Saw my first canoe on a car rack last week. The grass is turning a hopeful shade of brown. Spring is upon us! And with that more seasonal weather, Aislinn and I are eager to spend more time outdoors, rounding up cool stories to share with you. Here’s a brief summary of what the BDN Maine Outdoors crew — bloggers included — have been working on.
— John Holyoke
Shelly Brown was frustrated when she spotted a mottled white deer in Bangor a few weeks back. Brown didn’t have her good camera in the car. But recently the deer showed up again … and Brown was ready.
These furry critters — black with two distinctive white stripes — are relatively mild-tempered, yet they easily make the top 10 list of animals to fear in Maine. And as a result, most people don’t know a whole lot about them.
The canoe racing season is in full swing, with races in Hampden and Winterport on tap this weekend.
Wildlife is all around us here in Maine, even in the midst of town. Sometimes, it can be a bit distracting, especially if you’re driving down a busy street and trying to watch critters at the same time. The lesson here — don’t “bird” and drive.
Drip drop: winter is breaking in the north woods
Rianne Ackley, Life As A Warden Wife
“The woods came alive today with sun and warmth. Birds were noisier than they’ve been in months and their songs paired perfectly with the steady drips of melting snow…”
Maine’s recreational fishing rules are too darned complicated
George Smith, George’s Outdoor News
“While working for the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, I organized a group, called the Pickering Commission, two times over a 15 year period to review the fishing laws and rules and suggest improvements and simplifications. We had little luck …”
Maple syruping for beginners: boiling! part three
Karen O. Zimmermann, Maine Morsels
“The snow is melting and the mud is beginning to appear. The ground looks rather dirty, so watching our collecting jugs fill with sap is a welcome distraction…”
On the Horizon
If you’re in the market for another canoe or kayak (or a piece of paddling gear), you may want to head to Old Town Canoe for the company’s annual spring sale. It’ll be held April 18-20 at 125 Gilman Falls Ave. in Old Town. Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. April 18; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 19; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 20.
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