Aislinn Sarnacki

Aislinn Sarnacki

Outdoors Reporter

 
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Saving my neighbors, one snapping turtle at a time

on June 24, 2016, at 11:55 a.m.
The story of how I nearly rose to the status of superhero in the eyes of my neighbors begins at the G&M Variety Market in Holden. I had stopped at the market to grab a few items on the way home on Monday, June 20, and while waiting in line …
Lena Fisichelli, 5, of Winter Harbor holds a horseshoe crab on June 20 while on a guided nature walk organized by the Blue Hill Heritage Trust at Snow Maude E. Eugene Snow Natural Area in Brooksville.

Horseshoe crabs creep up the Bagaduce River

By Aislinn Sarnacki on June 23, 2016, at 3:09 p.m.
During high tide on June 20, the day of the summer solstice and the full moon, the Blue Hill Heritage Trust guided local residents to find these ancient creatures.
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1-minute hike: Barred Island Preserve on Deer Isle

on June 21, 2016, at 2:07 p.m.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate. About 1.5 miles of trails are located on the preserve — a main trail and a side trail that forms a loop. The trails travel through the shaded forest for the most part, over gradual hills and twisted tree roots. There is no trail on Barred Island, …

1-minute hike: Barred Island Preserve on Deer Isle

By Aislinn Sarnacki on June 21, 2016, at 12:58 p.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki explores Barred Island Preserve on Deer Isle. The preserve, owned by The Nature Conservancy and maintained by the Island Heritage Trust, features a 1-mile nature trail and a shorter trail that travels that traces the shore to visit a memorial on a boulder known as Prayer …
A sign points toward the Appalachian Trail on Pleasant Street in Monson in this September 2015 file photo.

Appalachian Trail center to educate hikers on Baxter State Park regulations, resources

By Aislinn Sarnacki on June 21, 2016, at 1 a.m.
A newly-expanded Appalachian Trail Visitor Center opened in Monson that will provide hikers with information about Baxter State Park’s regulations and resources.
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Where in the woods am I? Barred Island Preserve

on June 17, 2016, at 10:36 a.m.
And the answer is… Barred Island Preserve on Deer Isle! The winner, drawn randomly from all who guessed the location correctly, is Taylor Kilgore of Turner! Enjoy the $50 L.L.Bean gift card, Taylor. And thanks to everyone for playing. Stay tuned for next week’s contest, posted Monday morning and running …
"Bogs and Fens: A Guide to Peatland Plants of the Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada," by Ronald B. Davis, was released June 7 by the University Press of New England. Davis, a retired professor who lives in Orono, has devoted more than two decades to the study of peatlands and is the founder of the Orono Bog Boardwalk.

Orono Bog Boardwalk founder releases peatland plant guide

By Aislinn Sarnacki on June 16, 2016, at 1:15 p.m.
“I love natural beauty. That’s why I do a lot of photography. It helps me focus on nature, actually and figuratively,” Ronald B. Davis said with a smile. “I’ve been collecting photographs of plants that grow in bogs and fens for 10 years, but I didn’t know I was going to use them in a book.”
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My niece gives Orono Bog Boardwalk stamp of approval

on June 15, 2016, at 9:02 a.m.
“Are there snakes in these woods?” my 4.5-year-old niece, Willa, asked me as we walked side by side into the Rolland F. Perry City Forest on Saturday, June 4, in Bangor. “Yeah, but they’re nice snakes,” I told her. “They won’t hurt you.” “Oh,” she said, her brown ponytail bobbing …
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1-minute hike: Aziscohos Mountain in Lincoln Plantation

on June 14, 2016, at 11:36 a.m.
Difficulty: Strenuous because of the steep, rocky stretch of trail near the top of the mountain. The 2-mile trail starts out easy, though a bit muddy in the spring and early summer, then becomes increasingly difficult as it climbs the mountain. Water runs over the trail in many areas. Watch …

1-minute hike: Aziscohos Mountain in Lincoln Plantation

By Aislinn Sarnacki on June 14, 2016, at 11:21 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki hikes up Aziscohos Mountain, which rises 3,215 feet above sea level in western Maine and has an open summit that provides great views of the area. A 2-mile trail leading to the summit is maintained by the Trails for Rangeley Area Coalition.
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Where in the woods am I? Aziscohos Mountain

on June 13, 2016, at 10:03 a.m.
And the answer is… Aziscohos (or Aziscoos) Mountain in Lincoln Township! The winner, drawn randomly from all who guessed the location correctly, is Heather Seigars of China! Enjoy the $50 L.L.Bean gift card, Heather. And thanks to everyone for playing. Stay tuned for next week’s contest, posted Monday morning and …

Proposed Maine captive wildlife rules open for public comment

By Aislinn Sarnacki on June 09, 2016, at 3:47 p.m.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing to repeal and replace the state’s current captive wildlife rules and is accepting public comments about the recently proposed rules through June 17.
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An adult mosquito harvesting a blood meal

Maine’s mosquitoes: More than just a nuisance

By Aislinn Sarnacki on June 09, 2016, at 2:04 p.m.
Its high-pitched whine gives it away — that mosquito hovering near your ear. It’s maddening, that buzz. It portends of a future bite, one that will swell and itch. And although the chances are very slim in Maine, that mosquito could transmit a deadly virus.
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1-minute hike: Quoddy Head State Park in Lubec

on June 07, 2016, at 11:49 a.m.
Difficulty: Easy to moderately difficult, depending on the trails you explore in the park, which is home to about 5 miles of trails. The trails closest to the parking areas are wide and surfaced with gravel, making them smooth and easy to walk. Farther from the parking areas, the trails …

1-minute hike: Quoddy Head State Park in Lubec

By Aislinn Sarnacki on June 07, 2016, at 10:20 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and her dog Oreo explore trails at Quoddy Head State Park, a 541-acre park on the easternmost peninsula of the United States. The trail features about 5 miles of hiking trails, as well as the historic West Quoddy Head Lighthouse.
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Where in the woods am I? Quoddy Head State Park

on June 06, 2016, at 10:01 a.m.
And the answer is… Quoddy Head State Park in Lubec! The winner, drawn randomly from all who guessed the location correctly, is George Fields of Deer Isle! Enjoy the $50 L.L.Bean gift card, George. And thanks to everyone for playing. Stay tuned for next week’s contest, posted Monday morning and …
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Visit from luna moth stirs childhood memories

on June 03, 2016, at 2:11 p.m.
“Get up,” my husband said, shaking me awake as the early morning sun filtered through the window. I’m sure I gave him a look that communicated a combination of confusion, grumpiness and reluctance, because right away, he explained, “There’s a big, green moth on the porch. I knew you’d want …

Heart of the Penobscot reveals plans to boost outdoor recreation

By Aislinn Sarnacki on June 02, 2016, at 3:09 p.m.
Heart of the Penobscot, a group from southern Penobscot County, recently announced plans to launch a website that will serve as a “one-stop shop” for anyone who wants to learn about trails, outdoor recreation resources and events in the area.
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1-minute hike: Merryspring Nature Center in Camden

on May 31, 2016, at 12:14 p.m.
Difficulty: Easy-moderate. The preserve trail network travels through a variety of forests, across a powerline corridor and around the edge of a field. Some of the woodland trails travel over hills, exposed tree roots and rocks. The longest trail on the property, the Perimeter Trail, takes about 30-40 minutes to …

1-minute hike: Merryspring Nature Center in Camden

By Aislinn Sarnacki on May 31, 2016, at 11:48 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki explores the gardens and trail network of Merryspring Nature Center in Camden. The park was founded in 1974 by Mary Ellen Ross, a local horticulturist, and today offers a variety of public workshops and presentations on gardening and nature. The grounds are open to the public …