March 23, 2018
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Word from the Woods: Town hall debate set for bear referendum

Handout | MCT
Handout | MCT
Black lines on the hind wings of a viceroy distinguish it from a female monarch, pictured here.
By John Holyoke, BDN Staff

As we inch forward toward election day, it’s time for all of us, as voters, to start learning more about the candidates who are running and to research the issues as thoroughly as possible. To that end, BDN Maine is happy to be teaming up to host a town hall-style debate that will explore Question 1, the ballot issue that would ban the use of bait, hounds, or trapping while hunting bears. The debate is set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, and will be held at CBS13’s Portland studio. It will be broadcast live on CBS13 and at, and we’d love for you to tune in. I’ll be there in Portland, along with BDN colleague Aislinn Sarnacki, and we’ll likely ask a question or two. If you’re interested in being in the audience, there are a limited number of spots available. To apply for a spot, follow this link

— John Holyoke

The butterfly effect : Monarchs continue to vanish from Maine fields

In Maine, monarch butterflies have been slowly disappearing from the landscape, and there isn’t much the state can do about it, according to state biologists. In response to this rapid decline (more than 90 percent in the past 20 years) a petition was filed Tuesday with U.S. Fish and Wildlife seeking Endangered Species Act protection for monarch butterflies.

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George’s Outdoor News: Moose: Big game animal, tourist attraction, and a disaster waiting to happen.

“State Trooper Dennis Quint, responding to a car-moose collision in July, collided with a moose on Route 1 in Cyr Plantation…”

Act Out with Aislinn: 1-minute hike: Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson

“Home to nearly 30 miles of multi-use forest trails, Hidden Valley Nature Center is a nonprofit education center that gives visitors access to 1,000 acres of contiguous forest in Lincoln County, including more an one mile of shoreline on Little Dyer Pond.”

On the horizon

A few weeks back, I tried to impress my new boss, Sarah Walker Caron, who recently moved to Maine and let slip that she’d never seen a moose. I guaranteed that I could find a moose for her … and failed. Sarah later told me that I could make it up to her by taking her fishing. The goal: Find a fish that we could eat. (Sarah’s a food writer, and figured we could put together a package that appealed to both outdoorsy types and foodies). Of course, if I failed (again), that would be a bad thing. That’s why I called an expert for some advice. Captain Pete Douvarjo was up to the task, and took a BDN crew out on the high seas on Tuesday. Sarah and I had a great time, photographer Ashley Conti was on hand to document the day, and later this week, we’ll share the stories, photos and video with you. A hint: No one bled (much). No one fell overboard (at all). And only one of us got seasick. I’ll let you guess who that was.

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