into a lease-to-own relationship with the farmers, with Land for Good assisting in the negotiation process. The plan is that eventually, they’ll buy the farm outright from Maine Farmland Trust. In the meantime, there are crops to plant.
Whether you’re a new or experienced cyclist, CyclingSavvy classes can teach you confidence
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

With more drivers, and more distracted drivers than ever, riding a bicycle in traffic can be frightening. So here’s my plug: getting around town on a bike is possible in almost any setting, especially with good safety training. And there’s no better resource for building the confidence and skills of riders – both experienced and less-experienced – than CyclingSavvy, a three-part national course that’s offered in southern Maine during the warmer months.
Artist Susan Perrine helps children tap into natural creativity
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

On Thursday, Woolwich artist Susan Perrine spent the day building a woven twig garden structure with students at Lyseth Elementary and Lyman Moore schools in Portland. The project is funded by L.L. Bean through its Outdoor Discovery, Adventure and Stewardship Grant program. We called Perrine up to talk about the environmental lessons she hopes to convey.
What did your lobster eat before you ate your lobster? And why should you care?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

Lobsters find available foods and consume them selectively, judiciously eating them at rates that fulfill their need for a balanced diet of protein, fat, calcium and phosphorous. Indigenous delicacies include plankton, sea worms, crabs, urchins and small fish, while other baits have included redfish racks, tuna heads, East Coast menhaden and West Coast rockfish. To meet the demand of the Maine lobster industry, bait is now sourced from all over the world, a logistical fact that raises serious biosecurity and human health issues.
Column: Midcoast Mainers love Pemaquid Peninsula
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

Much of the beautiful wilderness on the Pemaquid Peninsula, from Waldoboro to John’s Bay, has been preserved by the tireless work of the Pemaquid Watershed Association, and their many members, volunteers and partners. PWA maintains more than eight miles of trails and 21/2 miles of shorefront for public access across nearly a dozen preserves. Each preserve has its own unique geography, sights and wildlife. These four are some of my favorites – ideal places to avoid the crowds and experience more of what the peninsula has to offer. ~ Jake Christie
Column: Sometimes a tom’s just not that into you
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

My calls were answered by not one but two gobblers, and moments later three red heads popped over the rise. No ladies in this group and the boys were now competing to be first to the woodline in pursuit of a perceived hen. They all looked about the same size but brighter head color and a more confident pace revealed the dominant bird on which I centered by scope when the trio paused at 35 yards. At my shot, two of the three birds ran off. The other rode home in my truck. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: For birds and beauty, it’s Shapleigh Pond
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

What it may lack in watery acreage, Shapleigh Pond in North Shapleigh makes up for with an amazing variety of birdlife. We explored the pond, located off Route 11 about 15 miles north of Sanford, just before the leaves fully emerged, and it was easy to follow boldly marked sparrows and warblers flitting from alder to alder only feet from our canoe. ~ Michael Perry
Column: Clearing the way on the Appalachian Trail
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

It’s the middle of May when throngs of maintainers from the Maine Appalachian Trail Club take to the trail, after the snowpack has diminished but before Memorial Day weekend. From the boundary of Baxter State Park to Grafton Notch in the Mahoosucs, we’ve got a brief window of time to clear the winter blowdowns and clip back the brush to open the way for the summer hiking season. ~ Carey Kish
Editorial: In Gov. LePage’s view, no one has right answers but him
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

With LePage arguments are just cover for his anitipathy toward just about anyone who contradicts his world view or questions his narrow perception of what Maine should be. Take, for instance, solar power, for which the governor last year negated a hard-fought bipartisan compromise. It’s not philosophy that matters, only that solar, as the governor sees it, is the domain of liberals and coastal elites – not “real Mainers.” And that’s only the start. Land conservation? More hippie nonsense aimed at killing jobs, backed by corrupt legislators and rich, liberal landowners looking to make a quick buck. Never mind that state conservation has saved properties of all kinds and purposes in all 16 counties, and drives our tourism economy.
Trump Budget Would Wallop EPA's Climate and Environment Programs
Inside Climate News - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

Details of President Donald Trump's 2018 budget proposal, leaked this week, reveal that the administration appears determined to wallop environmental programs, including many that tackle climate change. It would cut Environmental Protection Agency funding by nearly one-third, slash spending on renewable energy innovation, and eliminate the Greenhouse Gas Reporting program, among other programs.
Facebook CEO Zuckerburg visits Katahdin region
Maine Environmental News - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are in Maine this weekend to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. Zuckerburg was in the Katahdin region. He posted on Facebook: "Priscilla and I spent the day in Millinocket, Maine hiking on the Appalachian Trail around Mount Katahdin, and meeting local residents. Forest-based industries like lumber and paper were the lifeblood of this region for generations, but trade and technology have forced mills across the region to close and thousands of jobs to be lost. Despite all the challenges, I was struck by their commitment to rebuild their community. They're optimistic they can build new industries not cutting down the forests, but leaving them standing and creating tourism from the natural beauty, as well as other industries of the future."
Unity preschool program emphasizes importance of the outdoors
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

Forest kindergartens, where children spend all of their time outdoors, started in Europe decades ago. The first nature-based preschool was started in 1967 in New Canaan, Connecticut, according to Patti Bailie, an assistant professor of early childhood education at UMaine at Farmington. In the United States, nature-based preschools, which spend a portion of their time outdoors, are more popular than forest kindergartens. There is a forest kindergarten at White Pine in York, and nature-based preschools at Juniper Hill in Alna and Sprouts in Unity.
Alewife festival draws Maine crowd
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

The sixth annual Benton Alewife Festival on Saturday, which was held in the town’s Family Fun Park, is a way to celebrate the impact that alewives have on the town. The small fish has long been a staple to the area, but over the decades rivers with dams and pollution in the waterways diminished the fish’s population. When dams in Augusta and Winslow were removed a few years ago, alewives returned to the region.
Column: As the grey retreats, time to again explore the outdoors
Sun Journal - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

Finally, earlier this month, the wind freshened and the sun pushed through the under cast sporadically. We drove down to Franklin, Maine, to search out some of my old childhood haunts. George's Pond was still there 70 years later, as are the expansive blueberry barrens across from the pond. We found the camp that my family rented every summer during my childhood. Memories came flooding back. Wonderful recollections of lazy August days catching bass and perch with my dad in a leaky old row boat. Pan-fried perch filets for supper and homemade blueberry pies. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Editorial: The EPA asked which rules should be repealed. Here’s what Americans said
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

The Environmental Protection Agency has long been a target of criticism from Republican lawmakers, who periodically threaten to abolish it. President Donald Trump has joined this chorus. But, a curious thing happened when the EPA asked the public which of the agency’s rules should be eliminated or modified. The resounding answer from thousands of Americans was “none.” Thoughtful review of regulations makes sense, but it doesn’t make sense to move backwards on rules and regulations that protect public health and the environment.
LePage refuses to put up National Monument road signs
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage is refusing to put signs along state roads showing the way to Maine’s national monument, pending the outcome of a federal review, state officials said Friday. The governor won’t allow official signs for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument to be placed along Interstate 95 and Routes 11, 157 and 159 — all Katahdin region main roads — until federal officials determine whether the executive order creating the monument was valid, Maine Department of Transportation spokesman Ted Talbot said.
Letter: Sen. Collins’ stand against dirty energy agenda appreciated
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

Recently, some members of Congress tried to give the oil and gas industry a free pass to waste taxpayer dollars and energy resources, through dangerous leaks in methane from oil and gas operations. Fortunately for Maine, however, Sen. Susan Collins took a stand against her party and their dirty energy agenda, and voted against attempts to gut standards that limit the oil and gas industry’s methane pollution and waste. It is unacceptable for American tax dollars to be used to clean up after giant corporations, and we thank Sen. Collins for siding with Mainers instead of wealthy CEOs. ~ Saif Pratt, Portland
Letter: Mining toxins harm children
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

The mining bill LD 820 would allow contamination of groundwater with toxins that are waste product from mining operations. The toxins released by a mining operation at Bald Mountain would include arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury. Pre- and postnatal exposure to any or all of these is linked with learning disabilities. There are no examples of metallic mineral mining, anywhere in the world that does not contaminate the groundwater surrounding the mining area. The Legislature should reject LD 820. ~ Shelley Mountain, Mapleton
Don’t give bears a reason to stop by your house
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Friday, May 19, 2017 

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has put out its annual warning on avoiding unwanted visits from hungry bears, and the annual tips bear repeating. While all of us love seeing bears (if we’re fortunate enough to have seen them), having them too close to our homes isn’t a great idea. Actually inviting them into our backyards? A truly bad idea. And make no mistake, there are all kinds of ways that we may unintentionally be inviting bears into our yards.
Waves will add to sea-rise problems, scientists warn
Other - Friday, May 19, 2017 

Tribune - The effects of rising oceans on coastal flooding may be even worse than we thought. Scientists have found that a mere 10 to 20 centimeters, or about 4 to 8 inches, of sea-level rise – which is expected by 2050 – will more than double the frequency of serious flooding events in many parts of the globe. Also waves can have a big impact.
Agencies Team Up to Curb Rise in Paddler Deaths
Maine Public - Friday, May 19, 2017 

Last year, 28 people in the Northeast died from paddle craft-related deaths. That’s more than double the national average, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. To try to reduce the number of fatalities, the regional Coast Guard office in Maine is teaming up with the National Weather Service to issue a new advisory to alert enthusiasts when water temperatures are dangerously cold. They’re also emphasizing the use of one tried and true safety tool they say isn’t used nearly enough: the life jacket.
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