Turkey hunting season is almost over, and while I’ve been out several mornings to hunt with my father, I haven’t been successful in taking one down. They just weren’t coming in to our calls. Oh well. We’ll try again next season. At least I have some experience under my belt, and I’ll be all the more excited when I do manage to shoot my first bird. In the meantime, I’ll be shooting plenty of Maine wildlife with my camera, capturing images to share with you all.
— Aislinn Sarnacki
On Memorial Day weekend, a group of 35 hikers honored Maine’s fallen heroes by carrying tribute stones up The Owl, a 3,700-foot-tall mountain in Baxter State Park. The event was organized by The Summit Project, a living memorial to service members who’ve died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2001. BDN’s Aislinn Sarnacki joined them on the hike to document the journey with video, photos and written words.
“After nearly 200 years without adequate access to upstream habitat, the alewives finally are back. And not just a few of the river herring have returned. We’re talking thousands … and thousands … and thousands.” BDN’s John Holyoke stuck his camera underwater to check out the madness.
There’s nothing quite like watching an osprey in action, diving for fish with unbelievable accuracy. And when the fish start swimming up rivers and streams in the spring, these birds congregate at Maine dams to take advantage of the abundant prey.
“A couple of days ago, Jackson and his dad packed up the canoe for his first fishing outing at Clayton Lake. He was pretty successful in catching 4 brook trout, all cast and reeled by himself!”
“When Linda got the call from a neighbor with a back 40 that has a nice patch of fiddleheads every spring, she rushed right up. Unfortunately, the fiddleheads were almost gone by. She got one nice picking and that was it. To overcome our disappointment, I pulled out Tom Seymour’s newly revised ‘Wild Plants of Maine’ guide, published this year by Just Write Books, and we checked out our own back 40.”
On the horizon
Spring is slowly transitioning to summer, and there’s much to see and do in the Maine outdoors. If interested in watching birds of prey, such as osprey and cormorants, fishing the streams and rivers, consider visiting Leonard’s Mills in Bradley or the Orland Dam. In the near future, John Holyoke will be reviewing Paul Doiron’s new book, “The Bone Orchard,” and Aislinn Sarnacki will be producing a “1-minute hike” that stars her dog Oreo, as well as baby Canada geese.
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